Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review (2022 RTX 3070Ti model, vs 3060)

This newsletter is our detailed overview of the highest-tier configuration of the 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional collection, with Intel Twelfth-gen i7-12700H + 32GB RAM + Nvidia RTX 3070Ti specifications.

I’ve already reviewed the mid-tier i7 + RTX 3060 configuration of the Legion 5i Professional laptop in a prior article, so I’m now not going over all of the main points once more in right here. In case you’re considering my mind at the design and ergonomics, typing enjoy, and display screen choices, you’ll in finding the ones coated in that article.

As an alternative, on this overview, we’re particularly having a look on the efficiency positive factors introduced by means of the RTX 3070Ti dGPU compared to the RTX 3060 specifications in the similar laptop, each for manufacturing paintings and for gaming, so that you’ll know which variant is worthy of your cash. The fee distinction between the two is typically of round 200-300 EUR/USD or an identical, however infrequently you’ll be able to even in finding the 3070Ti style for solely round 100 EUR/USD greater than the 3060.

Specifications as reviewed– 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional Seventh-gen

Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 16ACH7H 2022 (gen 7)
Display16 inch, 2560×1600 px, IPS, 165 Hz, matte, 3ms
ProcessorIntel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake, Core i7-12700H, 6PC + 8 Ec/20T
VideoIris Xe + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM 125-150W,
with MUX, Complicated Optimus, and GSync
Reminiscence32 GB DDR5-4800 (2x 8GB DIMMS) – 2x DIMMs
Garage1 TB M.2 gen4 NVMe (Samsung PM9A1) – 2x M.2 2280 PCIe gen4 SSD slots
ConnectivityWiFi 6E (Intel AX211), Bluetooth 5.2, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111)
PortsLeft: 1x USB-C 3.2 gen2, 1x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (on Intel solely, 3.2 gen2 on AMD)
Proper: 1x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x audio jack, 1x eShutter button
Again: LAN, 1x USB-C gen2 with DP, persistent as much as 135W; 1x USB-A 3.2 gen2, 1x USB-A gen1, HDMI 2.1, DC-In
Battery80 Whr, 300 W charger, USB-C charging as much as 135W
Measurement356 mm or 14.01” (w) x 264.2 mm or 10.4” (d) x 21.7-26.85 mm or .86-1.1” (h)
Weight2.53 kg (5.57 lbs),+ 1.15 kg (2.54 lbs) for the charger+cables, EU model
Extras4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, HD webcam with E-shutter kill transfer, stereo backside speakers

You’ll be able to in finding this laptop in retail outlets in a couple of variants, going from i5 + RTX 3050Ti as much as i7 + 3070Ti configurations, with quite a lot of quantities of RAM and SSD garage.

Design, displays and inputs

As discussed already, pass over to this preceding article for my impressions of the design, ergonomics, typing enjoy, and display screen choices to be had for the Legion 5i Professional collection.

As an advantage for this newsletter, although, right here’s how the Legion 5, 5 Professional, and 7 lineups glance subsequent to one another, within the 2022 style 30 days variants.

{Hardware} and function

Our take a look at style is the highest-specced configuration of the 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional, constructed on an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of SSD garage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 3070Ti dGPU with 8 GB of vRAM and the Iris Xe iGPU built-in inside the Intel processor.

Disclaimer: It is a retail unit equipped for this overview by means of Lenovo, and it runs at the instrument to be had as of late-August 2022 (BIOS J2CN40WW, Vantage 3.13.14.0, GeForce 512.64 drivers). It is a mature instrument bundle, because the laptop has been to be had in retail outlets for a couple of months now, however some facets would possibly nonetheless trade with later updates.

Spec-wise, this 2022 Legion 5i Professional is constructed on the newest Intel and Nvidia {hardware} to be had to this point. The Core i7-12700H is the mainstream efficiency choice in Intel’s Alder Lake Twelfth-gen platform, with 14 Cores and 20 Threads. This can be a hybrid design with 6 Top-Efficiency and dual-threaded Cores, and 8 additional Potency cores, which paintings in combination within the quite a lot of quite a bit. The design and thermal module of this Legion permit the processor to run at 100+W of sustained persistent in hard CPU quite a bit.

For the GPU, the 2022 Legion 5i Professional collection is to be had with RTX 3000 and RTX 3000 Ti graphics chips. What we’ve in this pattern is the RTX 3070Ti working at as much as 150W with Dynamic Spice up in supported video games and packages. When compared, the 2021 Legion 5 Execs allowed as much as 130W of GPU persistent for the 3070 style.

A MUX is obtainable right here, with a number of modes together with dGPU-only or Complicated Optimus (a number of Hybrid modes). Switching to dGPU mode calls for a restart.

For the RAM and garage choices, the laptop nonetheless comes with two obtainable reminiscence DIMMs and two M.2 SSD slots. Our unit is a 32 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM configuration, with a quick PCIe 4.0 Samsung PM9A1 SSD.

Attending to the parts calls for you to take away a couple of Philips screws, all visual across the again, after which pull up the D-panel. Use a plastic pin and/or a suction cup and paintings your means slowly ranging from the entrance lip after which across the air grills at the aspects – you’ll fight right here, for the reason that caps are cosy and also you’ll have to tug laborious. Inside of, the RAM and SSDs are coated by means of radiator shields, so that you’ll must take the ones out as neatly to get to the parts. General, upgrades are imaginable right here, however the procedure is a little more difficult than on different units.

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For the instrument, my unit got here with the usual Lenovo instrument bundle, and also you’ll need to uninstall a few of it or put a contemporary Home windows set up on it. The Lenovo Vantage app is a must have for gaining access to persistent profiles, updates, and different settings.

The facility profiles are Quiet, Balanced, and Efficiency, and you’ll be able to make a selection them from Vantage or transfer between them with Fn+Q. Efficiency is solely to be had with the laptop plugged into the wall. Those profiles observe other persistent settings to the CPU/GPU and other fan profiles, in addition to transfer the colour of the LED within the persistent button.

Right here’s a desk that displays what each and every mode does:

Quiet (blue)Stability (white)Stability + Ai(white)Efficiency (crimson)
TDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGP
25/45W~40W60W/80W~120W60W/80Was much as 150W*115W/135Was much as 150W

Those persistent settings are other than at the mid-tier Legion 5i Professional reviewed a couple of months in the past, and that means Lenovo addressed them in a more moderen BIOS replace. From what I’ve been informed, you’re going to get those persistent settings in case you get the laptop with Home windows preinstalled from Lenovo, however in case you plan to put in a contemporary replica of Home windows with none of the Lenovo additional instrument, that can have an effect on the Blanace and Quiet power-limits, as defined in my preceding overview.

There’s additionally an technique to overclock the GPU within the BIOS/Vantage in this style. By means of default, it applies a +100 MHz Clock, +200 MHz Reminiscence overclock, however you’ll be able to additional tweak it.

So far as on a regular basis use is going, the laptop runs snappily and remains cool and quiet, so no court cases right here.

 

Efficiency and benchmarks

Directly to extra hard quite a bit, we begin by means of trying out the CPU’s efficiency by means of working the Cinebench R15 take a look at for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds lengthen between each and every run.

The Core i7-12700H processor stabilizes at ~100W of sustained persistent at the Efficiency surroundings, with the laptop sitting at the table. Lenovo applies 115W PL2 and 135W PL1 persistent limits for the processor in this persistent mode, however the CPU finally ends up thermally throttled and thus has to drop in persistent so as to save you any overheating problems.  We’re having a look at temperatures within the very excessive 90s Celsius all the way through the loops, regardless of the lovers spinning at round 50 dBA at head point.

Bumping the again of the laptop off the table so as to beef up the airflow into the lovers lets in the processor to stabilize at round 110W of persistent, with the similar roughly excessive temperatures and noise ranges. The 10W of additional persistent interprets into 2-3% increased rankings within the Cinebench loops.

Switching over to the Stability profile interprets into the CPU stabilizing on the 60W PL2 surroundings, with quieter lovers and cooler temperatures. The Cinebench efficiency takes a 25% hit over the former mode.

At the Quiet profile, the CPU runs at solely 25W, with sub 30 dB noise ranges and temperatures within the 50s C. Alternatively, the efficiency on this mode is solely round 35-40% of what the CPU is in a position to in Efficiency mode.

After all, the CPU runs at ~25 W on battery as neatly, at the Efficiency profile. Main points beneath.

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I nonetheless really feel there’s room to additional beef up those profiles.

The CPU runs sizzling and is thermally throttled at the Efficiency mode, whilst the middle-ground Stability profile is an excellent mixture of CPU efficiency, moderate temperatures, and medium fan noise, however does sacrifice the efficiency in sustained CPU quite a bit by means of 20-25%. That implies you’ll have to move with the Efficiency mode for any critical paintings, and feature to just accept the excessive CPU temperatures. You’ll want to go for some kind of stand or cooling pad to assist the cooling, however that can perhaps solely translate into increased CPU persistent (and a slight spice up in efficiency), however now not decrease temperatures. With the present persistent settings and cooling design, the CPU is at all times going to run at 95+ Celsius in sustained CPU quite a bit on Efficiency mode, which isn’t preferrred.

To place those findings in viewpoint, right here’s how this Core i7-12700H implementation fares in opposition to different higher-tier laptops on this take a look at, each Intel and AMD, in addition to the previous-generation Legion 5 Professional 2021 with AMD {hardware}.

Someway, the i7-12700H within the common Legion 5i outscores this 5i Professional implementation whilst working at a decrease sustained persistent and somewhat quieter, however the variations are inside the margin of error. On the similar time, the i7 within the 2022 Legion 5i Professional is aggressive in opposition to different implementations of the similar {hardware}, and moderately a step-up from the AMD platforms in this kind of take a look at, each the Ryzen 6000 and 5000 variants.

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We then went forward and extra verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop take a look at and Blender – School room, which ended in identical findings to what we defined above.

We additionally ran the 3DMark CPU take a look at at the Efficiency and Balanced profiles.

After all, we ran our blended CPU+GPU pressure exams in this pocket book. 3DMark pressure runs the similar take a look at for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over the years. This unit didn’t go the take a look at with the laptop sitting at the table, suggesting the efficiency is impacted as the warmth builds up, however then it handed the take a look at with flying colours with the again of the laptop bumped up so as to beef up the airflow of unpolluted air into the lovers. We’ll additional contact in this within the gaming phase down beneath.

Subsequent, we ran all of the suite of exams and benchmarks, at the Efficiency profile in Vantage, the MUX set on Hybrid mode, GPU Ovberclock switched ON, and on FHD display screen solution for consistency with our different exams. Right here’s what we were given:

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 25112 (Graphics – 29238, Physics – 27957, Blended – 11712);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 7112;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 11672 (Graphics – 11546, CPU – 12445);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 7580;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 21785;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 66.01 moderate fps;
  • PassMark 10: Score: 6507 (CPU: 31643, three-D Graphics: 21710, Reminiscence: 3287, Disk Mark: 30533);
  • PCMark 10: 7586 (Necessities – 10226, Productiveness – 10025, Virtual Content material Introduction – 11558);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1769, Multi-core: 14014;
  • CineBench R15 (best possible run): CPU 2832 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 263 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (best possible run): CPU 6927 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 698 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 18015 cb (best possible unmarried run), CPU 17392 cb (10 min run), CPU Unmarried Core 1802 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 24.25 s.

And listed below are some workstation benchmarks, at the similar Efficiency profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 22s (Efficiency);
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 19.3s (CUDA), 10.4s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – CPU Compute: 5m 25s (Efficiency);
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – GPU Compute: 37s (CUDA), 22.6s (Optix);
  • Pugetbench – DaVinci Unravel: 1123;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe After Results: crashed;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Photoshop: 1161;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Premiere: 1081;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 108.19 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 72.83 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 101.51 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Power: 27.84 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 282.42 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Clinical: 37.61 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 22.71 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 236.24 (Efficiency).
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 11864 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 1413 vpaths, GPU RTX – 1842;

This laptop plays a lot as you’d be expecting from those specifications.

For comparability, the similar specifications within the somewhat greater Acer Predator Helios 17 go back a slight build up in CPU rankings (inside of not up to 5% in sustained quite a bit), and the similar kind of GPU rankings.

As for the 15-inch Asus ROG Scar 15, that i9 + RTX 3070 150W configuration in that laptop has a slight edge within the CPU multi-threaded quite a bit (inside of not up to 7%), whilst scoring in a similar way in GPU quite a bit.

It’s additionally price evaluating this to one of the crucial extra transportable RTX 3070Ti designs working at 120-125W of persistent, such because the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (Intel) or Zephyrus G15 (AMD). The Intel-based Legion has a slight benefit within the CPU quite a bit, because of its increased sustained persistent settings, whilst at the GPU aspect, the 150W chip within the Legion outscores the mid-power chips by means of about 10-15% % in exams, and typically much less in real-life workloads and video games.

One different side I need to cover this is the efficiency distinction between the i7 + RTX 3060 140W and the i7 +  RTX 3070Ti 150W configurations within the 2022 Legion 5i Professional chassis. Right here’s what we were given in our exams:

i7-12700H + 3060 140W
2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional
i7-12700H + 3070Ti 150W
2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional
3DMark – Fireplace Strike21472 (G – 22998, P– 29199, C – 11336)24586 (G – 27922, P – 27957, C – 11838);
3DMark – Port Royal53797112
3DMark – Time Undercover agent9614 (Graphics – 9202, CPU – 12892)11672 (Graphics – 11546, CPU – 12445)
Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive1677021785
Blender 3.01 – School room scene – GPU Compute:49s (CUDA), 27.5s (Optix)37s (CUDA), 22.6s (Optix)
SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax:89.47108.19
SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya:193.40282.42

The CPU efficiency is the same between the two, however the RTX 3070Ti GPU is between 15-25% extra succesful in benchmarks and workloads. The additional quantity of vRAM at the 3070Ti performs a vital position as neatly, particularly in some hard paintings packages and video games.

With that out of the best way, a few of chances are you’ll now not recognize the loudly spinning lovers at the Efficiency mode, which ramp as much as ~50 dB at head point. Thus, in case you choose sacrificing the efficiency to some degree for quieter fan noise, right here’s how this Legion 5i Professional does at the Stability profile with the Legion AI choice disabled in Vantage, which limits the lovers at sub 44 dB at head point.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 24586 (Graphics – 27922, Physics – 27957, Blended – 11838);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 10924 (Graphics – 10669, CPU – 12402);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 6942;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1733, Multi-core: 12335;
  • CineBench R20 (best possible run): CPU 6083 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 658 CB;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 27.89 s;
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – CPU Compute: 6m 40s (Balanced).

The efficiency is hardly ever impacted in short-durations quite a bit, however with longer-time quite a bit, the 60W CPU and 120W GPU sustained persistent limits play a task. Nevertheless, at ~120W, the RTC 3070Ti plays at 85-90% of its capability on Efficiency mode, at 150W, which isn’t dangerous in any respect.

It’s additionally price noting that the parts run at somewhat decrease inner temperatures in this Balanced mode than on Efficiency, and this side makes the Stability profile much more horny for longer paintings/gaming periods.

Take note these kinds of are with Legion Ai disabled in Vantage. In case you tick the Legion Ai choice in Vantage, the laptop goes to accomplish just about as on Efficiency, with out the decrease fan noise and tool settings.

There’s additionally the Silent mode to believe right here, which assists in keeping the lovers at sub 35 dB in sustained quite a bit, however this considerably limits each the CPU and GPU, so I wouldn’t suggest it for the rest extensive.

Gaming efficiency

Let’s take a look at some video games.

We examined a few various kinds of video games at the Efficiency, Balanced and Quiet modes, all with the MUX set at the discrete GPU mode and the carried out GPU default overclock (+100 MHz Core, +200 Mhz Reminiscence).

Core i7-12700H
+ RTX 3070Ti Pc 125-150W
QHD+ EfficiencyQHD+ BalancedFHD+ Efficiency
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
124 fps (74 fps – 1% low)112 fps (71 fps – 1% low)167 fps (92 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
44 fps (36 fps – 1% low)41 fps (34 fps – 1% low)67 fps (48 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
195 fps (131 fps – 1% low)172 fps (116 fps – 1% low)236 fps (168 fps – 1% low)
A long way Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
82 fps (47 fps – 1% low)76 fps (43 fps – 1% low)104 fps (56 fps – 1% low)
A long way Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
114 fps (92 fps – 1% low)105 fps (87 fps – 1% low)142 fps (108 fps – 1% low)
Metro Exodus
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
68 fps (43 fps – 1% low)63 fps (40 fps – 1% low)87 fps (48 fps – 1% low)
Pink Useless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
86 fps (54 fps – 1% low)78 fps (48 fps – 1% low)117 fps (72 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Best possible Preset, TAA)
96 fps (72 fps – 1% low)86 fps (61 fps – 1% low)131 fps (76 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
111 fps (87 fps – 1% low)101 fps (73 fps – 1% low)148 fps (107 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, Cyberpunk, Doom, Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • A long way Cry 5, 6, Metro, Pink Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the incorporated Benchmark utilities;
  • Pink Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile in response to (*19*)those settings.

The ones above are rasterization exams, and listed below are some effects for RTX titles with and with out DLSS.

Core i7-12700H
+ RTX 3070Ti Pc 125-150W
QHD+ EfficiencyFHD+ Efficiency
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)
76 fps (55 fps – 1% low)111 fps (84 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS ON)
86 fps (68 fps – 1% low)121 fps (92 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Balanced)
50 fps (39 fps – 1% low)60 fps (43 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS High quality)
38 fps (23 fps – 1% low)205 fps (146 fps – 1% low)
A long way Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + DXR reflections / shadows)
69 fps (38 fps – 1% low)80 fps (44 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Best possible Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely)
54 fps (39 fps – 1% low)82 fps (52 fps – 1% low)

The gaming efficiency is cast right here, inside of 5% of different identical persistent RTX 3070Ti configurations we’ve examined to this point, and about 10-15% increased framerates than within the mid-power ultraportable designs constructed on RTX 3070Ti 120-125W chips.

In comparison to the i7 + RTX 3060 configuration, the RTX 3070Ti provides 10-20% increased framerates between the examined titles. Alternatively, you must additionally believe that the one 6 GB of vRAM is a proscribing consider some video games, particularly at Extremely settings or with RT on, and that’s ane additional benefit for the RTX 3070Ti configuration.

i7 + 3070Ti style,
QHD+ Efficiency
i7 + 3060 style,
QHD+ Balanced
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
124 fps (74 fps – 1% low)107 fps (59 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS ON)
86 fps (68 fps – 1% low)53 fps (34 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
195 fps (131 fps – 1% low)inadequate vRAM
A long way Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
82 fps (47 fps – 1% low)71 fps (45 fps – 1% low)
Pink Useless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
86 fps (54 fps – 1% low)73 fps (55 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Best possible Preset, TAA)
96 fps (72 fps – 1% low)77 fps (54 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Best possible Preset, TAA)
54 fps (39 fps – 1% low)43 fps (31 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
111 fps (87 fps – 1% low)84 fps (65 fps – 1% low)

With that out of the best way, let’s pass over some efficiency and temperature logs for this i7 + RTX 3070Ti configuration of the Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 2022.

The Efficiency mode ramps up the lovers to ~50 dB at head point, with the laptop sitting at the table. That assists in keeping the CPU at round 78-85 levels Celsius between the examined titles, however the GPU runs at round 85-86 levels. CPU temperatures are OK, however the GPU runs toasty and may also throttle in hotter environments with lengthy gaming periods.

Bumping the again of the laptop off the table so as to beef up the airflow into the lovers ends up in a 3-6 levels drop within the CPU/GPU temperatures, with the CPU now working within the mid-70s and the GPU within the very low-80s on this case. Those are excellent temperatures for this kind of {hardware} and design, and recommend that you can use this laptop on a passive raiser-stand and even an energetic cooling pad for lengthy gaming periods.

The lovers are perceived marginally louder with the again of the laptop got rid of the table.

There’s additionally the technique to transfer over to the Stability mode.

With Legion Ai Engine disabled, the lovers decelerate to about 42-44 dB at head-level and the framerates take a 7-12% toll from the Efficiency mode, because the GPU persistent is restricted at round 120W in this mode. The temperatures are excellent on each the CPU and GPU, within the 75-80s with the laptop sitting at the table, and 70-75s with its again bumped up. Stability mode is excellently fitted to gaming in this design.

With Legion Ai enabled on Stability, alternatively, the laptop plays simply as on Efficiency mode, with 50 dB lovers and the GPU driven to 150W. Therefore, this surroundings makes little sense to me.

As for the Quiet mode, it assists in keeping the lovers at sub 35 dB ranges and it’s nonetheless slightly usable at FHD solution and medium settings. This mode limits the GPU at solely round 40W of persistent, although.

The laptop’s efficiency on battery persistent is slightly very similar to the Quiet mode defined above, with a 40W GPU surroundings and round 55W blended. Therefore, FHD with medium settings must be potential in maximum video games. Don’t be expecting greater than 1 to 1.5 hours of gameplay.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, speakers, and others

This Legion 5i Professional will get an effective thermal module, with two lovers, four radiators, and three heatsinks that unfold over the parts. The large thermal plates cover up the CPU, GPU, VRMs, and the Chipset, and Lenovo put thermal radiators over the RAM and SSDs as neatly. There’s even a radiator over the WiFi chip, which is the type of consideration to element few different mid-range lineups fit.

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As defined within the preceding phase, this cooling module works neatly for essentially the most phase, however the GPU runs sizzling at the Efficiency mode, with the laptop sitting at the table.

Lots of the contemporary air comes into the fan in the course of the backside intakes with this design, and those intakes are chocked by means of the low-profile applied rubber toes so long as the laptop sits on a flat floor. That’s why lifting up the again of the laptop so as to beef up the airflow into the lovers ends up in a vital lower in inner temperatures, and total a extra constant enjoy with longer paintings/gaming periods. On this means, even the GPU temperatures on Efficiency mode hardly pass over 80 levels Celsius.

The lovers run loud in this laptop, although, ramping as much as 50 dB at head-level on Efficiency with the laptop sitting at the table and 51+ dB with it driven up. You’ll desire a excellent pair of headphones to cover that up.

The Stability profile lets in the laptop to run at round 44 dB, whilst the Quiet mode assists in keeping the lovers at sub-35dB – each those modes include a drop in efficiency excessive profile, however Stability is a cast choice for gaming and maximum workloads.

That apart, with day-to-day multitasking on Stability mode, the lovers keep energetic, however spin at very quiet ranges and are slightly audible even in a silent room. On peak of that, they idle with video streaming and low-intensity duties at the Quiet profile. So no court cases there. I additionally haven’t spotted any coil successful or digital noises on any of the Legion 5 laptops examined in recent years.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Quiet profile,  lovers idle or sub 30 dB

Exterior temperatures are nice with this laptop, each with day-to-day use and with video games.

With video games, on the keyboard point, the most up to date phase is aroudn the top-left nook, and simply is going over 45 levels Celsius on Stability and 47 C on Efficiency. The arrows, WASD, and lots of the keyboard deck keep at underneath 40 levels Celsius. As for the again, the most up to date phase is true over the heatpipes, at round 55 levels Celsius.

Bumping up the again of the laptop in Efficiency mode lets in for those hotspots to drop by means of a couple of levels.

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*Gaming – Balanced– taking part in A long way Cry 5 for half-hour, lovers at ~42-44 dB
*Gaming – Efficiency – taking part in A long way Cry 5 for half-hour, lovers at ~48-50 dB

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6E and Bluetooth 5 thru an Intel AX211 chip in this laptop. It proved dependable all over my time with the laptop, however for some unknown reason why couldn’t fit the speeds equipped by means of different laptops with my router. Nonetheless, at 300-400 Mbps, there’s little to bitch about.

Audio is treated by means of two speakers positioned at the backside of this laptop, and firing in the course of the grills at the angled laterals, which prevents them from being simply coated and muffled.

Someway those are louder than at the Legion 5 Professional examined ultimate 30 days, at with reference to 80 dB max ranges, however the audio high quality nonetheless isn’t a lot, missing within the lows and somewhat distorting and excessive volumes. Just like with all of the Legion lineup, the audio high quality continues to be missing right here, and also you’ll need to use headphones with this laptop.

After all, I’ll point out the digital camera positioned on the peak of the display screen, and flanked by means of microphones. The ensemble does what it’s intended to, however the digital camera continues to be HD-only and washed-out high quality. I do recognize the digital shutter introduced at the proper aspect of the laptop, which allow you to electronically kill each the digital camera and the microphones while you don’t need to use them.

Battery lifestyles

There’s an 80Wh battery throughout the Legion 5i Professional configuration, which is fair-sized for a mid-range laptop and hasn’t modified from the former generations.

The gadget nonetheless doesn’t robotically transfer the display screen’s refresh from 165 Hz to 60 Hz while you unplug the laptop, as different units do, and I couldn’t cycle between the 60 and 165 Hz modes by means of hitting Fn+R, as this mixture didn’t do the rest on my unit – come what may this solely labored at the Legion 7s for me, and now not the others. Therefore, I needed to pass and turn between the two refresh modes within the Home windows show settings, and also you’ll need to do it, because it makes a distinction with streaming and light-weight use.

It’s additionally essential to set the laptop on Hybrid-Auto or Hybrid-iGPU solely modes in vantage so as to disable the dGPU with battery use, another way, your battery lifestyles will a great deal endure.

So right here’s what we were given on our unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness) and both 60 or 165 Hz refresh.

  • 16 W (~5 h of use) – 165Hz, textual content enhancing in Google Pressure, Quiet Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 15 W (~5-6 h of use) – 165Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Quiet Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~6 h of use) – 60Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Quiet Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~5-6 h of use) – 165Hz, Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Quiet Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 11 W (~7 h of use) – 60Hz, Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Quiet Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 23 W (~3-4 h of use) – 165Hz, surfing in Edge, Balanced Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 18 W (~4-5 h of use) – 60Hz, surfing in Edge, Balanced Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 65 W (~1+ h of use) – 165Hz, gaming – Witcher 3, Balanced Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

Those are honest runtimes for an Intel Twelfth-gen laptop and higher with video streaming and lightweight use than the typical Alder Lake Core H laptop we’ve examined this 30 days. Alternatively, the 5i Professional continues to be no fit in potency for the AMD-powered choices.

I’ll additionally upload that Lenovo pairs this configuration with a cumbersome and heavy 300W persistent brick, at 1.15 pounds. You’ll be able to price the laptop by means of USB-C as neatly, although, at as much as 135W, simply bear in mind that it’s now not going to run at complete features when plugged on this means.

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Value and availability- Legion 5i Professional

The Legion 5i Professional is to be had in maximum spaces of the arena on the time of this newsletter.

In North The united states, you’ll be able to in finding the i7 + RTX 3070Ti + 16 GB + 2 TB SSD configuration for round $1800 on Lenovo’s site on the time of this newsletter. That’s very good for this kind of specifications.

Over right here in Europe, costs aren’t as aggressive for now, with the most affordable RTX 3070Ti fashions beginning at round 2200 EUR in Germany, however in the United Kingdom you’ll be able to in finding this from 1700 GBP, so I’d reckon EU costs will recuperate over the years as neatly.

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The AMD-based 2022 Legion 5 Professional fashions promote for rather less than those Intel configurations. We’ll cover the ones in long run articles.

Ultimate thoughts- 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional

If you’ll be able to get this for the proper value of round 1800 USD/EUR, this RTX 3070Ti configuration of the 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional is one of the better-value efficiency/gaming laptops available on the market.

In comparison to the 2021 technology, we’re having a look at a vital spice up in efficiency on each the CPU and the GPU aspect, in addition to a cleaner design and somewhat tweaked ergonomics. In comparison to the RTX 3060 configuration of this laptop, the RTX 3070Ti is noticeably quicker in video games and critical workloads, for just a marginal value build up right now, which makes it the most obvious selection between the two in maximum markets.

On the similar time, battery lifestyles isn’t superb with those Intel fashions, so in case you don’t want the additional efficiency equipped by means of the Twelfth-gen Intel platforms, you need to believe one of the crucial AMD variants as an alternative. Lenovo additionally solely provides the collection with 100% sRGB display screen choices, so if you want a high-gamut show for color-accurate paintings, this isn’t for you.

After all, the 5i Professional isn’t with out pageant, each from the opposite Lenovo fashions and different OEM choices in the similar section, such because the Acer Predator Helios 300, Asus ROG Strix and Strix Scar, MSI GP66 Vector, and others. You must take a look at our critiques for the ones as neatly, and come to a decision in response to the professionals/cons of each and every collection and your wishes and funds.

Most often, although, this RTX 3070Ti configuration of the Legion 5i Professional earns our advice in its section, and it’s a greater price than the RTX 3060 style examined previous within the 30 days, on the present costs.

This wraps out my time with this 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i Professional collection, however I’d love to listen to your mind at the collection and comments on my overview, so get in contact within the feedback phase down beneath.

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