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Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH Laptop Review: The battery just won't die

Discrete gamer. Despite the hardware from the gaming entry-level segment, you don't have to worry about the performance. The Legion 5 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the matte screen (Full-HD, IPS). The highlight of the laptop is the outstanding battery life.
Sascha Mölck, 👁 Florian Glaser, Brian Burriston (translated by Mark Riege),

The Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 is one of the gaming notebooks in the 17.3-inch format. The equipment configuration that was made available to us represents one of the currently more affordable models of the series. At a price of just below 1000 Euros (~$1172), you get a Core i5-10300H processor and a GeForce GTX-1650 graphics core accompanied by 8 GB of working memory and 512-GB NVMe SSD. Competitors of the notebook include devices such as the MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR, the Asus TUF A17 FA706IU, and the HP Pavilion Gaming 17.

Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 (Legion 5 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-10300H 4 x 2.5 - 4.5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile - 4096 MB, Core: 1380-1515 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 27.21.14.5638 (Nvidia 456.38), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-3200, single-channel mode, two memory banks (one in use)
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN04.3, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B, 512 GB 
, 1x M.2-2242, 1x M.2 or 1x 2.5" (empty), 421 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC3287
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio port, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.2 x 398.6 x 290 ( = 1.03 x 15.69 x 11.42 in)
Battery
80 Wh, 5350 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.912 kg ( = 102.72 oz / 6.42 pounds), Power Supply: 418 g ( = 14.74 oz / 0.92 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82 %
10/2020
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.9 kg26.2 mm17.30"1920x1080
79 %
04/2020
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.2 kg23.1 mm17.30"1920x1080
83 %
05/2020
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
2.6 kg26 mm17.30"1920x1080
82 %
07/2019
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
2.8 kg25 mm17.30"1920x1080

Case - A plastic case for the Legion 5

You will look in vain for high-quality case materials in the Legion 5, since Lenovo uses matte-black plastic. The top of the base unit is covered with a rubberized surface. What immediately stands out is the positioning of the lid, which is not flush with the back of the notebook but shifted toward the front by about 25 mm (~1 in). The battery is built in. There is no maintenance flap, so in order to access the insides, you have to remove the bottom of the case.

There is no reason for complaints about the workmanship. The clearances are right and we do not notice any sharp edges. While the base unit can be warped slightly, this remains within limits. The same goes for the lid. Pressure on the back of the lid leads to changes in the display image in some places. The hinges hold the lid tightly in place, with a maximum opening angle of about 170 degrees. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.

The Legion 5 represents the largest and heaviest laptop within our comparison field.

Size Comparison

405 mm / 15.9 inch 282 mm / 11.1 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.8 kg6.08 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 269 mm / 10.6 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.6 kg5.73 lbs398.6 mm / 15.7 inch 290 mm / 11.4 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.42 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.1 mm / 0.909 inch 2.2 kg4.78 lbs

Equipment - The Lenovo Laptop comes without Thunderbolt 3

The Lenovo computer offers five USB ports (4x Type-A, 1x Type-C) that all operate in the USB 3.2 Gen-1 standard. The Type-C port also supports the DisplayPort-via-USB-C function (but you need to purchase a separate adapter). So together with the HDMI port, the Legion offers two video connections. In addition, there is a Gigabit Ethernet connection and an audio combo port.

Left side: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), audio combo
Left side: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), audio combo
Right side: storage card reader (SD), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
Right side: storage card reader (SD), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
Back: slot for a cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-C, DisplayPort), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), HDMI 2.0, power
Back: slot for a cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-C, DisplayPort), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), HDMI 2.0, power

SD Card Reader

In contrast to its 15.6-inch sibling model, our current test unit includes an SD storage card reader. Inserted storage cards stick out by a whole 16 mm (~0.6 in). With transfer rates of 88 MB/s (copying large data blocks) and 80 MB/s (transferring 250 jpg files of about 5 MB each), the reader is among the faster representatives of its kind. We test storage card readers using a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II). 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 218, n=305)
94.1 MB/s ∼100% +18%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼85%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.7 MB/s ∼79% -7%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=303)
111 MB/s ∼100% +26%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88 MB/s ∼79%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
67.7 MB/s ∼61% -23%

Communication

The Intel WLAN chip (AX201) supports the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards. The transfer rates measured under optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices in close proximity, close distance between notebook and server PC) turn out excellent. Wired network connections are handled by a representative of Realtek's familiar RTL8168/8111 family, which does its job without any complications.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1390 MBit/s ∼100%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1295 (1184min - 1487max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=122)
1220 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=362)
753 MBit/s ∼54% -46%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼47% -53%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
634 (621min - 646max) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=122)
1084 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1050 MBit/s ∼97%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1030 (722min - 1235max) MBit/s ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=362)
693 MBit/s ∼64% -34%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
650 MBit/s ∼60% -38%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
623 (577min - 656max) MBit/s ∼57% -41%

Webcam

The webcam (0.9 MP, max. 1280 x 720 pixels) does not produce convincing images - just as the cameras from the competitors. In addition, color accuracy is lacking. With a deviation of almost 16, the target of Delta-E smaller than 3 is clearly missed.

ColorChecker
11 ∆E
19 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
22 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
24.9 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
16 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
15 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05: 15.8 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 24.89 ∆E
ColorChecker
5.4 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
7 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76: 7.54 ∆E min: 3.64 - max: 11.75 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.3 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
11 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
4 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
4 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR: 7.16 ∆E min: 1.45 - max: 17.41 ∆E

Accessories

The notebook includes the usual documents such as quick start instructions and warranty information.

Maintenance

In order to access the insides, you have to remove the bottom of the case. First all the screws on the bottom have to be removed, before you can lift off the bottom of the case using a flat spatula or prying tool. Because of the way it is built, this turns out to be more difficult in the back section of the base unit than in the front area, and you have to proceed carefully and with a delicate touch.

Legion 5 hardware
Legion 5 hardware
Legion 5 hardware
Legion 5 hardware

Warranty

Lenovo offers a two-year warranty for the 17.3-inch laptop. The duration and services can be expanded, with a three-year on-site warranty costing about 55 Euros (~$64), for example.

Input Devices - There is no RGB illumination

Keyboard

The Legion is equipped with an illuminated chiclet keyboard. The concave keys offer a short stroke and clear pressure point. While typing, the keyboard has some give in the right area of the main keys, but this did not turn out to be too much of a hindrance. The keyboard illumination (two brightness levels) is controlled by a function key. Overall, Lenovo is delivering a keyboard suitable for everyday tasks here.

Touchpad

The multitouch capable ClickPad has a footprint of about 10.5 x 7 cm (~4.1 x 2.8 in), so it does not lack space for using gesture controls. The pad also responds to inputs in the corners, and the smooth surface does not prevent fingers from sliding easily. The pad offers a short stroke and clearly audible and noticeable pressure point.

Legion 5 input devices
Legion 5 input devices

Display - IPS onboard

The matte 17.3-inch display of the Legion offers a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The brightness (304 cd/m²) and contrast (1304:1) turn out good. While the response times are decent, they don't inspire enthusiasm, and the alternatively available 144-Hz display recommends itself in this regard.

308
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B173HAN04.3
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 326 cd/m² Average: 304.3 cd/m² Minimum: 3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 326 cd/m²
Contrast: 1304:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.42 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 1.53
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
93% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 71% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.261
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
AU Optronics B173HAN04.3, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
AU Optronics B173HAN04.7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
BOE NV173FHM-NX1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
BOE0825, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Response Times
9%
37%
24%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (19.6, 18.8)
34 (18, 16)
11%
22.4 (11.6, 10.8)
42%
31.6 (14, 17.6)
18%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (15.6, 12.4)
26.4 (15.6, 10.8)
6%
19.2 (9.6, 9.6)
31%
19.6 (10.8, 8.8)
30%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-40%
-37%
-13%
Brightness middle
326
251.2
-23%
264.8
-19%
299.6
-8%
Brightness
304
242
-20%
253
-17%
285
-6%
Brightness Distribution
89
92
3%
90
1%
86
-3%
Black Level *
0.25
0.34
-36%
0.31
-24%
0.33
-32%
Contrast
1304
739
-43%
854
-35%
908
-30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.42
4.5
-2%
4.73
-7%
3.68
17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.44
20
-112%
18.89
-100%
8.05
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.53
3.91
-156%
4.64
-203%
3.15
-106%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
4
31%
1.4
76%
3.8
34%
Gamma
2.261 97%
2.25 98%
2.16 102%
2.12 104%
CCT
6822 95%
5882 111%
6641 98%
7240 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71
37.3
-47%
38.4
-46%
58.1
-18%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
58.1
-38%
59.3
-36%
89.8
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -33%
0% / -26%
6% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

In the state of delivery, the display shows a decent color reproduction. However, with a Delta-E 2000 color deviation of 4.4, the target of Delta-E < 3 is missed. The display does not suffer from a blue tint. A calibration will improve the color reproduction with the color deviation dropping to 1.53 and the grayscale reproduction becoming more balanced. The AdobeRGB (71%) and sRGB (93%) color spaces are not covered completely.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH vs. sRGB (93%)
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH vs. sRGB (93%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH vs. AdobeRGB (71%)
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH vs. AdobeRGB (71%)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Lenovo has equipped the Legion with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles, allowing the display to be read from any viewing angle. Outdoors, the display contents can be read if the sunlight is not too bright.

The Legion 5 outdoors
The Legion 5 outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - The hardware runs at full power

The 17.3-inch Legion 5 17IMH05 gaming notebook is able to bring all the current games to the screen smoothly. While our test unit costs barely 1000 Euros (~$1172), other equipment variants are also available.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
 

Test Conditions

The preinstalled Lenovo Vantage software allows you to specify the temperature mode with the three options "Performance mode," "Balanced mode," and "Quiet mode" being available. We used the "Balanced mode" for running our tests, since it is active by default.

The integrated UHD Graphics-630 GPU can be turned on or off with the Lenovo Vantage software ("Hybrid mode"). We ran our tests with an active iGPU - which also means that the switching graphics solution (Optimus) was activated.

Lenovo Vantage
Lenovo Vantage
Lenovo Vantage
Lenovo Vantage

Balanced vs. Performance vs. Quiet Mode

The three temperature modes only influence the performance development of the processor. They have no effect on the GPU. If the Balanced mode is active, the CPU Turbo is only used after several minutes of sustained load. The same goes for the Quiet mode, but there the Turbo is not used fully. Only with the Performance mode activated, the Turbo is used immediately at full power. 

So what is the effect of the Balanced mode? In the first minutes of a computer game, the frame rates may remain below the capabilities of the hardware, which depends on the CPU load of the game. Applications that only demand brief spurts of computing performance will not be able to use the Turbo. This is confirmed by the results in the various CPU benchmarks, the CB15 loop test, and the Witcher-3 test.

In our opinion, the Quiet mode represents the first choice for everyday operation. The fans run rarely or not at all, allowing for concentrated work. The CPU performance is more than sufficient for everyday usage scenarios. 

Note: We ran the CPU and PC-Mark benchmarks in Performance mode as well as Balanced mode, and you can find the results in the comparison charts.

Processor

The Legion is run by a Core i5-10300H quad-core processor (Comet Lake), which runs at a basic core speed of 2.5 GHz. Via Turbo, the clock speed can be increased up to 4.2 GHz (four cores) and 4.5 GHz (single core). Hyper threading (running two threads per core) is supported.

The processor runs through the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks at 4.2 GHz (multi-thread) and 4.2 to 4.5 GHz (single-thread). In battery operation, the clock speeds remain at 2.5 GHz (single and multi-thread).

Multi-thread (mains operation)
Multi-thread (mains operation)
Single-thread (mains operation)
Single-thread (mains operation)
Multi-thread (mains operation, Performance mode)
Multi-thread (mains operation, Performance mode)
Single-thread (mains operation, Performance mode)
Single-thread (mains operation, Performance mode)

We evaluate whether the CPU Turbo is also used constantly in mains operation by running the multi-thread test of the Cinebench R15 benchmark for at least 30 minutes in a constant loop. While the Turbo is only used after the sixth run, it then runs at full speed. If the Performance mode is activated in the Lenovo Vantage software, the Turbo is used immediately.

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Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø850 (539.07-902.4)
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H; Leistungsmodus: Ø896 (884.13-901.49)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø768 (755.39-839.42)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76 AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H: Ø1773 (1724.58-1815.79)
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1077 (1065.56-1205.55)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop (Performance mode)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop (Performance mode)
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
108 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
548 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
73.33 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
Intel Core i7-9750H
193 Points ∼100% +79%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
189 Points ∼98% +75%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
185 Points ∼96% +71%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
180 Points ∼93% +67%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (108 - 194, n=15)
172 Points ∼89% +59%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 220, n=631)
162 Points ∼84% +50%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
108 Points ∼56%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1816 (1724.58min - 1815.79max) Points ∼100% +231%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
Intel Core i7-9750H
1172 Points ∼65% +114%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=637)
933 Points ∼51% +70%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
901 Points ∼50% +64%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
839 (755.39min - 839.42max) Points ∼46% +53%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (536 - 921, n=15)
824 Points ∼45% +50%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
548 Points ∼30%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
555 Seconds * ∼100% -5%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
528 Seconds * ∼95%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (479 - 555, n=11)
513 Seconds * ∼92% +3%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
478.9 Seconds * ∼86% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=96)
381 Seconds * ∼69% +28%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
271 Seconds * ∼49% +49%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
48837 MIPS ∼100% +222%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=97)
37404 MIPS ∼77% +147%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
24057 MIPS ∼49% +59%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (15146 - 24772, n=11)
23091 MIPS ∼47% +52%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
22139 MIPS ∼45% +46%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
15146 MIPS ∼31%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
4956 MIPS ∼100% +68%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5811, n=97)
4932 MIPS ∼100% +67%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4717 MIPS ∼95% +60%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (2945 - 4956, n=11)
4685 MIPS ∼95% +59%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4662 MIPS ∼94% +58%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
2945 MIPS ∼59%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
477 Points ∼100% +53%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
462 Points ∼97% +48%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 524, n=140)
452 Points ∼95% +45%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (312 - 470, n=12)
444 Points ∼93% +42%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
437 Points ∼92% +40%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
312 Points ∼65%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4132 Points ∼100% +196%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=141)
3026 Points ∼73% +117%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus )
2232 Points ∼54% +60%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (1397 - 2240, n=12)
2065 Points ∼50% +48%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1906 Points ∼46% +36%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
1397 Points ∼34%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
7782 Points ∼100% +180%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=79)
6655 Points ∼86% +139%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (2783 - 4728, n=13)
4321 Points ∼56% +55%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
4122 Points ∼53% +48%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4032 Points ∼52% +45%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
2783 Points ∼36%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1428, n=79)
1227 Points ∼100% +75%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1189 Points ∼97% +69%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
1184 Points ∼96% +68%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (703 - 1241, n=13)
1159 Points ∼94% +65%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1143 Points ∼93% +63%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
703 Points ∼57%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
12.2 fps ∼100% +99%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 19.8, n=96)
10.3 fps ∼84% +68%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
7.39 fps ∼61% +21%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (6.13 - 7.78, n=11)
7.04 fps ∼58% +15%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.34 fps ∼52% +3%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.13 fps ∼50%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
94.04 s * ∼100%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
61.4 s * ∼65% +35%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
58.9 s * ∼63% +37%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (23.9 - 94, n=11)
55.9 s * ∼59% +41%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 95.8, n=73)
55.8 s * ∼59% +41%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
49.45 s * ∼53% +47%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
1.088 sec * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (0.625 - 1.088, n=11)
0.689 sec * ∼63% +37%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.676 sec * ∼62% +38%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H (Leistungsmodus)
0.644 sec * ∼59% +41%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.531 - 1.088, n=77)
0.615 sec * ∼57% +43%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
0.596 sec * ∼55% +45%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly and is well-rounded. The Core i5 processor offers sufficient computing performance for all the usual application areas, and the dedicated graphics core allows using computer games. The overall performance could be slightly increased by activating the dual-channel mode. To do that, you would need to install a second working memory module into the notebook.

The notebook offers two working memory slots.
The notebook offers two working memory slots.
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3181 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2954 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4265 points
PCMark 10 Score
4077 points
Help
PCMark 10 - Score
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5617 Points ∼100% +38%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5429 Points ∼97% +33%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=311)
5339 Points ∼95% +31%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5301 Points ∼94% +30%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (4077 - 5301, n=5)
4690 Points ∼83% +15%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B (Leistungsmodus)
4524 Points ∼81% +11%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
4077 Points ∼73%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5749 Points ∼100% +35%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5276 Points ∼92% +24%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5222 Points ∼91% +22%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6825, n=463)
5124 Points ∼89% +20%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B (Leistungsmodus)
5117 Points ∼89% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (4265 - 5276, n=5)
5009 Points ∼87% +17%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
4265 Points ∼74%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4780 Points ∼100% +50%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=480)
4290 Points ∼90% +35%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4148 Points ∼87% +30%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
3797 Points ∼79% +19%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (3181 - 3971, n=5)
3670 Points ∼77% +15%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B (Leistungsmodus)
3560 Points ∼74% +12%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3181 Points ∼67%

DPC Latencies

We were able to see some conspicuous behavior in the DPC latencies in our standardized Latency Monitor test (web surfing, 4k video reproduction, Prime95 high load). The system does not appear to be suited for real-time video and audio processing.

Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8851.6 μs * ∼100% -424%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
2951.7 μs * ∼33% -75%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
1687.8 μs * ∼19%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

An NVMe SSD (M.2-2242) from SK Hynix that offers 512 GB of storage space is used as the system drive. While the transfer rates turn out good, the SSD is not one of the top models. 

The laptop storage can be expanded by a 2.5-inch storage medium (SATA slot and insertion frame available) or a second eNVMe SSD (M.2-2280, M.2-2242). However, you cannot insert both drives at the same time, since inserting a second NVMe SSD requires taking out the 2.5-inch drive frame.

A removable cover ...
A removable cover ...
... hides the SSD (bottom of the picture; NVMe, M.2-2242) and WLAN module.
... hides the SSD (bottom of the picture; NVMe, M.2-2242) and WLAN module.
The laptop offers space for a 2.5-inch storage medium (the image shows a place holder).
The laptop offers space for a 2.5-inch storage medium (the image shows a place holder).
If the 2.5-inch drive frame is removed, a second NVMe SSD can be inserted alternatively. The thread necessary to fasten the SSD (bottom right corner) can be moved, allowing you to use SSDs of various lengths.
If the 2.5-inch drive frame is removed, a second NVMe SSD can be inserted alternatively. The thread necessary to fasten the SSD (bottom right corner) can be moved, allowing you to use SSDs of various lengths.
SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2263 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1022 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 517.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 499.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1241 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1053 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 44.84 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 134.7 MB/s
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Average SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
13%
28%
27%
-2%
Write 4K
134.7
140.7
4%
189.7
41%
135.3
0%
141 (130 - 160, n=3)
5%
Read 4K
44.84
43.18
-4%
62.25
39%
63.67
42%
45.9 (44.4 - 48.3, n=3)
2%
Write Seq
1053
1829
74%
1681
60%
1337
27%
1050 (1038 - 1059, n=3)
0%
Read Seq
1241
1095
-12%
1608
30%
1617
30%
1168 (1105 - 1241, n=3)
-6%
Write 4K Q32T1
499.8
431.7
-14%
468.6
-6%
567.5
14%
495 (490 - 500, n=3)
-1%
Read 4K Q32T1
517.9
526.9
2%
540.6
4%
644.8
25%
450 (309 - 522, n=3)
-13%
Write Seq Q32T1
1022
1831
79%
1770
73%
1428
40%
1034 (1022 - 1053, n=3)
1%
Read Seq Q32T1
2263
1708
-25%
1898
-16%
3184
41%
2268 (2261 - 2280, n=3)
0%
AS SSD
-38%
-7%
15%
0%
Score Total
2399
2085
-13%
2333
-3%
2909
21%
2419 (2365 - 2492, n=3)
1%
Score Write
938
690
-26%
1132
21%
1476
57%
959 (938 - 986, n=3)
2%
Score Read
983
892
-9%
775
-21%
951
-3%
978 (938 - 1012, n=3)
-1%
Access Time Write *
0.037
0.151
-308%
0.113
-205%
0.034
8%
0.035 (0.032 - 0.037, n=3)
5%
Access Time Read *
0.05
0.084
-68%
0.043
14%
0.073
-46%
0.058 (0.05 - 0.063, n=3)
-16%
4K-64 Write
745.21
402.63
-46%
819.84
10%
1232.96
65%
754 (745 - 769, n=3)
1%
4K-64 Read
772.82
751.42
-3%
586.4
-24%
730.81
-5%
775 (755 - 797, n=3)
0%
4K Write
101.74
111.64
10%
158.51
56%
108.22
6%
112 (102 - 131, n=3)
10%
4K Read
46.18
39.88
-14%
56.27
22%
49.73
8%
48.8 (46.2 - 52.1, n=3)
6%
Seq Write
913.26
1755.37
92%
1538.61
68%
1344.71
47%
924 (860 - 1000, n=3)
1%
Seq Read
1635.09
1006.66
-38%
1319.58
-19%
1708.98
5%
1536 (1348 - 1635, n=3)
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -17%
11% / 8%
21% / 20%
-1% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

Constant Performance Reads: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B: Ø2221 (1385.38-2255.38)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8: Ø1659 (1402.78-1729.52)

Graphics Card

The GeForce-GTX-1650 graphics core (Turing) is a representative of the GPU mid-range. It is accompanied by 4096 GB of fast GDDR6 graphics storage. The results in the 3D-Mark benchmarks range at a normal level for this GPU. The UHD Graphics 630 GPU integrated into the processor is active, and the laptop uses Nvidia's Optimus switching graphics solution. The iGPU can be deactivated in the BIOS or in the Lenovo Vantage software.

Nvidia envisions a clock speed range between 1380 MHz (basis) and 1515 MHz (boost) for this DirectX 12 GPU. Higher clock speeds can be reached if the GPU does not exceed a fixed temperature and/or power limit. For example, we register a maximum of 1797 MHz that can only be maintained briefly, though. Our "The Witcher 3" test runs at an average speed of 1706 MHz.

3D Mark 11 (mains operation)
3D Mark 11 (mains operation)
3D Mark 11 (battery operation)
3D Mark 11 (battery operation)
Sky Diver
Sky Diver
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark 11 Performance
11495 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26934 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8485 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3584 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
20793 Points ∼100% +63%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
17457 Points ∼84% +37%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=728)
14934 Points ∼72% +17%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
13168 Points ∼63% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (10885 - 13575, n=25)
13003 Points ∼63% +2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
12726 Points ∼61%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=266)
6088 Points ∼100% +76%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
5744 Points ∼94% +66%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
5043 Points ∼83% +46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (2909 - 3700, n=24)
3465 Points ∼57% 0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
3461 Points ∼57% 0%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
3455 Points ∼57%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
15334 Points ∼100% +63%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
13188 Points ∼86% +40%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=651)
12399 Points ∼81% +32%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
9621 Points ∼63% +2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
9423 Points ∼61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (7741 - 9794, n=25)
9251 Points ∼60% -2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
89505 Points ∼100% +44%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=621)
72315 Points ∼81% +16%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
62268 Points ∼70%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
61350 Points ∼69% -1%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
59839 Points ∼67% -4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (38016 - 66073, n=18)
55759 Points ∼62% -10%

Gaming Performance

The CPU-GPU combination brings all the games in our database smoothly to the screen. Generally the Full-HD resolution and medium to high quality settings can be used, and in some case even more is possible.

The fact that the working memory runs in single-channel mode is responsible for some games (see comparison chart) only reaching significantly lower frame rates at low settings than other comparably-equipped laptops. A second working memory module (= active dual-channel mode) would remedy this.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H
55.6 (53min - 60max) fps ∼100% +38%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=422)
54.2 fps ∼97% +34%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H
48.5 fps ∼87% +20%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
40.3 (26min) fps ∼72%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
38.5 fps ∼69% -4%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
37.7 fps ∼68% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
37.4 fps ∼67% -7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (29.9 - 40.3, n=24)
35.8 fps ∼64% -11%
F1 2020
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average of class Gaming
  (17 - 161, n=25)
95.6 fps ∼100% +68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (57 - 63, n=4)
58.8 fps ∼62% +3%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
57 (46min - 66max) fps ∼60% 0%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
57 (47min - 66max) fps ∼60%
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (72 - 268, n=17)
205 fps ∼100% +31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (156 - 208, n=4)
183 fps ∼89% +17%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
182 (169min - 197max) fps ∼89% +17%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
156 (117min - 169max) fps ∼76%
Death Stranding
1920x1080 Very High Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (56.5 - 147, n=18)
92.9 fps ∼100% +61%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
57.6 fps ∼62%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (56.5 - 57.8, n=4)
57.3 fps ∼62% -1%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
56.5 fps ∼61% -2%
1280x720 Low Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (33.5 - 166, n=14)
126 fps ∼100% +25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (101 - 111, n=4)
106 fps ∼84% +5%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
104.9 fps ∼83% +4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
100.8 fps ∼80%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average of class Gaming
  (23 - 126, n=111)
75 fps ∼100% +67%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H
73 fps ∼97% +62%
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H
64 fps ∼85% +42%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
47 fps ∼63% +4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
45 fps ∼60%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
44 (35min - 73max) fps ∼59% -2%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
44 fps ∼59% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (34 - 47, n=12)
43.7 fps ∼58% -3%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H
126 fps ∼100% +52%
Average of class Gaming
  (28 - 178, n=85)
116 fps ∼92% +40%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
115 fps ∼91% +39%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H
108 fps ∼86% +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
101 fps ∼80% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (57 - 128, n=11)
94.5 fps ∼75% +14%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
88 (57min - 142max) fps ∼70% +6%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
83 fps ∼66%
Doom Eternal
1920x1080 High Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (26.9 - 222, n=33)
129 fps ∼100% +86%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
69.2 fps ∼54%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
68.1 fps ∼53% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (62.6 - 69.2, n=4)
65.7 fps ∼51% -5%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
62.6 fps ∼49% -10%
1280x720 Low Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (62 - 256, n=26)
191 fps ∼100% +37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
151.5 fps ∼79% +9%
Nexoc GH5 515IG
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
148.6 fps ∼78% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (119 - 152, n=4)
140 fps ∼73% +1%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
139 fps ∼73%
Mafia Definitive Edition
1920x1080 High Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (43.3 - 122, n=11)
73.2 fps ∼100% +69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (43.3 - 44.9, n=2)
44.1 fps ∼60% +2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
43.3 fps ∼59%
1280x720 Low Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (66.2 - 150, n=8)
115 fps ∼100% +74%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (66.2 - 103, n=2)
84.6 fps ∼74% +28%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
66.2 fps ∼58%

In order to evaluate whether the frame rates also remain mostly constant over a longer time period, we run the game "The Witcher 3" for about 60 minutes in Full-HD resolution and at maximum quality settings. The gaming character is not moved. A drop in the frame rates is not noticeable. 

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Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B; FPS: Ø40.1 (36-43)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G: Ø33.8 (31-37)
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ: Ø47.1 (43-51)
CPU and GPU measurements during our "The Witcher-3" test
CPU and GPU measurements during our "The Witcher-3" test
CPU and GPU measurements during our "The Witcher-3" test (Performance mode)
CPU and GPU measurements during our "The Witcher-3" test (Performance mode)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 250.1 217.9 205.7 93.2 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 172.7 117.3 69.5 40.3 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 83 62 52 45 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 139 84.3 69.2 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 156 100 80 57 fps
Death Stranding (2020) 100.8 64 59.5 57.6 fps
Flight Simulator 2020 (2020) 50.4 35.9 25.5 17.5 fps
Serious Sam 4 (2020) 99.3 48.4 40.6 27.8 fps
Mafia Definitive Edition (2020) 66.2 47.1 43.3 fps
Star Wars Squadrons (2020) 179.1 122.6 108.7 100 fps
FIFA 21 (2020) 153.2 125.8 120.4 113.1 fps

Emissions - The Lenovo computer warms only moderately

Noise Emissions

In idle operation, the fans remain mostly subdued, running only at low speeds or remaining silent. However, they tend to pulsate. Under load, the fans rev up significantly. We measure a maximum noise level of 51 dB(A) during the stress test and 46 dB(A) during our "The Witcher-3" test. It takes relatively long for the fans to start under load. 

For an overall lower noise development, the Quiet mode has to be activated in the Lenovo Vantage software. However, this comes at the expense of the computing performance.

Noise Level

Idle
24 / 25 / 29 dB(A)
Load
43 / 51 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.435.335.332.633.92534.633.833.63134.33145.746.442.141.943.24030.129.331.427.328.95026.624.224.521.331.56328.728.224.921.441.88022.421.718.718.126.510026.320.317.517.123.312525.621.417.415.726.116019.823.21817.325.120023.524.923.318.435.225025.423.416.814.529.231526.125.313.612.730.640021.327.812.511.332.150017.431.311.911.334.263020.933.311.610.836.48001829.911.410.636.610001731.111.310.738.1125018.434.911.410.842160016.732.212.310.939.6200017.53211.911.139.9250013.831.112.211.839315014.332.912.612.339400014.230.71312.841.5500013.927.313.31338.7630013.826.813.713.537.5800013.621.113.913.334.11000013.518.713.712.832.91250019.121.313.512.230.61600021.923.316.411.924SPL29.64325.124.350.8N1.24.10.70.67.5median 18median 27.3median 13.3median 12.3median 35.2Delta4.54.12.11.74.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
-9%
-12%
-1%
-9%
-15%
off / environment *
24
28.4
-18%
28.7
-20%
28.2
-18%
28.3 (24 - 30.8, n=18)
-18%
29 (24 - 32, n=415)
-21%
Idle Minimum *
24
33
-38%
28.7
-20%
30.1
-25%
29 (24 - 33.6, n=18)
-21%
31.2 (24 - 42, n=838)
-30%
Idle Average *
25
33
-32%
30.5
-22%
30.1
-20%
29.6 (25 - 33.6, n=18)
-18%
32.5 (25 - 46.6, n=838)
-30%
Idle Maximum *
29
33.1
-14%
32.5
-12%
30.1
-4%
31.3 (28.4 - 35, n=18)
-8%
34.7 (25.2 - 57, n=838)
-20%
Load Average *
43
37.7
12%
42.5
1%
34.2
20%
41.1 (30.1 - 53, n=18)
4%
41.3 (28 - 59, n=839)
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46
39.2
15%
50.1
-9%
34.2
26%
Load Maximum *
51
46
10%
53.4
-5%
43.8
14%
46.2 (36.3 - 53, n=18)
9%
48.6 (38.9 - 66.6, n=839)
5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The processor and graphics core run through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running for at least one hour) at 3.3 GHz and 1305 MHz respectively. The stress test represents an extreme scenario that does not occur in everyday operation. We use this test to evaluate whether the system still remains stable under full load. 

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - top
Full load - top
Full load - bottom
Full load - bottom

The laptop does not get overly hot. During the stress test we register temperatures below 50 °C (122 °F). The warming turns out significantly lower while running our "The Witcher-3" test. In everyday operation, the temperatures remain within the green range.

Max. Load
 46 °C
115 F
47 °C
117 F
42 °C
108 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
45 °C
113 F
40 °C
104 F
 
 27 °C
81 F
28 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
44 °C
111 F
44 °C
111 F
43 °C
109 F
39 °C
102 F
40 °C
104 F
34 °C
93 F
26 °C
79 F
28 °C
82 F
29 °C
84 F
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.4 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 39.8 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 42.7 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28 °C / 82.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (+0.8 °C / 1.4 F).
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
HP Pavilion Gaming 17-cd0085cl
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-8%
-2%
-8%
1%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
47
42
11%
47.6
-1%
42.6
9%
46.3 (40.3 - 52.8, n=18)
1%
46.1 (28 - 68.8, n=802)
2%
Maximum Bottom *
44
53.4
-21%
50.8
-15%
49
-11%
50.2 (38 - 58.7, n=18)
-14%
49.9 (25.9 - 78, n=800)
-13%
Idle Upper Side *
35
34.2
2%
33
6%
34
3%
29.1 (23.9 - 35, n=18)
17%
30.7 (21.6 - 46.8, n=754)
12%
Idle Bottom *
30
37.4
-25%
29
3%
39.4
-31%
29.6 (24.6 - 37.4, n=18)
1%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=752)
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers are placed in the frontal area of the case bottom. They produce an acceptable sound that hardly contains any bass. For a better sound experience, you need to use headphones or external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.834.92534.433.33143.941.4403029.95024.724.76325.422.88022.82010018.420.412519.832.116021.841.920023.352.225015.368.131512.868.340011.267.950011.468.763010.670.180010.572100010.369.1125010.768.7160011.268.9200010.865.7250011.164.4315011.867.5400011.862.2500012.159.3630012.457.9800012.656.21000012.156.51250011.657.31600011.545.6SPL24.178.8N0.645.1median 11.8median 64.4Delta1.89.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.8% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 56% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%