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Lenovo Legion 7 – Crazy Ryzen Gaming Performance!

The new Lenovo Legion 7 offers some crazy gaming performance, I’ve tested it in 13 games at 2 different resolutions and compared it against other laptops to show you what the differences are.

These are the specs of my Legion 7, I’ve got one of the higher specced options with Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 16 gig RTX 3080 graphics, and a 16” 165Hz screen with G-Sync, but you can find other configurations like RTX
3060 as well as updated prices with the links down in the description.

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Lenovo Legion 7 - Crazy Ryzen Gaming Performance!
Lenovo Legion 7 – Crazy Ryzen Gaming Performance!

The Lenovo website lists the following power limits for the different GPU options, so based on this they would appear to be full power variants. In a GPU only stress test I found my 3080 would run at around 160 watts, so 165 with dynamic boost is probably possible. With the processor also loaded up in a CPU stress test, the GPU was still running at 150 watts, so basically a full powered laptop 3080, and based on that I would assume that the 3070 and 3060 models are also full power without any problems. The Legion 7 has a MUX switch, so you can disable optimus after a reboot by turning off hybrid mode through the Vantage software, and this will boost gaming performance. G-Sync is only available with optimus disabled, but with optimus enabled you still have the option of using freesync as well, so you’ve got both.

Lenovo’s Vantage software lets you modify
performance modes, I’ve done all testing

in the highest performance mode for best results.

Unfortunately there’s no fan speed control
and despite this having an HX processor, there’s

no option in the Lenovo software to modify
the CPU power limits.

Let’s start out by checking out gaming performance
in 13 games at 2 different resolutions.

I’ll compare it with other laptops afterwards,
and then look at the screen response time,

or if you get bored at any point just use
those timestamps below to time travel to a

relevant section.

This is just a gaming performance video, I
still need more time with the Legion 7 to

test out absolutely everything like battery
life and thermals, so make sure you’re subscribed

for the upcoming full review of the Legion
7, as well as the Legion 5 Pro which should

be here soon.

Cyberpunk 2077 was tested in little China
with the street kid life path.

I’ve got the 2560 by 1600 native resolution
shown by the red bars, and the lower 1920

by 1200 resolution is in the purple bars.

Even max settings at the lower resolution
were still above 60 FPS, while the native

and higher resolution was only just a little
under 60 at high settings.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with the
games benchmark.

Even max settings with the higher resolution
was right on 60 FPS in this test, an excellent

result given last gen hardware often struggled
to achieve this at standard 1080p.

Call of Duty Warzone was tested with either
all settings at minimum or maximum, as it

doesn’t have predefined setting presets.

100 FPS was possible even at max settings
with the native resolution, though we could

boost this by 35% by using the lower resolution,
which offered bigger gains compared to just

lowering settings.

For Control let’s start without ray tracing
or DLSS, so just stock default gameplay.

Max settings at native resolution was still
above 60 FPS, near that for the 1% low actually,

so playing quite well, though we could boost
1% lows above average FPS at high and medium

settings just by lowering resolution if you’re
after higher FPS.

Here’s how much performance drops back with
ray tracing enabled but without DLSS, so still

60 FPS max settings at above regular 1080p
in the purple bars, not too bad, but DLSS

is able to offer nice improvements.

Now at max settings with the native resolution
it’s actually performing better with ray

tracing and DLSS compared to without both.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was tested with
the game’s benchmark.

Max settings at the higher resolution was
still around 60 FPS here, but we could boost

average FPS by 22% with the lower resolution,
or of course instead use lower setting presets

to get those gains.

Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested in the
Sydney landing challenge.

There’s not much of a difference at all
here between the two resolutions, so might

as well stick to native res.

Best case low settings with the lower resolution
was just able to hit 60 FPS, but you don’t

need high frame rates for this one.

Watch Dogs Legion was tested with the games
benchmark, there wasn’t much difference

between the two resolutions at lower setting
levels here either, but the gap widens at

higher presets.

At ultra settings the 1% low from the lower
resolution is above the average FPS of the

native res, but that said the higher res is
still above 60 FPS, a great result.

Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode,
again smaller differences at lower setting

levels and more of a difference at higher
settings.

The 1% low difference was much more minor
compared to average FPS changes, but regardless

above 100 FPS at max is great for this test,
as you’ll see soon when we look at some

comparisons with other laptops.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the games benchmark tool.

No difference at all with lowest settings,
then like most other titles tested the gap

widens between the two resolutions at higher
setting presets, this is another game I’ll

use to compare other laptops soon.

Fortnite was tested with the replay feature.

This is more of an esports test, so higher
frame rates are expected, especially with

the ability of disabling optimus, as optimus
typically becomes a bigger bottleneck at high

frame rates.

Anyway still high frame rates at max settings
with some pretty crazy results at lower levels,

1% lows at medium with either resolution are
above the screen’s 165Hz refresh rate.

CS:GO is another esports title, and this one
in particular is one I’ve found to see big

gains with optimus disabled due to the high
frame rates that the test can hit.

Either way again crazy frame rates are possible
here too.

Rainbow Six Siege also hits high frame rates
without issue, even at the higher native resolution,

where max settings was reaching 1% lows above
the screen’s refresh rate, so a perfectly

smooth experience here too.

The Witcher 3 is an older game that I still
test so that you can compare with my older

videos.

Absolutely zero issues running max settings
even with full resolution, though there were

quite big gains to be had at lower the resolution
if you want higher 1% lows.

Now let’s find out how well this configuration
of the Lenovo Legion 7 compares against other

laptops.

I’ve had to specially run these tests at
1080p, as that’s the resolution I’ve got

data for for the purposes of comparing.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode
at ultra settings, and the Legion 7 is highlighted

in red.

The results are very impressive, this is the
second highest score I’ve ever seen from

any gaming laptop in this game, at least in
terms of average FPS, though the 1% low is

still definitely up there too.

Keep in mind this is basically the top end
spec of the Legion 7, but still the results

are promising compared to other 3080 laptops
I’ve tested so I’d expect the lead to

also translate down to the 3070 or 3060 models
too when compared to others with those GPUs.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the games benchmark tool with the highest

setting preset, and the Legion 7 moves down
just one position here and is only a few frames

behind a larger 17” laptop with the same
CPU and GPU.

Regardless, it is still one of the best results
I’ve ever recorded from any gaming laptop

thanks to the combination of high end specs,
high power limits and the ability to disable

optimus.

Far Cry 5 was also tested with the games benchmark
tool at max settings.

The Legion 7 moves down a bit further here,
this test generally depends more on the processor,

however at the same time it looks like it
might also favour Intel systems given those

take up the top 5 spots.

In any case the Legion 7 is only just slightly
behind the same specced but larger Prometheus

17.

Setting the laptop to 1080p in Windows adds
black bars above and below, but with pretty

much all games running at 1080p it just stretches
the game out a bit to fill the whole screen,

it depends on the game and if it supports
setting aspect ratio.

When stretched out I could notice it but it
depends on the game.

You could also run regular 1440p with black
bars too.

As for how 1920 by 1200 looks, honestly, I
think it’s still pretty good, if I go out

of my way yeah it looks a little blurrier
compared to 2560 by 1600, but when I’m in

the game and playing it’s not something
I’m actively noticing, but this could depend

on the person viewing.

Honestly as we’ve seen, with the specs in
my Legion 7 it can run modern games with high

settings at the full native resolution anyway,
so with the 3080 you might as well just enjoy

that, but it will be a different story with
say the RTX 3060 – hopefully I can get that

one to test out too.

Alright now let’s check out the screen response
time.

The vantage software lets you enable or disable
panel overdrive which affects screen response

time, mine was off by default.

If we turn on overdrive, the average grey-to-grey
response time for the panel was around 4.4ms.

There’s a link down in the description if
you need an explanation on what all of these

numbers mean.

With overdrive instead disabled, we’re looking
at a 7.66ms response time now, however there

was now no overshoot or undershoot which was
present with it on.

It’s one of the better results when comparing
it against others, not the best, but well

below the 6ms needed for all transitions to
occur within the refresh window so nothing

to complain about.

There’s a LOT more I need to show you about
the Lenovo Legion 7, I just need more time

to finish testing it out, so make sure you’re
subscribed for the upcoming full review video

as well as for the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro as
well, which is on its way!

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