Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 – Budget Ryzen Laptop Review
, The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is a budget friendly gaming laptop with a lot to offer for the money. Mine has the 6 core Ryzen 5 4600H processor with Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti graphics, but there Are other configurations available, including Intel based? You can check out those and updated prices linked in the description.. Its got an all black plastic build. Theres. Definitely some flex due to the plastic, but build quality feels better than the cheaper Nitro. 5. I recently tested. Were looking at under 4.8lb or 2.2kg for the laptop alone, then right on 6lb or about 2.7kg total with the 135 watt power, brick and cables included. The size is decent for a 15 inch. Gaming laptop not super thin or anything, but not huge and still portable.. This smaller footprint allows for 6mm thin screen bezels on the sides.. Its got a 15.6 1080p 120Hz display and its got FreeSync with a 60 to 120Hz range, which is nice to see. Ive, measured. The screen's average grey to grey response time at around 15ms. Ideally, we want to see 8.33ms for a 120Hz panel like this.. Unfortunately, I havent had too many other 120Hz laptops for testing, but it is at least faster than the 120Hz screen in the ASUS G14. Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 63 of sRGB 45 of NTSC 47 of AdobeRGB and 47 of DCI P3. So colours are on the lower side. Were looking at 266 nits at 100 brightness below the 300, or so I like to see, making it a little dim and with an around average 8801 contrast, ratio.
Backlight bleed was fine, even in this worst case test. Just some minor glow patches that I never noticed when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptops. Theres, a 720p camera above the display in the middle, with a physically sliding privacy. Shutter, no Windows, Hello, support.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound. Like this is what it sounds like to type on the keyboard – and this is what it looks like if we close that privacy shutter. The keyboard just has a single zone of blue backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions.. Its got two levels of key brightness or can be turned off with the function and space keys.. Personally, I preferred typing on it. Over the Nitro 5, the keys were a bit more clicky with 1.5mm of key travel heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. I like that the arrow keys, arent small and instead are pushed down a little to make space. The power button is separate from the keyboard, its just above it in the middle.. The precision touchpad is a smooth plastic. It clicks down anywhere and worked fine. Fingerprints and dirt show up pretty easily on the matte black finish, but as its smooth, its easy to clean, with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, the power input, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, 2.0 output, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type: A port, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type C port, no Thunderbolt, 3.
5mm, audio combo jack and status LED.. The right just has a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port and air exhaust vent, so no cables getting in the way. If youre a right handed mouse user., The HDMI port connects straight to the Nvidia graphics.. The Type C port does not offer display. Output and Type C cannot be used to charge the machine.. The weight distribution was good, allowing for one finger opening and by default. The laptop will power on when you open the lid. But you can disable this through the Vantage software. Theres, nothing on the back other than subtle ideapad text as air is instead exhausted below the screen. Theres. Nothing happening on the front. Underneath has some air intake vents towards the back above the fans.? You need to take out 10 Phillips head screws to get inside and the four down the front are shorter than the rest.. Once inside weve got the battery along the front 2.5 drive bay above on the left. Two M.2 storage slots, WiFi 5 card in the center and two memory slots to the right.. This model I bought in Australia shipped with 16gb in dual channel, but the US one just lists 8gb, so it could be single channel., Although the SSD installed is a smaller size, theres room for a longer drive, but the 2nd slot only fits the smaller option.. The two 1.5w speakers are on the left and right sides towards the front.. They sounded ok Id rate them about average, no bass and a bit tinny better than the Nitro 5 though.
Theyre, not super loud at maximum volume, but loud enough and the latencymon results were alright.. The IdeaPad is powered by a 3 cell 45Wh battery Ive tested it with keyboard lighting off background apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness.. The results were quite good, considering the size of the battery lasting for more than 6 hours in the YouTube playback test. Beating Lenovos L340 from last year. With the same battery two spots, below. Lets check out thermals next., The Lenovo Vantage software. Lets you pick between three performance modes which, from lowest to highest, are quiet, balanced and performance, but theres, no user fan controls.. None of these modes applied any overclocks to the GPU, and I didnt find the Ryzen Controller software to make any performance improvements in the higher performance mode.. The idle temperatures were good with a 21 degree Celsius. Room stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with stress, CPU only checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark run. At the same time, while gaming was tested playing, Watch Dogs 2. With the stress tests running quiet mode is the warmest due to lower fans. Then balanced is a fair bit cooler completely. Acceptable. Performance is only a little warmer as it performs better, but still under 90 degrees. On the processor, then the cooling pad helped lower temps a bit more.. Interestingly, when gaming in quiet mode, the temps are way down.. This was because the GPU seemed capped to 300MHz, so the game was basically not playable.
Id write off playing in quiet mode entirely, due to this. Otherwise best case were looking at almost 4GHz over all 6 cores, sustained long term for the CPU.. We can see this in the power levels. The components are running at quiet mode with the game. Running is way down again, basically, unplayable, so not sure why the stress test workload was unaffected. Outside of that. The 1650 Ti had no problems running at its 50 watt. Limit. Heres how CPU only performance looks in Cinebench with the GPU now idle, so not too big of a boost going from balanced to performance. Its only just slightly behind the Nitro 5 in both single and multicore score. However, the Nitro did benefit from Ryzen controller at stock. It was around 200 points lower, so purely out of the box. The Lenovo does perform better in multicore workloads. When idling the keyboard was around the low 30 degree Celsius point which is pretty normal. With the stress tests running in the lowest quiet mode. Its approaching the 50s on the left, WASD felt fairly warm. Balanced mode was a little cooler, probably due to the fan, speed increase, then in the highest performance mode, its pretty similar, warm but not hot, and we can see the hot air exhausting onto the screen on The right. Lets have a listen to those fans.. I could hear the fan and hard drive at idle quiet mode. Does what it says on the box, then balanced and performance were about the same and were quieter when compared to a lot of other gaming laptops, Ive tested in the highest performance.
Mode. Now lets check out how well the IdeaPad Gaming 3 performs in games and see how it compares with other laptops. Ive tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at ultra settings, and the IdeaPad is highlighted in red., Interestingly, its a fair bit behind the ASUS TUF A15. With the same CPU and GPU combination two spots ahead of it, this is only my second 1650 Ti laptop, though so, not too much else in the way of direct comparison. Yet, but at least it is above all, of the 1650 results.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. This time the IdeaPad was ahead of the TUF, so it could just be a bad result in BF5. Its also beating the 5500M in the Alpha 15 granted. That machine does also have the much worse, 3750H processor, otherwise its a bit of a jump up to the next tier being. The 1660 Ti Max Q. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset. The TUF, with the same CPU and GPU was a couple of frames ahead, so nothing major, but still its ahead. In two of the three games weve compared at least in terms of raw gaming performance, anyway., Speaking of a couple of frames, thats the same amount. The IdeaPad was ahead of the cheaper Nitro 5 with 1650. So not all that different.. If you want more results, Ive tested the IdeaPad Gaming 3 in 22 games at all, setting levels check out the card in the top right corner or link in the video description.
. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark, just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K.. This test benefits from quicksync from the Intel machines, which is why the IdeaPad is one of the lower results. Here, though, interestingly, the cheaper Nitro 5, with lower 1650, was a little faster., Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things. Like live playback rather than just export times. In these tests, a higher score is better and the IdeaPad was again slightly trailing behind the lower specced Nitro 5, but was a little ahead of the TUF A15 with the same CPU and GPU.. The results were similar in Adobe Photoshop. This tends to be more of a CPU focussed test, but its now, a fair bit behind the TUF A15 with same specs, while the Nitro is even higher.. Davinci Resolve is more GPU heavy but, despite the apparent benefit of the Ti being a higher spec, its scoring the same as the lower Nitro 5, and only just 5 points behind the TUF. With the same hardware., Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal disk mark to test the 256gb NVMe M.2 SSD. The speeds were alright, but nothing amazing.. The 1TB hard drive seems to have decent speeds for a 5400RPM spinning rust drive.
. For updated prices check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US, its actually sold out too much demand for Ryzen. I guess. Here in Australia were looking at 1400 AUD, though I picked mine up on sale for under 1150 AUD, which, without our taxes, is around 750 USD for my international friends.. The Intel model is in stock in the US for 800 USD though just a quad core i5. There. Now lets summarise the good and bad parts of the IdeaPad Gaming 3 to help you decide if its a gaming laptop worth considering. Overall, I think theres a lot of value here for the money, but that said in many games the performance isnt all that much Different compared to the 670 Nitro 5, with non Ti 1650, so paying the extra for the Ti alone. Doesnt seem worth it.. The screen in the IdeaPad is a little better higher refresh rate and faster response time, but colour, gamut and brightness is similar and on the lower side. The IdeaPad does have FreeSync though. The plastic. Build quality is a little better here, but still pretty average, and I did prefer the keyboard of the Lenovo.. Thermals are good but thats just a side effect of the specs not being high powered.. It doesnt run hot and performs good in any case. Battery. Life was good, considering the smaller battery size and that seems to be a side effect of Ryzen.
As most Ryzen gaming laptops, Ive tested, do well, here. Speaking of Ryzen, the CPU performance on offer is next level here compared to what was available at this price point. Less than a year ago. Its good to see that Lenovo are giving us two memory slots for dual channel memory. Now as the older L340, it replaces only had the one. So all things considered, I think the IdeaPad Gaming 3 is a solid improvement over the L340. But its hard to say if the benefits are worth around 70 or so over Acers Nitro 5, especially if youre on a tight budget. In that case, the Nitro might be the way to go depending on your needs.. Let me know what you thought about Lenovos IdeaPad Gaming, 3 gaming laptop down in the comments. Is it something youd consider And if youre new to the channel get subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech? Videos like this one. Now for more information on our sponsor Squarespace. By now I'm sure. You all know that Squarespace is a powerful online platform for creating websites, but did you know you can also purchase domains with free WHOIS privacy and a beautiful parking page too? Squarespace? Also gives you easy to use analytics to see where visitors are coming from what devices they're browsing with and more useful pageview trends.. You can even create a community on your Squarespace site with the integrated comments system which supports threaded replies and likes.
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