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The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05 fully exploits its CPU and GPU

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05 in review: Core i5 at full throttle
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05 in review: Core i5 at full throttle
Lenovo's mid-range gaming laptop brings all modern computer games smoothly onto the matte 120 Hz display (Full HD, IPS). At a price of about 800 Euros (~$903), it doesn't make that big of a dent in your wallet and can boast a good price-performance ratio. Good: The laptop has room for two NVMe SSDs.
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Lenovo's new IdeaPad Gaming 3i series is aimed at customers who are looking for the most affordable gaming laptop possible. The company has opted for mid-range hardware from Intel and Nvidia for this. The test device provided to us is powered by a Core i5-10300H processor and a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics core. The laptop does what it's intended to do: It brings all games found in our database smoothly onto the screen. Full HD resolution and medium to high quality settings can always be selected here. 

The IdeaPad Gaming 3i series supersedes the IdeaPad L340-15IRH series. Fortunately, Lenovo hasn't carried over a shortcoming of many L340 models into the new devices: The RAM of several L340 models can only run in single-channel mode because there is only one memory bank. Consequently, the hardware can't fully develop its performance. In the case of a gaming laptop, this is reflected in the frame rates, among other things, which are significantly lower than they should be. The laptops of the IdeaPad Gaming 3i series have two memory banks; therefore, nothing stands in the way of using dual-channel mode.

The test device provided to us has a 512 GB NVMe SSD on board. Should the storage space run out, the existing SSD could be exchanged for a larger-capacity model or a second NVMe SSD could be installed in the laptop. The second M.2 slot can be equipped with NVMe models in the 2230 and 2280 formats.

The 120 Hz Full HD IPS display offers stable viewing angles, a matte surface, acceptable response times, and decent color reproduction. While the maximum brightness can still be described as sufficient, the contrast and color-space coverage are too low. Even an entry-level laptop should also deliver more here.

Much more information and measurements can be found in our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 778 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-07-13 (Update: 2020-07-13)