Lenovo Legion 5/5 Pro/7 2021 Discussion

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  1. 1990BW

    1990BW Notebook Enthusiast

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    XMP will most likely only work on Intel based systems.
     
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    adampk17 Notebook Evangelist

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    Will XMP benefit the stock RAM in the 7i or will the benefit only be for aftermarket kits?
     
  3. Atma

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    The bios they are working on is only for the 7i right now since when we started getting it in hand no advanced bios was the main gripe. He has one now he is letting some people in Discord test if they want to.
     
  4. 1990BW

    1990BW Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nope stock memory runs on JEDEC spec.
    XMP is basically an built-in OC profile if your memory is equiped with this.
     
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  5. Atma

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    I don't know for sure but I'm guessing aftermarket ram. I'll find my stock ram I replaced and check the model number.

    Okay, what @1990BW said. :D
     
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    kahuna0k Notebook Consultant

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    In what channel/discord? I'm in the Legion 2021 Community (Unofficial) and missed that and have been unable to find it using Search.
     
  7. Atma

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    Its in this one: https://discord.gg/lenovolegion He has the bios and is letting some people try it. He found out it is password protected though and needs to get that first. It is only for the new 7i right now.
     
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  8. Kalen

    Kalen Notebook Consultant

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    So, I've got both the Legion 5 Pro (5800H, 3070, 32 GB RAM) and the Alienware M15 R5 (QHD, 5800H, 3070, 16 GB RAM, mechanical keyboard)
    My initial thoughts are:

    PROS
    BETTER GAMER LAPTOP
    Alienware M15 R5:
    • noticeably better colour-accuracy
    • higher refresh rate makes it smoother
    • 1440p doesn't seem to have any scaling issues
    • smoother (better response time)
    • FX lighting is better
    • mechanical keyboard is excellent
    • definitively looks better
    • performance and temperatures are great (well, at least no thermal throttling!)
    • better build quality (panels are thicker magnesium vs thin aluminum; also no keyboard flex)
    • thinner and more portable
    • can get a smaller power adapter if I want
    • Windows Hello is amazing and extremely fast (2 seconds to being in)
    • fan control is a plus
    • Timespy: 10643
    • Call of Duty Cold War Average FPS: 110 (after HyperX RAM upgrade, 100 before)
    BETTER Q.O.L. PICK:
    Legion 5 Pro:
    • MUCH bigger screen (1/2" taller doesn't seem like much but it's actually a big difference in terms of immersion)
    • secondary keys are actually lit (why isn't the Alienware's?!)
    • NUMPAD is great to have
    • for a membrane keyboard, it's extremely accurate and nice to type on (also requires much less force)
    • much cheaper warranty if I am to extend it
    • slightly brighter screen
    • overclocking in the BIOS is intuitive and easy
    • MUCH quieter of a system
    • more powerful (EDIT: swap had a massive impact on performance despite this having 32 GB)
    • many more ports
    • much easier to service (MOBO isn't flipped)
    • Timespy: 10917 (10993 after HyperX change)
    • Call of Duty Cold War Average FPS: 110 (145 after HyperX RAM upgrade, huge difference that surprised me)
    I honestly don't know which one I prefer right now. The Legion is obviously getting much higher FPS, but the Alienware feels much smoother; it's just so much smoother. But that power differential is quite substantial. I like having the NUMPAD and I am already used to the keyboard layout but it's fairly easy swapping between the 2. The mechanical keys just are satisfying, but a little loud. I guess the Alienware is loud in general; fans, keyboard, RGB galore, sexy looks.

    The Lenovo is the better choice as a wife, but the Alienware is that sexy girlfriend. Both are great laptops though for sure.
     
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  9. ringoffire

    ringoffire Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes alienware always looks pretty. But then you get to the trash hardware design from cooling in prior generations to many models with panels lacking MUX currently. Alienware always has a fatal, nearly game breaking flaw somewhere where Dell thought they could save 4$ a unit- varies each generation. Lenovo does not have such flaws. My old 17R4 with 1080 the GPU VRMs would overhead and cause constant microstuttering if the laptop was elevated even a few millimeters off a flat surface.
     
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  10. Bullit

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    Hello Kalen, what do you mean by swap and why can't you replicate it in Alienware?
     
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