Lenovo’s Legion Y740S Uses An External GPU

by John Nieves  January 6, 2020

You’ll have to buy the GPU enclosure to get desktop-level graphics

Lenovo’s new Legion Y740S promises to deliver the best of both worlds – a light, and a slim 15.6-inch notebook that you can bring everywhere that has enough oomph to play AAA games – with the help of a companion device.

That device is the company’s first external GPU dubbed the Legion BoostStation, which houses anything from an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti to an RTX 2080 Super (or a Radeon RX 5700 XT if you really want it) via Thunderbolt 3.

The notebook itself is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest gaming device yet, which isn’t surprising considering it doesn’t have to account for the extra bits to cool a GPU, and is powered by an Intel Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD. Screen choices range from full HD or a 4K display. Again, you’ll have to pair it with the Legion BoostStation to be able to enjoy discrete graphics, or you’ll have to settle with Intel’s integrated graphics.

Lenovo has said that both devices ship in May, at least in the US, with the Y740S retailing for $1,100 while the BoostStation costing $250 for just the enclosure without a GPU attached.

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