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Lenovo Legion 5 Reviews: Cheapest Fastest AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop

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Lenovo Legion 5 Reviews

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop Specifications and Reviews

Are you looking for an AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop that has fast performance but low prices? This high-end gaming laptop from Lenovo might be interesting to look at!

We are back to reviewing the Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop (2021) but what we are discussing this time is the one that meets AMD Advantage standards.

The collaboration between Lenovo and AMD in Legion 5 was able to create a Gaming Laptop that meets all the requirements of AMD Advantage, while still offering an attractive price. It can even be said to be the cheapest when this video was made.

So let's just start the discussion of the Gaming Laptop that Lenovo says is ready to offer this Next Level Gaming with AMD Advantage.

Specifications of Lenovo Legion 5

Processor

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  • This complies with AMD Advantage requirements – Using AMD Ryzen 5000H Series processor
  • Codename – Cezanne
  • CPU Architecture – Zen 3
  • Fabrication – 7 nm 
  • AMD Ryzen is indeed the only x86 processor in the world that uses 7 nm fabrication which is claimed to provide more optimal power efficiency
  • 8-Core/16-Thread
  • TDP – 45 Watt
  • Total L3 Cache – 16 MB

Memory/RAM

  • 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Dual Channel
  • Using SO-DIMM RAM so it can still be upgraded

Storage

  • 512 GB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 
  • This is AMD Advantage compliant – Uses NVMe PCIe SSD for responsiveness
  • There is a second M.2 slot so you can add storage without disturbing the main SSD
  • Each M.2 slot is equipped with a Heatsink to cool the SSD

Discrete Graphics

  • AMD Radeon RX 6600M
  • Using GPU NAVI 23 based on RDNA2 architecture with 7 nm . fabrication
  • Equipped with 1792 Stream Processor
  • Memory Bus 128 bit
  • 8 GB VRAM capacity with type GDDR6
  • Also equipped with 32 MB AMD Infinity Cache
  • The AMD Smart Access Memory feature or also known as Resizable BAR is certainly present on this Laptop
  • This feature is claimed to improve performance in certain gaming scenarios by allowing the processor to fully access the entire memory capacity of the discrete GPU

Integrated Graphics

  • AMD Radeon Graphics
  • Vega GPU architecture with 7 nm. fabrication
  • Equipped with 512 Stream Processor
  • GPU Clock – 2000 MHz

Of course, the Hybrid Mode feature is still provided on this laptop:
  • When turned off, GPU Discrete will continue to be active
  • Make sure Game uses Discrete GPU instead of IGP
  • This also allows Windows to use the entire available RAM capacity
  • Meanwhile, when activated, GPU Discrete and IGP will be active alternately
  • This makes the Laptop battery more efficient because the Discrete GPU work will be replaced by IGP when on the Desktop
  • Unfortunately in this mode, RAM capacity is cut for allocation to IGP
  • By default it will be cut by 2 GB but there are other size options of 512 MB and 1 GB in the BIOS menu

Wireless Connectivity

  • Using the MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 modul module
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6/Wi-Fi ax
  • Support Bluetooth V5.1

Battery Capacity

  • 80 Wh

Operating System

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Of course this laptop is ready to upgrade to Windows 11 for free!

Body Lenovo Legion 5

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Lenovo Legion 5 body review

This Lenovo Legion 5 uses a Clamshell form factor with the main material using Polycarbonate material. The design it carries is different from the Pro version, where the design of the Lenovo Legion 5 (2021) is indeed designed to hide its identity as a Gaming Laptop. On this laptop, there are very few "Gaming" ornaments and knick-knacks, so it looks more like a minimalist, professional-class laptop. For color choices, there is a Phantom Blue color.

Dimension

  • Length – 36.3 CM
  • Width – 25.9 CM
  • Thick
  • The Thinest Side – 2.35 CM
  • Thickest Side – 2.61 CM

Heavy

  • Laptop – 2.47 Kilogram
  • Charger – 865 GRAM
  • Quite heavy but reasonable because this is a 300 Watt Charger
  • Total – 3.33 KG

Display

  • Size 15.6 Inch
  • Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • Panel IPS
  • 100% sRGB
  • These are the minimum Color Gamut requirements for AMD Advantage Laptops
  • So serious content creation can be done on this laptop
  • 300 Nights
  • Supports Dolby Vision technology
  • Refresh Rate 165 Hz with Response Time 3 ms
  • Similar to the Legion 5 Pro display and meets AMD Advantage requirements
  • Supports Variable Refresh Rate technology – AMD FreeSync Premium which is also one of the requirements of AMD Advantage
  • The screen uses an Anti-Glare surface which makes using it more comfortable
  • The screen frame already uses a thin design on three sides
  • The top middle frame is given a notch that will make it easier for users to open the screen and house the 720P 30 FPS Camera
  • The hinge position is also made closer to the keyboard so that the screen is closer to the user
  • Of course the screen hinges on this laptop can be opened up straight 180°

Audio

Equipped with two speakers with a position on the side towards the base of the laptop. Lenovo also provides

Nahimic software also provides a SoundTracker feature that will display an Overlay in the form of a Radar while playing a game that will tell you where the sound is coming from. The sound produced can't be said to be the loudest but still has quality that can be enjoyed.

Connectors and Buttons

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  • Left
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  • 1X Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Support Display Port protocol
  • 1X 3.5 MM Audio Combo Jack
  • Right
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  • Camera E-Shutter Switch
  • Functions to turn off the Laptop Camera to make it more secure
  • When turned off, Windows can no longer detect the camera module
  • 1X USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • Behind
  • 1X Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1X Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Support Power Delivery
  • Support Display Port protocol
  • 2X USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1X HDMI
  • 1X USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1X DC-IN
The placement of the connectors, which are mostly on the back side, of course, makes the right and left areas of the laptop free from cables that will interfere with the movement of the mouse.

Keyboard

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The keyboard on this laptop uses the Legion TrueStrike Gaming Keyboard, where this Gaming Keyboard has a "Soft Landing" type Switch with a large shock absorber area so that it can provide a soft impact sensation when the button is fully pressed. This keyboard is claimed to provide a better experience when used to play games or type.

This keyboard has a Travel Distance of 1.5 MM, supports N-Key Rollover technology and 100% Anti-ghosting, and is equipped with NumPad keys. The arrow keys are not reduced so they are the same size as the other keys. Each button has been given a special anti-oil and anti-abrasion coating so that it does not wear out quickly and is durable.

The keyboard also features a white backlit lamp with two brightness levels, where t

Touchpad

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The touchpad on the Lenovo Legion 5 has a position parallel to the Spacebar button which is very typical of Lenovo. This position makes typing more comfortable because your hands don't easily enter the keyboard area. Of course, the use of the touchpad is also more comfortable because it uses the Windows Precision Driver.

Cooling System

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Lenovo Legion 5 (2021) uses the latest Legion Coldfront 3.0 cooling system, where the laptop cooling system is equipped with 4 copper heatpipes and 2 fans that cool the CPU, GPU, GDDR6 chip, as well as VRM components. This cooling system is also equipped with 4 heat dissipation vents to the right, left, and rear right-left.

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop Performance Test

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As usual, the Thermal Mode menu is available in the Lenovo Vantage Software to set the Laptop's performance profile with the following options:
  • Performance Mode
  • Balanced Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Performance profiles can also be changed quickly by pressing the Fn + Q keys.

Cinebench R15 20X Loop

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In Balanced mode, the highest score obtained is 2114 points and has increased to 2208 points in Performance mode. Meanwhile, for a score that can be maintained, we find a range of 2040-2060 points in Balanced mode and increases to 2169-2180 points when Performance mode is activated.

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Scores like that are what we expected for this AMD Ryzen processor.

Working Temperature (Cinebench R15 20X Loop)
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In Balanced mode, the processor temperature fluctuates in the range of 80-90 °C. While in Performance mode, the processor temperature also experiences ups and downs but is in the range of 87-94 °C.

Blender 2.92 (Rendering Time)

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BMW27 Scene | Resolution – 1920 x 1080 px | Render Resolution – 50%
  • CPU Rendering – 3 Min 54 Seconds
  • GPU Rendering using OpenCL with RX 6600M
  • 1 Min 54 Seconds
Working Temperature (Blender GPU Rendering)
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The processor temperature slowly rose until it reached a steady point in the range of 58-59 °C although at the end of the test there were several jumps to 68 °C. While the temperature of the Discrete GPU also slowly rises until it reaches a stable point in the range of 60 °C.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021

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Scenario #1 – 4K to 4K

Source Video – 2 Min 7 Seconds | 4K 60 FPS
  • Editing – Color Correction + Video Layering
  • Export to – Youtube 4K 60 FPS
Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
  • 15 Min 50 Seconds
Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (OpenCL)
  • 3 Min 7 Seconds
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Scenario #2 – Full HD to Full HD
  • Source Video – 2 Min 7 Seconds | Full HD 60 FPS
  • Editing – Color Correction + Video Layering
  • Export to – Youtube Full HD 60 FPS
  • Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
  • 4 Mins 36 Seconds
  • Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (OpenCL)
  • 1 Min 22 Seconds
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Working Temperature (4K Video Export with OpenCL acceleration)

In this scenario, the processor temperature slowly rises until it reaches a stable point in the range of 65-66 °C. Meanwhile, the Discrete GPU temperature also slowly rises until it reaches a stable point in the range of 60-61 °C

DaVinci Resolve (Free Version)

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In this test we used Video and Editing material that was made as close as possible to the previous Premiere test.

4K 60 FPS to Youtube 4K 60 FPS
  • 5 Min 43 Seconds
FHD 60 FPS to Youtube FHD 60 FPS
  • 1 Min 39 Seconds
Working Temperature (4K Video Export)
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In this scenario, the working temperature of the processor moves in the range of 90-100 °C . Fortunately, temperature increases of up to 100 °C occur only occasionally and for a short period of time. While the Discrete GPU temperature is in the range of 59-62 °C

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Test

Of course, it's not complete if you test a gaming laptop but have not tested its performance while playing games. What was the result like? Check out the performance results below:

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DOTA 2 (1920 x 1080 | Quality Preset – Fastest | Rendering Scale – 100%)

  • 130-200 FPS

CSGO (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – Low)

  • 210-480 FPS

Death Stranding (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – Very High)

  • 110-140 FPS

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – Highest | Ray Traced Shadow Quality – Medium)

  • 80-100 FPS

Cyberpunk 2077 (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – Ultra | Crowd Density – High)

  • 45-55 FPS

Red Dead Redemption 2 (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – High | Texture Quality – Ultra | Vulkan)

  • 90-100 FPS

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (1920 x 1080 | Quality Setting – Very High)

  • 70-80 FPS

Gaming Work Temperature (30 Minutes Assassin's Creed Valhalla)
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  • Processor temperature seems stable in the range of 87-88 °C
  • While the working temperature of the Discrete GPU is stable in the range of 70-71 °C

Body Surface Temperature (30 Minutes Assassin's Creed Valhalla)

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  • The hottest areas are around the arrow keys and the top side of the keyboard with the highest temperature reaching 45 °C
  • While the temperature of the ASDW button remains safe in the range of 34-36 °C
  • Palmrest temperature still looks similar to our room temperature in the range of 25-26 °C
  • Overall, there is no problem with the Keyboard area which is always used to play the Game

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop Test Storage

CrystalDiskMark
  • Read – 3606 MB/s
  • Write – 3075 MB/s
This result is of course quite high with speeds that are almost towards the upper limit of the M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.

We also tested the second M.2 slot on this Laptop with our SSD and the results were:
  • Read – 3472 MB/s
  • Write – 3100 MB/s
So the second M.2 slot is just as tight as the first M.2 slot.

Battery: Lenovo Legion 5

Lenovo Legion 5 (2021) has a capacity of 80 Whr. For battery testing, we used the configuration: Brightness 50% | Volume 25% | Balanced Mode.

1080P Video Playback

Hybrid Mode Off – 4 Hours 46 Minutes
Hybrid Mode On – 10 Hours 8 Minutes
So if you need long battery life for outdoor activities without the hassle of looking for a power outlet, make sure to always activate the Hybrid Mode feature.

Charging

  • Rapid Charge – Off
  • 30 Minutes – 38%
  • 60 Minutes – 72%
  • 90 Minutes – 95%
  • Full 100% – 1 Hour 48 Minutes
  • This is relatively fast even though the Rapid Charge feature is not yet active
  • Usually the standard benchmark is in 2 hours
Rapid Charge – On

  • 30 Minutes – 76%
  • Full 100% – 59 Minutes
  • Usually, even though Rapid Charge is active, the charging time is still around 1-1.5 hours. But the results we get are not even 1 hour.

Lenovo Legion 5 Price and Sales Packages

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Price for Lenovo Legion 5: ,-

Purchase includes:
  • Windows 10 operating system
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019
Purchase bonus
  • Legion M300 RGB Gaming Mouse
  • Legion Gaming Backpack
This laptop is covered by Premium Care warranty as well as Accidental Damage Protection for 3 years. ADP offers protection against user negligence outside the main warranty such as:
  • Liquid spillage
  • Fall off the table
  • Cracks in the LCD panel
  • Keyboard off
  • Electric short
  • Accidental fall
Covered for 3 years. Not two years, not a year.
  • Paid 100%
  • Can be claimed many times but as long as it's not in the same part
  • The same part a maximum of two times
Lenovo also provides its newest service Legion Ultimate Support for 3 years. This service with the tagline “From Gamers to Gamers” allows customers to get advice from a technician who is also a Gamer in terms of Software improvement and Hardware optimization who can be contacted at any time, 24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week/365 Days a Year , through the Chat feature. , telephone Toll Free, or Email.