Lenovo offers several more affordable gaming laptops right now, making this a great time to buy a decent gaming PC without having to remortgage your house. Both machines feature Nvidia’s RTX 3060 GPU paired with high refresh rate 1080p displays for a solid gaming experience. The main difference is on the CPU side – you can choose a Core i5 11400H drop $1,199, or AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, i.e. $1,119 is $80 off.
In case you don’t know these things, both of these are 6-core, 12-thread processors that are more capable at modern gaming, and they’re not bad at more serious number crunching. The Intel Core i5 11400H has a higher Turbo Boost than the Ryzen 5 5600H’s 4.2 Max Boost at 4.5GHz, although the L3 cache is slightly lower at 12MB instead of 16MB.
In fact, there is little difference between the two chips. This is one of those rare cases where it will come down to your own personal preference and nothing else. Benchmarks between the two are within the margin of error, and they are both equally capable of each other. So, Intel or AMD? The size of the machine could be better – do you have room for a 17″ laptop, or do you prefer a 15″ model?
Size aside, the core specs of the two machines are similar, with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 to power your games. It’s a great mobile GPU that can handle the latest games at decent settings, and uses a little DLSS magic to help out when needed.
The only telltale sign of these two machines is the amount of RAM available as standard — 8GB is a bit cramped right now. Upgrading the memory yourself is pretty straightforward, though it’s worth checking out the config tool on the website, as the Intel machine only adds $55 to the price (a bit cheap) to upgrade to 32GB. That same amount of cash gives AMD systems a total of 16GB of space.
The 17-inch AMD Legion 5 has a slightly faster and slightly brighter display than the Intel machine, with a 300nits 144Hz panel instead of a 250nits 120Hz screen. A more dramatic difference is that AMD machines have to use a lower 256GB SSD, while Intel machines have 512GB SSDs. Again, you can upgrade them at the time of purchase, or upgrade them yourself later.
The Legion 5 Gen 6 chassis, available in 15- and 17-inch versions, isn’t bad looking, with a focus on features and airflow compared to some of its peers. To be fair, there are thinner gaming laptops out there, but at least here you know your CPU and GPU won’t be held back by aesthetics. Considering the savings of $280 or $300, you’re getting two good gaming laptops for a reasonable price.