Hey guys! Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro and its performance in 15 game titles, including both eSports and the latest AAA titles. If you guys have yet to catch our full review on this very laptop, you can check it out in a previous post, but here’s a quick summary of what we get with this gaming laptop.
For a start, if you’re used to the previous generation of the Legion laptops, this will feel very familiar to you. In fact, design is downright the same with the exception of that Y logo on the lid, now being replaced with a simple Legion font. Build quality is as great as before, with most of the chassis being made with aluminum and it feels just as sturdy, just as premium.
For the display, you’ll still get the option for QHD. So you’re getting a 16-inch panel, IPS, has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, a 165Hz refresh rate with OverDrive, 500 nits max brightness, covers 100% sRGB along with HDR400, Dolby Vision and G-Sync support. In short, a really beautiful display that’s just great for just about anything, but especially gaming.
And then we come to the specifications. An Intel Core i7-12700H, a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with maximum 150 watt TGP (125W+25W), 32GB of DDR5 RAM running at 4800MHz and 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. So with all that said, let’s dive into the gaming benchmarks.
To set the record, we only test on the Performance profile, with the dedicated GPU mode turned on, alongside the GPU Overclock toggle at its default settings. All of these are available via the Lenovo Vantage software. This ensures that you’re getting the best possible performance from all that hardware. To add on, we will be testing at both 1080p and 1440p, and not the native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. So definitely do take note that the performance at native resolution will just be a tad lower compared to our 1440p results.
Without further ado, we start off with the first game. A classic favorite. CS:GO. With basically every setting maxed out including anti-aliasing, you can expect average frame rates nearing 400 at 1080p. Everything is butter smooth and just enjoyable to play. Bringing the resolution up to 1440p, and the frame rate does drop a little. But even so, it’s still well above 300 which will certainly make full use of the 165Hz display. Do note that for CS:GO, in order to achieve the high frame rates, you will have to enable console commands. Overall, really smooth.
Next we have Valorant. Really popular nowadays and surprisingly really easy to run. At 1080p, you can expect frame rates near 400 yet again, just like in CS:GO. And the same holds through for 1440p as well, achieving frame rates above 300 easily.
We then have Apex Legends, which is quite the more demanding title within the eSports category. For this game, we have everything pretty much maxed out except anti-aliasing and we have NVIDIA Reflex turned on, but without boost. At 1080p, the frame rate gets a little over 200 on average and if you push the resolution up to 1440p, it’ll be just shy of the native refresh rate of the display. Overall, still a fantastic experience for sure.
But now we get into more demanding titles, and we start off with the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Even though this game is now years old, it still packs a punch. At 1080p Ultra settings, you’ll get an average frame rate of about 148, while upping the resolution will result in an average frame rate of about 103. Despite the age of the game, it still looks beautiful and certainly still requires quite the horsepower to run. It’s a great game.
Now we turn to a game that finally made it to PC. God of War. At 1080p Ultra setting with DLSS set to Balanced, the Legion 5i Pro achieved roughly 92 frames per second. At 1440p, same settings with DLSS set to Balanced as well, frame rates averaged around 75 or so.
As for Elden Ring, this game basically has a capped frame rate of a maximum of 60. So in essence, no matter the resolution, you can expect basically a locked 60 frames per second experience throughout, which can either be a good or bad thing. Our only suggestion is to keep V-Sync off and use G-Sync instead.
Now for a game that’s equally dark but you've got guns, we have Resident Evil 3. At 1080p, frame rates can hit an average of 228 and at 1440p, it’s still a very respectable 152. Of course, the frame rates will vary depending on the scene on the light source, but definitely really enjoyable no matter when and where.
For those of you who like your MMO, we did test Black Desert Remastered as well, which is arguably one of the more difficult titles to power in the category. At 1080p, Remastered of course, we were getting roughly 125 in average frame rate while at 1440p, that drops to 92. Safe to say, Black Desert is as difficult to run as ever.
We also tested War Thunder, which might serve to be interesting especially with their latest 4K texture update. With the Ultra HD textures, and basically maximum settings, you’ll get frame rates averaging around 245 on the ground at 1080p and about 168 frames per second at 1440p.
Next up we have Halo Infinite, and we tested mainly in Multiplayer mode only. At 1080p Ultra, you can expect a frame rate just shy of 130 and at 1440p Ultra, the average frame rate drops to roughly 93.
Tracing back a few hundred years, we get back to a slightly more current battlefield with Battlefield 2042. To be very honest, testing this game is really weird per se especially with all the performance and bug issues that have yet to be fixed, so take our results with a grain of salt. But in essence, you’ll be getting about 124 frames per second at 1080p Ultra and about 97 at 1440p Ultra. Both of which has DLSS on the Balanced setting. The weird thing is when you compare Ray-Tracing performance, in which while performance does indeed drop, the difference between resolution is almost non-existent. 75 frames per second at 1080p and 72 frames per second at 1440p.
Next we have Shadow of the Tomb Raider, a kind of classic benchmark by now especially for ray-tracing. For the standard 1080p at ultra slash highest settings with DLSS on Balanced, you’ll get roughly 152 frames on average and at 1440p, it’ll be roughly 123 frames. Turn on Ray-Tracing with DLSS set to Balanced and you’ll get 124 frames and 98 frames respectively.
As for the notorious Cyberpunk 2077, you will get roughly 130 frames on 1080P Ultra while that drops to 77 on 1440p Ultra. Turn on Ray-Tracing and performance will drop to 72 and 47 respectively, with DLSS on Balanced no less. No surprises here, despite the flag that Cyberpunk 2077 has received since its launch, it’s a fact that it’s a really demanding game to run. Thankfully, there is G-Sync support. So even if the frame rate drops below 60, it still feels relatively smooth.
We then have a really recent title, Ghostwire: Tokyo and honestly this game is really interesting with a first-person gameplay set in the urban city of Tokyo. For this game, we also did a little small test to show how good DLSS is. At 1080p without DLSS, you’ll get roughly 121 frames per second and that drops to 79 at 1440p. With DLSS turned on and set to Balanced, performance rises to 160 on 1080p and 128 on 1440p. Solid improvements without sacrificing image quality. As for Ray-Tracing, you can expect 62 and 33 frames per second respectively without DLSS and 102 and 70 respectively with DLSS. Needless to say, DLSS is a no brainer.
Lastly, we have Bright Memory Infinite which is a pretty unique game in its own right. At 1080p max settings, 184 would be the average frame rate while at 1440p, it’s about 147. Turn on Ray-Tracing with DLSS on Balanced and this system can push out 130 frames and 90 frames respectively.
So, those are the 15 games in total that we’ve tested, with 5 of them supporting Ray-Tracing. We believe we’ve managed to cover quite a fair amount and give you guys a perspective on the performance that the Legion 5i Pro will be able to dish out. At least, with this particular configuration that we have. That Intel Core i7-12700H is really a great CPU and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti certainly packs quite the punch with the 125 watts + 25 watts for a total TGP of 150 watts. It’s definitely no slouch and ahead of most of the competition. Now despite turning on the OverClock using Lenovo Vantage, we would say that for the most part, it’s not really necessary. This gaming laptop is already really great without it, and thermals for the most part are already well in-check. Our only suggestion, definitely turn on the dedicated GPU mode if you’re going to game for a little while. Performance between Hybrid and Dedicated definitely have more impact.
Hopefully this has been an interesting showcase of game performance with the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro and we hope we can do more in the future. Especially to not only showcase performance itself, but establish a database for more and more comparisons. Again, if you’ve yet to check out the full review of the Legion 5i Pro, please feel free to watch it and if you’re interested in checking out the laptop itself, feel free to click on the links down below.
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