Lenovo Legion 5i review (2022 Gen 7 model – i7-12700H, RTX 3060)

That is our detailed assessment of the mid-2022 Seventh-generation replace of the Lenovo Legion 5 collection, within the Legion 5i variant constructed on Twelfth-gen Intel {hardware} and Nvidia RTX 3000 graphics.

The Legion 5s are Lenovo’s be offering within the mid-tier gaming section, the place maximum value-oriented consumers are going to buy, and a extra inexpensive selection to tinheritor Legion 5i Professional fashions.

Moreover, for the 2022 era, Lenovo had up to date the collection in a couple of techniques, bringing a brand new design that borrows strains and components from the higher-tier Legion 7 fashions, whilst additionally updating the internals and instrument package deal as a way to deal with higher-tier specifications and gear settings.

This assessment configuration is the excellently balanced i7 + RTX 3060 style, the sort you’ll be able to get from round $1350 in the USA and 1400 EUR in Europe. Our unit does get a couple of extras over what you are going to in most cases get at the ones worth issues, similar to further cupboard space and the higher-tier QHD display, however we’ll contact on all of the different vital choices and main points on this assessment, so that you’ll know whether or not that is the suitable purchase for you or now not.

Specifications as reviewed– 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i

Lenovo Legion 5i 15IAH7H 2022 (Gen 7)
Display screen15.6 inch, 2560×1440 px, 16:9, IPS, 165 Hz, matte, 3ms,
300-nits, 100% sRGB colours
a number of FHD panels additionally to be had
ProcessorIntel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake, Core i7-12700H, 6PC + 8 Ec/20T
VideoIris Xe + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM 115-140W,
with MUX, Complex Optimus, and GSync
Reminiscence16 GB DDR5-4800 (2x 8GB DIMMS) – 2x DIMMs
Garage512 GB M.2 gen4 NVMe (Micron 3400) – 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 gen1 (continually on), 1x USB-C 3.2 with Thunderbolt 4 (in this Intel style)
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; 2x USB-A 3.2 gen1, HDMI 2.1, DC-In
Battery80 Whr, 300 W charger, USB-C charging as much as 135W
60 Whr battery additionally to be had, smaller chargers on 3050Ti fashions
Measurement358.8 mm or 14.13” (w) x 262.4 mm or 10.33″ (d) x from 19.99 or .79” (h)
Weight2.48 kg (5.46 lbs), + 1.15 kg (2.54 lbs) for the charger+cables, EU model
Extraswhite or non-compulsory 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, HD or FHD webcam with E-shutter kill transfer, stereo 2x 2W backside speakers, Phantom Blue or Typhoon Gray colour choices

You’ll in finding this in retail outlets in more than one variants, beginning with i5-12500H + RTX 3050Ti specifications with FHD displays and 60Wh batteries, and going as much as Core i7-12700H and RTX 3070/3070Ti 140W configurations with QHD displays and 80Wh batteries.

Design and development

As discussed already, the mid-2022 Legion 5i chassis is other in a couple of techniques than the former era, as Lenovo are seeking to impose a unitary design language with their whole Legion lineup. Because of this, the Legion 5i seems a good bit just like the top-tier Legion 7i, on a primary look, no less than. Alternatively, while you get to spend somewhat extra time with it you’ll get started noticing the variations, as anticipated from a extra budget-oriented product.

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Lenovo gives this in two colour choices, Phantom Blue with a gray underside and Typhoon Gray with a black underside. Our unit is the latter, and what you’ll most commonly be capable of in finding in retail outlets world wide. It’s a fine-looking colour scheme, and a pleasant one with day-to-day use, because it does a very good task at hiding smudges and fingerprints. Lenovo additionally implements a gray keyboard, so that you don’t have to fret about smudgy keycaps both.

The cultured strains are blank and easy, with the usual Lenovo branding at the lid, armrest, and beneath the display. You additionally get some stickers at the armrest, and I took maximum of them off in this unit.

Two vital design main points differentiate the Legion 5i collection from the 5i professional and 7i fashions. Probably the most notable is the truth that solely 16:9 presentations are presented at this point, whilst the others get 16:10 displays, in addition to some brighter and/or higher-tier panel choices. That implies you’ll have to simply accept a thicker bezel beneath the display, in addition to a panel that doesn’t glance as great because the others. So long as you keep away from the base-level FHD 144 Hz possibility, although, the others are effective for this magnificence.

However, right here’s an image of the Legion 5 subsequent to the 5 Professional and 7 lineups, for a comparability of the display codecs and total design between them.

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The opposite are the whole fabrics and construct high quality of this collection. Steel is solely used for the lid cover, whilst the whole lot else is polycarbonate plastic. It’s a good-quality ABS polycarbonate with a matte and sensible texture, however the chassis does flex just a little within the center and feels less expensive than what you may get with the higher-tier Legions, particularly the Legion 7s. That may’t be a wonder, although, and the Legion 5s are undoubtedly aggressive when it comes to seems and high quality towards different choices of their worth levels, such because the Acer Nitro 5s or the Asus TUF Gaming F15 and TUF A15 fashions, which is what issues.

I’ll additionally upload that the 2022 Legion 5 lineup is just a little thinner than earlier than, however we’re nonetheless searching at full-size laptops right here with a weight of 2.4 to 2.5 pounds between the to be had fashions. When compared, the in the past discussed choices are extra compact and lighter-weight, so in case you’re in search of one thing to simply lug round to college or paintings each day, those is probably not the suitable selection for you. Particularly while you additionally need to account for the cumbersome 300W charger, which provides an additional ~1.2 pounds on your backpack.

I do in finding this design to be more effective than maximum others, as I’ll simply point out one of the most main points that upload as much as this conclusion: the easy seems, the smudge-friendly fabrics, the superb grip at the table equipped via the rubber toes, the dulled edges and corners that don’t chunk in your wrists, in addition to the nice hinges that let the display to return to 180-degrees. I don’t suppose there’s some other design on this section that tests some of these packing containers.

After which there’s additionally the IO, which gives nearly the whole lot you may most likely want, except for for a card reader or some form of Lock. You get USB-A and USB-C ports (with iGPU or dGPU DP connections, and converting), Lan, a complete HDMI 2.1, and an audio jack. Moreover, the IO placement is very good, with lots of the ports tucked away at the again, in the back of the display.

So far as different small lawsuits pass, I’ll point out that there’s nonetheless an always-on mild within the persistent button right here, positioned just below the display. Alternatively, it’s a small and dim LED and gained’t hassle you that a lot even if the use of the laptop at evening. There’s no finger-sensor in that persistent button as on different Legions, although, and if truth be told, there aren’t any biometrics at all in favour of this collection.

Total, the 2022 Legion 5 is a balanced and sensible be offering. The design and a few main points were subtle from the former style, however this stays a quite giant and heavy full-size laptop, even supposing it’s been slimed down for this era. When compared, one of the most different laptops on this area of interest are possibly now not as nearly polished, however they’re smaller and particularly lighter.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard and clickpad are same old for the Legion fashions, however with some variations between the tiers.

The layouts are an identical and one of the best you’ll in finding in a mid-range laptop this present day. The principle set of keys are full-size, the arrows also are all full-size keys and spaced out from the whole lot round, and there’s additionally a NumPad phase, with rather narrower keys, however nonetheless completely usable. In fact, a few of you could want a targeted keyboard design and not using a NumPad, and if that’s the case, you’ll have to head with one thing else as a substitute.

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The keyboard is a superb typer, even though there’s somewhat extra flex within the deck in this Legion 5i chassis than at the different Legions. The comments appears to be one way or the other somewhat less assailable than at the 5i Professional keyboard I’ve examined just lately, even though the two are supposedly the similar.

This implementation is the white-backlit variant and now not the RGB with 4-zone regulate. From what I will see, Lenovo most commonly gives the Legion 5s with the RGB keyboard, and also you’ll in finding my impressions of that one within the Legion 5i Professional assessment.

The LEDs in this white variant get vivid and punchy, whilst staying reasonably uniform between zones. A vital quantity of sunshine creeps out from beneath the keycaps, although, and a few of it displays into the ground display bezel, in some way that’s fairly distracting when the use of the laptop at evening. That’s particularly noticeable in case you’re preserving the display at a decrease brightness, which I be expecting you may for evening use. So no less than be sure to solely set the keyboard on its first brightness surroundings for this type of use.

For mouse, the 5 collection will get a mid-sized clickpad, identical in layout to the opposite 2022 Legion fashions and bigger than at the previous-gen Legion 5. The outside is plastic, as Lenovo are solely providing glass clickpads on the Legion 7 fashions, however it feels alright to touch and works effectively. It does rattle just a little with less assailable faucets, and the bodily clicks are rather clunky.

The clickpad is targeted at the Area key with this design, and thus shifted against the left facet of the chassis. For those who’re coming from a targeted keyboard design, this may take a little time to get used to. Plus, because of how it’s positioned, your left palm finally ends up swiping over the skin with day-to-day use – I haven’t spotted any ghost swipes or clicks all the way through my time with this laptop, although, so Lenovo appear to have gotten their palm-rejection in take a look at over the past 30 days or so.

As for biometrics, there are nonetheless none in this collection.

Display screen

Lenovo gives a 15.6-inch 16:9 WQHD IPS matte display at the 2022 Legion 5 collection, with most commonly the similar panel choices as within the 2021 generations. The ones are:

  • FHD 1920 x 1080 px 144 Hz with 300-nits brightness, 800:1 distinction, and 45% NTSC colour protection;
  • FHD 1920 x 1080 px 165 Hz with 300-nits brightness, 1000:1 distinction, and 100% sRGB colour protection, with Complex Optimus and GSync;
  • FHD 1920 x 1080 px 60 Hz with 300-nits brightness, 1200:1 distinction, and 100% sRGB colour protection, with DC dimmer;
  • QHD 2560 x 1440 px 165 Hz with 350-nits brightness, 1000:1 distinction, and 100% sRGB colour protection, with Complex Optimus and GSync;

I’d opt for both the 2d or the 4th possibility for basic use and gaming. Out unit the latter, the QHD panel, with the better answer.

It’s effective for day-to-day use and well-suited for gaming, with the nice refresh and reaction instances, in addition to GSync and Complex Optimus enhance. It’s quite dim, although, so that you’ll need to stay this laptop indoors, even though it proved brighter in our checks than on paper. It additionally solely gives 100% sRGB colour protection. Nearly all of the opposite panels to be had on Legion laptops are 100% sRGB solely, however the 16-inch variants get brighter at round 500-nits, and that permits for an total punchier and extra bright impact than what you are going to get with the panel in this Legion 5i.

Right here’s what we were given in our checks, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: CSO T3 MNF601CA1-3;
  • Protection: 97.0% sRGB, 71.6% DCI-P3, 73.8% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.16;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 373.58 cd/m2 on persistent;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 7.237 cd/m2 on persistent;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1100:1;
  • White level: 6300 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.34 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No;
  • Reaction: to be examined.

Our pattern got here out rather effectively calibrated out of the field, and proved uniform as soon as additional tweaked with our calibration run, with only a few DeltaE colour imbalances within the top-left and bottom-right corners. Bleeding uniformity is very good in this panel, although.

I’ll additionally point out that the Fn+R shortcut doesn’t do anything else in this laptop. It used to be intended to modify between 60 and 165 Hz display refresh charges, serving to to increase runtimes on battery use, however it simply doesn’t paintings right here. As an alternative, you want to head and alter the refresh manually within the settings. I’ve run into identical problems with the Legion 5 Professional fashions as effectively, and this turns out to simply paintings at the Legion 7 fashions at this level. I’d have was hoping Lenovo figured it out via now.

{Hardware} and function

Our check style is a mid-specced configuration of the 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i, constructed on an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, 16 GB of DDR5-4800 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of GB of speedy SSD garage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 3060 dGPU with 6 GB of vRAM and the Iris Xe iGPU built-in inside the Intel processor.

Disclaimer: It is a retail unit equipped for this assessment via Lenovo, and it runs at the instrument to be had as of early-Sept 2022 (BIOS J2CN40WW,  Vantage 3.13.14.0, GeForce 512.64 drivers). Some sides may nonetheless alternate with later updates, even though this can be a mature instrument package deal.

Spec-wise, this 2022 Legion 5i is constructed on the newest Intel and Nvidia {hardware} to be had to this point. The Core i7-12700H is the mainstream efficiency possibility in Intel’s Alder Lake Twelfth-gen platform, with 14 Cores and 20 Threads. This can be a hybrid design with 6 Prime-Efficiency and dual-threaded Cores, and 8 further Potency cores, which paintings in combination within the more than a few a lot. The design and thermal module of this Legion permit the processor to run at 95-100W of sustained persistent in difficult CPU a lot.

For the GPU, the 2022 Legion 5i Professional collection is to be had with RTX 3000 and RTX 3000 Ti graphics chips. What we now have in this pattern is the mid-tier RTX 3060 operating at as much as 140W with Dynamic Spice up. When compared, the 2021 Legion 5 RTX 3060 style allowed as much as 130W of GPU persistent.

A MUX is obtainable right here, with a number of modes together with dGPU-only or Complex Optimus (a number of Hybrid modes). Switching to dGPU calls for a restart, whilst opting between the Hybrid modes does now not.

For the RAM and garage choices, the laptop nonetheless comes with two available reminiscence DIMMs and two M.2 SSD slots. Our unit is a 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM configuration, with a quick PCIe 4.0 Micron 3400 SSD. The 512 GB variant of this SSD isn’t fairly as speedy, however nonetheless superb for day-to-day use.

Attending to the elements calls for you to take away a couple of Philips screws, all visual across the again, after which pull up the D-panel. I used a suction cup to drag this out from one of the edges, however you’ll be able to additionally open it up with a plastic pin and somewhat little bit of pressure. The plastic caps are comfortable, however total that is more uncomplicated to open up than the opposite Legion fashions. Within, the RAM and SSDs are coated via radiator shields, so that you’ll need to take the ones out as effectively to get to the elements, including an additional step within the improve procedure. The ones shields do have a job, although, so no lawsuits!

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For the instrument, my unit got here with the usual Lenovo instrument package deal, and also you’ll need to uninstall a few of it or put a recent Home windows set up on it. The Lenovo Vantage app is a must have for gaining access to the ability 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 follow 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 presentations what each and every mode does:

Quiet (blue)Steadiness (white)Steadiness + Ai(white)Efficiency (pink)
TDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGPTDP PL1/PL2TGP
25/45W~55W60W/80W~95W60W/85Was much as 140W*100W/135Was much as 140W

*Steadiness with Legion Ai plays in a similar fashion to Efficiency mode in maximum difficult a lot. Common Steadiness with out Legion Ai mode runs at decrease GPU persistent settings, but in addition quieter lovers.

The settings are very similar to the opposite Legion laptops examined in recent years.

This collection additionally gives a snappy dGPU Overclocking toggle, which applies +100 MHz Core, +200 MHz Reminiscence settings. We’ve used those settings for all our checks, however additional tweaking may be conceivable if you wish to.

Efficiency and benchmarks

Directly to extra difficult a lot, we begin via trying out the CPU’s efficiency via operating the Cinebench R15 check for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds prolong between each and every run.

The Core i7-12700H processor stabilizes at ~95-100W of sustained persistent at the Efficiency surroundings, with the laptop sitting at the table. Lenovo applies 100W PL2 and 135W PL1 persistent limits for this processor in this persistent mode, and the CPU is able to most commonly operating at those settings, even though it’s nonetheless rather thermally throttled and operating at temperatures within the very excessive 90s Celsius.

Bumping the again of the laptop off the table as a way to fortify the airflow into the lovers permits the processor to stabilize on the similar 100W of PL2 persistent, however with rather decrease temperatures within the low-90s.

Switching over to the Steadiness 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.

In any case, the CPU runs at ~25 W on battery as effectively, at the Efficiency profile. Main points under.

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Total, those profiles are reasonably well-balanced right here.

The laptop runs scorching at the Efficiency mode, however at across the designed persistent settings, and the middle-ground Steadiness profile is an excellent steadiness of CPU efficiency, reasonable temperatures, and medium fan noise. However, you’ll have to head with the Efficiency mode for any critical paintings, And I’d counsel choosing some form of stand or cooling pad to lend a hand decrease the CPU temperatures up to conceivable.

To position those findings in viewpoint, right here’s how this Core i7-12700H implementation fares towards different mid-tier laptops on this check, each Intel and AMD, in addition to the previous-generation Legion 5 2021. It’s one of the most efficient i7-12700H implementations we’ve examined this 30 days, and rather sooner, via a couple of percents, than the direct competition.

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We then went forward and extra verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and Blender – Study room, which led to identical findings to what we defined above.

We additionally ran the 3DMark CPU check at the Efficiency and Balanced profiles.

In any case, we ran our blended CPU+GPU rigidity checks in this pocket book. 3DMark rigidity runs the similar check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation through the years, and this unit handed it simply effective, because of this there’s no efficiency throttling with longer-duration sustained a lot.

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

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 21472 (Graphics – 22998, Physics – 29199, Mixed – 11336);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 5379;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Secret agent: 9614 (Graphics – 9202, CPU – 12892);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5687;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 16770;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 64.59 reasonable fps;
  • PassMark 10: Score: 5865 (CPU: 31428, three-D Graphics: 17976, Reminiscence: 2869, Disk Mark: 38653);
  • PCMark 10: 7430 (Necessities – 10044, Productiveness – 9979, Virtual Content material Introduction – 11109);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1711, Multi-core: 12604;
  • CineBench R15 (perfect run): CPU 2870 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 263 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (perfect run): CPU 7116 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 685 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 18614 cb (perfect unmarried run), CPU 17782 cb (10 min run), CPU Unmarried Core 1805 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 23.92 s.

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

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 17s (Efficiency);
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 25s (CUDA), 13.9s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – Study room scene – CPU Compute: 5m 23s (Efficiency);
  • Blender 3.01 – Study room scene – GPU Compute: 49s (CUDA), 27.5s (Optix);
  • Pugetbench – DaVinci Unravel: 1120;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe After Results: crashed;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Photoshop: 990;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Premiere: 1006;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 89.47 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 55.71 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 92.14 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Power: 22.20 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 294.56 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Scientific: 31.35 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 17.72 (Efficiency);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 193.40 (Efficiency).
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 12509 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 943 vpaths, GPU RTX – 1273;

This plays just about as anticipated and is one of essentially the most succesful RTX 3060 laptops within the mid-tier section. On the similar time, different present choices that we’ve examined on this area of interest, such because the Asus TUF F15 or the Lenovo Legion 5i Professional are nearly an identical in efficiency, and that’s customary since they’re just about an identical configurations or even very identical cooling designs. The 2022 Acer Nitro 5, alternatively, is a rather decrease GPU style, at as much as 125W, and rather slower in CPU multi-threaded efficiency as effectively.

So far as the AMD model of this 2022 Legion 5 is going, be expecting that to accomplish on par with the AMD-based Asus TUF A15 reviewed right here, so reasonably identical in GPU benchmarks, inside 5-20% slower in CPU a lot, and inside 5% slower in some video games, because of the variations between the Intel and Ryzen platforms.

The features in CPU efficiency are extra vital when searching at this 2022 Legion 5i vs the AMD-based 2021 Legion 5 examined prior to now, and this era presentations a 7-10% build up in GPU efficiency as effectively.

With that out of the way in which, a few of you could now not recognize the loudly spinning lovers at the Efficiency mode, which ramp as much as 48-49 dB at head point. Thus, in case you want sacrificing the efficiency to a point for quieter fan noise, right here’s how this Legion 5i does at the Steadiness profile with the Legion AI possibility disabled in Vantage, which limits the lovers at sub 42 dB at head point.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 19552 (Graphics – 21221, Physics – 28773, Mixed – 9443);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Secret agent: 8603 (Graphics – 8175, CPU – 12243);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5095;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1635, Multi-core: 11234;
  • CineBench R20 (perfect run): CPU 6061 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 662 CB;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 26.30 s;
  • Blender 3.01 – Study room scene – CPU Compute: 6m 34s (Balanced).

The CPU efficiency is infrequently impacted at the shorter actions, however the 60W PL2 prohibit in the end kicks in with difficult a lot, and that decreases the efficiency via about 20%. The GPU runs at 95W on this mode, which ends up in a 5-10% efficiency hit from the Efficiency mode. Thus, for basic on a regular basis use, this Balanced profile makes a large number of sense.

For those who tick the Legion AI possibility in Vantage, the laptop goes to accomplish just about as on Efficiency, with the lovers at 48 dB noise ranges. Therefore, this mode would defeat the aim of reducing the fan noise.

There’s additionally the Silent mode to believe right here, which helps to keep the lovers at sub 35 dB in sustained a lot, however this considerably limits each the CPU and GPU, so I wouldn’t counsel that for anything else extensive.

Gaming efficiency

Let’s take a look at some video games now.

We examined a few several types of video games at the Efficiency and Balanced profiles at QHD and FHD resolutions, all with the MUX set at the discrete GPU mode. You don’t essentially have to head with dGPU mode right here, as Hybrid mode yields identical effects, as a result of this laptop implements Complex Optimus, which doesn’t affect the gaming efficiency in the similar method as common Optimus does.

Core i7-12700H
+ RTX 3060 Pc 95-140W
QHD Efficiency,
on table
QHD Efficiency,
raised
FHD Efficiency,
on table
FHD Steadiness,
with out Legion AI
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
107 fps (59 fps – 1% low)110 fps (61 fps – 1% low)144 fps (53 fps – 1% low)132 fps (56 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
39 fps (32 fps – 1% low)41 fps (33 fps – 1% low)62 fps (50 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
inadequate vRAM212 fps (154 fps – 1% low)194 fps (132 fps – 1% low)
Some distance Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
71 fps (45 fps – 1% low)71 fps (45 fps – 1% low)94 fps (56 fps – 1% low)86 fps (51 fps – 1% low)
Some distance Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
95 fps (72 fps – 1% low)129 fps (98 fps – 1% low)115 fps (84 fps – 1% low)
Metro Exodus
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
48 fps (34 fps – 1% low)61 fps (40 fps – 1% low)
Pink Useless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
73 fps (55 fps – 1% low)101 fps (72 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Perfect Preset, TAA)
77 fps (54 fps – 1% low)79 fps (55 fps – 1% low)118 fps (74 fps – 1% low)107 fps (72 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
84 fps (65 fps – 1% low)91 fps (73 fps – 1% low)112 fps (72 fps – 1% low)107 fps (72 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, Cyberpunk, Doom, Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Some distance 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 keeping with those settings.

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

Core i7-12700H
+ RTX 3060 Pc 110-135W
QHD EfficiencyFHD Efficiency
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)
53 fps (34 fps – 1% low)87 fps (57 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS ON)
60 fps (44 fps – 1% low)94 fps (60 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Balanced)
41 fps (30 fps – 1% low)58 fps (43 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS High quality)
inadequate vRAMinadequate vRAM
Some distance Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + DXR reflections / shadows)
65 fps (33 fps – 1% low)76 fps (38 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Perfect Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely)
43 fps (31 fps – 1% low)67 fps (47 fps – 1% low)

The gaming efficiency is solely what you’ll be able to be expecting for a high-power RTX 3060 laptop in 2022, and on par with different RTX 3060 140W implementations in the similar section.

Decrease persistent RTX 3060 laptops are going to fare somewhat slower, and the efficiency differs in some titles between Intel or AMD platforms as effectively. For comparability, the 2022 Legion 5i is ready 5-10% sooner than the 2021 Legion 5 (Ryzen + RTX 3060 130W), and on the similar time, and inside not up to 10%  sooner than the i7 + RTX 3060 100W configurations within the Asus TUF Sprint F15 or the Lenovo Legion Slender 7i. That implies the additional persistent doesn’t translate into vital features in gaming skills.

With that out of the way in which, let’s pass over some efficiency and temperature logs.

The Efficiency mode ramps up the lovers to ranges of ~48 dB with the laptop sitting at the table. That helps to keep the CPU at round 70-75 levels Celsius between the examined titles, however the GPU runs at between 83-86 levels and with reference to the 87 C throttling prohibit. When compared, the  RTX 3060 130W ran at sub 80 levels C within the 2021 Legion 5.

Bumping the again of the laptop off the table as a way to fortify the airflow into the lovers results in a 3-7 levels drop within the CPU/GPU temperatures, with the CPU now operating at high-60s C, and the GPU within the very-low-80s C on this case. Those are nice temperatures for this kind of {hardware} and design, and counsel that you need to use this laptop on a passive raiser-stand and even an energetic cooling pad for lengthy gaming periods.

The lovers are perceived somewhat louder with the again of the laptop got rid of the table, at round 49-50 dB.

There’s additionally the strategy to transfer over to the Steadiness mode.

With Legion Ai Engine disabled, the lovers decelerate to about 42 dB at head-level and the framerates take a 7-12% toll from the Efficiency mode, because the GPU persistent is proscribed at round 95W in this mode. The temperatures are superb on each the CPU and GPU, within the 70s at the CPU and mid to excessive 70s at the GPU with the laptop sitting at the table, or decrease with its again bumped up. Steadiness mode is excellently fitted to gaming in this design.

With Legion Ai enabled on Steadiness, alternatively, the laptop plays simply as on Efficiency mode, with 48 dB lovers and the GPU driven to 135-140W. Therefore, I don’t see the purpose of this surroundings, when you’ll be able to go for Efficiency mode as a substitute.

As for the Quiet mode, it helps to keep the lovers at sub 35 dB ranges and it’s nonetheless rather usable at FHD answer and medium settings. This mode limits the GPU to simply round 50-55W of persistent, although.

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

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, speakers, and others

This Legion 5i will get Lenovo’s same old thermal module design, with a two lovers, discovered radiators, and four heatpipes. In comparison to the former Legion 5 era, an additional heatpipe used to be added at the GPU facet.

Radiator shields also are fixed over the RAM modules, SSDs, or even the wifi card, making for a extra complicated thermal module than you’ll in most cases in finding within the mid-tier area of interest. And that interprets in most commonly nice inner and exterior temperatures.

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Positive, the lovers are nonetheless choked up via the narrow toes design with the laptop sitting on a flat floor, similar to on all of the different Legions, and bumping up the again of the laptop is helping decrease the interior temperatures. At the table, the CPU runs at truthful temperatures, however the GPU will get toasty and with reference to the 87 C throttling prohibit. Nonetheless, so long as you’re putting this on a stand, Efficiency mode goes to be completely effective.

Steadiness mode, alternatively, is a fair higher profile for gaming and blended a lot, with quieter lovers, decrease temperatures, and kind of a 10% drop in framerates vs. Efficiency mode.

One different side to say here’s that mud simply is going within this laptop because of its open-back design, as Lenovo aren’t separating the thermal module from the remainder of the motherboard with foam, so the mud freely is going in all places. Therefore, I’d counsel opening up this laptop once in a while as a way to blank it correctly and save you the mud from clogging in.

So far as the fan noise is going, we’re searching at 48 dB at head-level at the Efficiency mode, 42 dB on Steadiness mode (with out Legion Ai Engine), and sub 35 dB on Quiet mode, all with difficult actions. With lighter use, you’ll infrequently listen the lovers on Steadiness or Quiet, and so they’ll even idle with informal a lot on battery mode. I additionally haven’t spotted any coil successful or digital noises in this unit.

So far as temperatures pass, no lawsuits. With day-to-day use, the most up to date spot reaches temperatures within the mid-30s on the height left a part of the internal, and excessive 30s C at the underside.

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

With video games and with the laptop on a flat floor, the hotspots are nonetheless across the height a part of the chassis and with reference to the exhausts, however gained’t pass over the mid-40s on both Steadiness and Efficiency. The WASD and arrow areas keep within the mid-30s, and the plastic development does a nice task at separating the warmth, not like the conductive steel chassis of the opposite Legions.

At the again, across the thermal module, you’ll see temperatures within the mid-50s, so don’t run video games at the lap with out some coverage.

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*Gaming – Steadiness– enjoying Cyberpunk for half-hour, lovers at ~42 dB
*Gaming – Efficiency – enjoying Cyberpunk for half-hour, lovers at ~48 dB

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 thru an Intel AX211 chip in this laptop, in addition to stressed out Gigabit Lan. The wi-fi proved speedy and dependable all the way through my time with the laptop.

Audio is treated via two speakers positioned at the backside of the chassis, and so they’re smaller and tinnier than what Lenovo be offering with their different Legions. Therefore, those sound simply meh. A minimum of the grills are at the angled D-shaped lateral of the underbelly, and they may be able to’t be muffled and coated as simply as at the different Legion designs.

In any case, I’ll point out the digital camera positioned on the height of the display, and flanked via microphones. My pattern will get the usual HD digital camera of the previous, with truthful symbol high quality in first rate mild. Lenovo additionally point out an possibility for the FHD digital camera that’s presented with the Legion 7s, however I doubt that may make it to maximum configurations.

I recognize the digital shutter presented at the appropriate facet of the laptop, which helps you to electronically kill each the digital camera and the microphones while you don’t want them.

Battery lifestyles

You’ll get both a 60 Wh or an 80 Wh battery with the 2022 Legion 5i, and our style is the latter.

The device nonetheless doesn’t robotically transfer the display’s refresh from 165 Hz to 60 Hz while you unplug the laptop, as different gadgets do, and the Fn+R shortcut doesn’t do anything else both. Therefore, you’ll have to manually transfer between refresh modes within the settings if in search of the most efficient battery lifestyles effects.

It’s additionally vital to set the laptop on Hybrid-Auto or Hybrid-iGPU solely modes in Vantage as a way to disable the dGPU with battery use, in a different way, the device will stay waking up the dGPU and that may noticeably affect your runtimes.

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

  • 14 W (~5-6 h of use) – 165Hz, textual content enhancing in Google Power, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12 W (~6-7 h of use) – 60Hz, textual content enhancing in Google Power, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~5-6 h of use) – 165Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~6-7 h of use) – 60Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~5-6 h of use) – 165Hz, 4K Netflix with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, fullscreen in Edge, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~6-7 h of use) – 60Hz, 4K Netflix with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, fullscreen in Edge, Quiet Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 20 W (~4-5 h of use) – 165Hz, surfing in Edge, Steadiness Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 75 W (~1 + h of use) – 165Hz, gaming – Witcher 3, Steadiness Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

Opting between the 60 and 165Hz refresh makes a distinction right here, and with the suitable settings, the runtimes are beautiful nice for an Intel Core H Twelfth-gen platform.

I’ll additionally upload that Lenovo pairs this configuration with a corpulent 300W persistent brick, a dual-piece design with lengthy cables, and a complete weight of round 1.2 pounds. You’ll additionally fee the laptop by the use of USB-C at as much as 135W, in case you don’t need to deliver alongside the principle charger, simply remember that it’s now not going to run at complete features on USB-C persistent.

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Worth and availability- Legion 5i

The Legion 5i is to be had in retail outlets in maximum areas of the sector on the time of this newsletter.

The Intel i7 + RTX 3060 configuration reviewed here’s curently indexed at Lenovo’s US retailer at $1329 (down from $1669 MSRP), with 16 GB of RAM , 512 GB SSD, and the 80Wh battery, however the FHD 165 Hz panel possibility. The similar specifications, however with the QHD show, are indexed in Europe at round 1500-1700 EUR between the other nations, with out accounting for the occasional reductions.

Different choices are to be had as effectively, beginning at sub $1300 for the 3050Ti style and going over 2K for the 3070Ti variant. The 3060 configurations are the better-value choices on this chassis, however the others are attention-grabbing as effectively, on the appropriate worth.

Observe this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs for your area on the time you’re studying this newsletter.

For what’s price, the AMD-based 2022 Legion 5 fashions also are to be had in retail outlets, beginning at round $1200 MSRP. At this actual second, although, the AMD RTX 3060 style is dearer than the Intel variant, but that may alternate through the years. Typically, I be expecting the AMD Ryzen 6000 configurations to promote for no less than $100 not up to a in a similar fashion specced Intel mode.

Ultimate thoughts- 2022 Lenovo Legion 5i

For the remaining years, the Legion 5 has been one of the highest-rated multi-purpose laptop collection within the mid-range worth section, and that’s now not going to modify for the 2022 style 30 days both.

If truth be told, Lenovo had been ready to shine a few of my nits with the former design, specifically across the unrefined persistent profiles and quirky wi-fi. On height of that, the 2022 Legion is a recent design with cleaner seems and stepped forward ergonomics, in addition to an up to date set of specifications, now operating at larger persistent than earlier than and able to larger features in difficult a lot and in video games.

That’s particularly the case for the Intel-based Legion 5i fashions, the place the generational soar in efficiency from remaining 30 days is very large; the AMD style isn’t as robust this 30 days, however is the extra power-efficient possibility and the extra inexpensive selection for budget-conscious consumers.

On the similar time, this laptop stays a full-size design weighing round 2.5 pounds, so most commonly fitted to table use, particularly while you believe that vast 300W persistent brick within the combine. Maximum different laptops on this area are lighter, such because the Acer Nitro 5 or the Asus TUF Gaming collection, or the MSI Katana GF66s. Some are somewhat bit extra compact as effectively, despite the fact that if portability is vital to you, a lot smaller RTX-based choices are to be had, and so they’re reasonably shut in efficiency regardless of operating lower-power {hardware} implementations. Amongst the ones, the TUF Sprint F15 or the ROG Zephyrus G15 spring to mind, from those we’ve examined within the remaining months.

On height of those, you must additionally believe for your determination the competing 16-inch choices to be had on this area available in the market, and particularly the superb Legion 5 Execs with the brighter panels and the rather higher-quality development. For me, those are price a top class over the common Legion 5s, which can be solely to be had with quite dull-looking and dim 16:9 300-nits displays. Between areas and gross sales gives, that top class will also be $100 or $500, and across the $100-$200 mark I would like getting the 5 Execs over the common 5s if conceivable.

So all in all, the 2022 Legion 5i remains to be a very good efficiency and gaming laptop within the mid-tier class, however I think that now not essentially as dominating in its area of interest as prior to now. On one hand, the Legion 5 Professional collection is a tricky contender on the appropriate worth, and at the different, competing merchandise from different manufacturers have stepped forward a good bit over their preceding generations, combating the contest on this area. You’re now not going to be improper going with a Legion 5, however this isn’t essentially perfect for everybody.

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

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