Lenovo Legion 5 with Ryzen 5 5600H and Radeon RX 6600M priced €1,299, but a Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 combo at €1,249 offers better bang for the buck
With the recent launch of AMD Radeon RX 6000 series mobile GPUs, several OEMs have now started introducing gaming laptops featuring the new hardware. One such new offering is an updated Lenovo Legion 5. According to ComputerBase, two variants of the Legion 5 are being planned for the German market.
The base model of the Legion 5 will set you back by €1,299. This gets you a Ryzen 5 5600H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB, and Radeon RX 6600M (8 GB VRAM, 2,177 MHz game clock) configuration. Lenovo has not specified a power target for the new Radeon mobile GPU. While other GPU variants aren't in the offing, the CPU, on the other hand, can be configured up to a Ryzen 7 5800H pushing the price to €1,399.
The interesting aspect here is that the same Legion 5 featuring the Ryzen 7 5800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU is available for €1,249 RRP on the Lenovo website, which is not only significantly cheaper than the Ryzen 7 5800H + RX 6600M combination but also less compared to the base Ryzen 5 5600H + RX 6600M variant. We do not have actual performance differences between the RTX 3060 Laptop GPU and the RX 6600M at the moment, but preliminary comparisons between the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU and RX 6800M suggest AMD may have some catching-up to do.
The Lenovo Legion 5 offers a total of four display variants to choose from, but the exact panel specifications for Germany are not known at this point. That being said, the Legion 5 with Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 offers a 15.6-inch 300-nit FHD panel with 165 Hz with FreeSync. Port selection includes 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1x HDMI 2.1-out, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, and a combo audio jack. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 help in wireless connectivity. Apparently, Lenovo claims a 9-hour battery life for the Legion 5.
The exact reasons why Radeon versions are priced higher than their GeForce equivalents is not fully clear. It is also not known if this pricing disparity affects other markets as well. Whether other OEMs would also debut costlier Radeon designs compared to their GeForce counterparts is something we will have to wait and observe. For now, it looks like buyers would be getting a better bang for their buck by opting for the Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 combination while considering the Lenovo Legion 5.