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Lenovo Gaming 3, Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop £699.99 at Costco

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Another Costco deal. This one is £200 more than the Ryzen 5 4-series one, but is much much better deal. This has 12th Gen i5, and 3050Ti, 165Hz Screen, and 2.3kg only. Bargain at £700!

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Daringly designed for burgeoning gamers and professionals, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15", 7) is an excellent gateway machine. The latest 12th Generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX with upgraded storage and connectivity drives your gaming experience to the next level.

Built for The Next Generation of Gaming

12th Generation Intel Core processors give you superior gaming performance while delivering the flexibility to seamlessly multitask.

Innovative new architecture matches the right core to the right workload, so background tasks won’t interrupt your game. Giving you the freedom to chat, browse, stream, edit, record, and play without skipping a beat.

The Ultimate Play

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs deliver the ultimate performance for gamers and creators. They’re powered by Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture—with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors for the most realistic ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge AI features.

Quick, Quiet Cooling

Cool quickly and quietly with IdeaPad Gaming. Enjoy 15% cooling improvements across the board with features like keyboard air intake. Larger ventilation rates improve on last generation performance by 20%, with 10% increased fan airflow for some really cool and quiet gaming.

Sleek and Streamlined, Brand-New Design

Onyx Grey color scheme comes storming onto the scene on a laptop designed to be slim, sleek, and sexy. Streamline your cables out the backside with a rear I/O dashboard; keep things clean.

The signature Lenovo gaming keyboard comes with all the media control and number pad goodies, with white backlighting. Throw in a webcam privacy shutter for extra safety and security.





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  1. thelagmonster's avatar
    'Much much better'

    A 1660ti is more powerful than a 3050ti, and comes with 50% more VRAM.

    Agree the CPU is better, but overall don't think this is worth the 40% higher cost.

    Edit: Also this is a Lenovo Gaming chassis rather than Legion, so lower quality overall. (edited)
    Deaa's avatar
    Benchmarks I've seen put the 3050ti ahead.
    Agree with the build quality comment though and also don't think this is worth and extra 40%.
  2. FieldMarshal's avatar
    I know some people here will slate me for complaining about the screen size…..But why and why do manufacturers think people want larger screen laptops??? 15.6 inch screen is TOO BIG!!! Laptops are supposed to be portable. How are you supposed to carry this around trains and airports??? Maximum screen size should be 14! Nothing more than 14 inches!!!
    118luke's avatar
    Because some people do? I ask the opposite question, why would anyone want a smaller screen than 15.4"?
    I almost exclusively buy 17" laptops nowadays. They can still easily fit inside a rucksack and the weight is acceptable. I tried using a 13" laptop and it was just horrid to use.
    If you need something smaller, just use a surface pro! (edited)
  3. LukeXtreme's avatar
    The 3050Ti is a really bad GPU so for 700GBP this is NOT good deal at all. The word gaming is misplaced, this is near-gaming laptop at best. Avoid.
    OhTyler's avatar
    I wouldn't go near this personally, but a 3050Ti will be able to play pretty much any game on Medium/High settings. Not everybody needs to play games at above 60fps, especially if you're coming from last gen consoles.
  4. loverboy21's avatar
    This should be a RTX 3060 at this price point and the same price as the GTX 1660ti post.
  5. memyselfmash's avatar
    The rector Is 2v less and the chassis is comparable to the lower end of i5. All in all, I have seen better specs on Dennis Taylor and that was in the 80s
  6. scottydd's avatar
    I would take the 3050ti over the 1660ti because of DLSS at the same price point. But £700 is in 3060 territory. (edited)
    twodoctors's avatar
    With 12th Gen i5?
  7. maltloaf_df's avatar
    Not a better deal than the 1660ti machine in my opinion. 1660ti and 3050ti are actually really similar in real world performance but the price difference is where this one loses out.
    twodoctors's avatar
    The £200 extra is for an up to date CPU. Personally if I'm buying I would pick this over the 4 series Ryzen 5. Remember it the CPU GPU combo that determines the speed. The old Ryzen will be the bottleneck there.
  8. londonstinks's avatar
    Bear in mind the 3050TI has i think 4gb vram and 1660Ti 6gb, which makes a huge difference.
  9. Hopps's avatar
    So I missed out on the Lenovo Legion 5 deal as it went out of stock in minutes at 2am. Looking back at this deal, and seeing that the Legion 5 is now selling for more than this on eBay, is this a particularly good deal? I see it comes with 16gb of RAM where the Legion 5 only had 8. I had intended to buy another 8gb anyway so it would have cost a bit more than £500 in total.

    Some of the comments on here seem to be really criticising this laptop. Is it actually a better laptop than the Legion 5 or just a not-as-good-as deal from a value point of view?
    twodoctors's avatar
    Better cpu, definitely. Gfx is on par with the other one. So you are paying more for the CPU, RAM, and 700g in weight reduction (the other one is 3kg). There's another deal, HP laptop, which has 3050 but a slower CPU than this (Ryzen 5 5600H from memory). That would be better for games, but not as good for non-game cpu-intensive task.

    It really boils down to what you need the laptop for. (edited)
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