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Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6H Laptop: Ryzen 7 5800H, 15.6" 1080p, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD EXPIRED

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Micro Center has Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6H Laptop (82JU0082US) for $1199.99. Select free store pickup where stock permits, otherwise shipping starts at ~$20.

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 16-Thread 3.2GHz Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS 300nits 165Hz Display
  • 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
  • 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Graphics
    • 4x USB 3.2 (Gen 1 Type-A)
    • 2x USB 3.2 (Gen 2 Type-C)
    • 1x HDMI 2.1
  • 4-Zone RGB LED Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell 60 Wh Battery
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty (Parts & Labor)

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I have this laptop, recently bought a little less than a month ago, and had it price adjusted. Ran 3dmark's Fire Strike Extreme for a little bit, it indeed goes to 130w. Running nvidia driver 471.96, global settings at max performance, igpu disabled. See screenie below.
https://i.imgur.com/ZVwEG5v.jpg

A single run of 3dmark's Time Spy - 8319.
Desktop 3700X + RX 5700 XT supposedly gets 9216, according to their info.

Some other things to note..It's pretty hefty, around 8lbs together combined with the huge power brick. Gaming benefits however, it has a mux switch, which allows for more performance on the discrete gpu because it bypasses the igpu. Pretty sure the Thinkbook also has one, but can't confirm because I don't own one. I think the ram on Microcenter's Legion 5 (2021) isn't soldered also, which is nice because laptops/prebuilts lately come with the slowest ram possible cause cheaper production. This Microcenter particular config has: 16GB of DDR 3200 1Rx16 CL22, lower density. Being able to swap out to 1Rx8 or 2Rx8 (both sides have chips) with better timings ekes out a bit more performance. Just be careful since most laptops, including this one, does not have a BIOS that supports enabling of XMP, so besides finding ram that is 1Rx8 or 2Rx8, running at 3200MHz has to be default through plug and play.

Other than that, it does allow for 1 more m.2 nvme upgrade (no SATA bracket like in some other Legion configurations) in addition to a larger battery. Pretty noisy on performance mode, acceptable on Auto mode, but it won't thermal throttle since the cooling is pretty good.

Edit: just cracked open the laptop to double check whether ram was soldered or not, has 2 populated sodimm slots, it's not. https://i.imgur.com/rIhVZSB.jpg
I got it to work. In case anyone is wondering, setting it to Performance or what not in Windows power setting doesn't help. Neither does any adjustments in the bios. I had to go into the Legion software to set it into performance. It defaults to balanced. I guess the Legion software overrides everything else. It's now running at the full stated power.

Likewise, if anyone wnats to offset the cost of this laptop with for the last few months that Eth mining is still viable, it gets 40 Mhash out of the box. Overclocking it didn't yield much of an improvement. Even in Performance mode, and memory @ +650 it barely went up 2 Mhash. That improvement isn't worth the extra 35 watts of power used.

In any event, I'm happy. Problem solved and I hope it helps someone else.
Judging from your concerns it seems that you have been out of the laptop market for a while. For gaming laptops a card reader is rare. Some include them but most don't. An optical drive is even more rare. I haven't seen an optical drive on any laptop for a while. Most people would use an external drive if needed. The old school battery replacement where you just detach it from the bottom is gone. I would assume because of consumer preference for thin and light laptops. I have the 2020 version of the Legion 5 and the battery is replaceable. You just need to remove the back cover and detach a cable and some screws. The good thing about the Legion 5 is that you can remove the battery and replace it with a higher capacity battery if you don't plan to add an SSD. You can still use the second M.2 slot for an additional NVME drive. If you want a laptop check out the YouTube channel Jarrod's Tech. He specializes in laptop reviews. If you don't need a laptop immediately, I would wait for the Black Friday deals to start dropping which should start in 5-6 weeks. Maybe even sooner.

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15.6" screen. Please put in title
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1080p IPS. Not the cheapest but also in stock for those who don't want to wait 3+ months.
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Pretty slick. Thought I had a deal when I bought one similar for $1299

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800H (8C / 16T, 3.2 / 4.4GHz, 4MB L2 / 16MB L3)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Boost Clock 1425 / 1702MHz, TGP 130W
Chipset AMD SoC Platform
Memory 2x 8GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200
Memory Slots Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, dual-channel capable
Max Memory Up to 32GB DDR4-3200 offering
Storage 1TB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe
Storage Support "Up to two drives, 2x M.2 SSD
• M.2 2242 SSD up to 512GB
• M.2 2280 SSD up to 1TB"
Card Reader None
Optical None
Audio Chip High Definition (HD) Audio, Realtek ALC3306 codec
Speakers Stereo speakers, 2W x2, Nahimic Audio
Camera 720p with E-camera Shutter
Microphone 2x, Array
Battery Integrated 60Wh
Max Battery Life MobileMark 2018: 7 hr (60Wh)
Power Adapter 300W Slim Tip (3-pin)
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Display 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 300nits Anti-glare, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision, Free-Sync, G-Sync, DC dimmer
Touchscreen None
Keyboard 4-Zone RGB LED Backlit, English (US)
Case Color Phantom Blue (Top), Shadow Black (Bottom)
Surface Treatment Painting
Case Material PC + ABS (Top), PC + ABS (Bottom)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 362.56 x 260.61 x 22.5-25.75 mm (14.27 x 10.26 x 0.89-1.01 inches)
Weight 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs)
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How's the cooling on this machine?

How noisy is it under (a) normal and (b) CPU-intensive use?
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I bought the 17in two weeks ago. Difference between the two is battery size and screen size. 80w in the 17, 60w in the 15.6.

Noise, it's noisy. It's not too loud though. There's some YouTube videos on it. It's like 53 decibels.

Idk where someone got the specs listed above, but it's single color keyboard backlit. 144hz screen.

It's a solid machine. I love it. I don't play on battery, plugged in constantly. The Lenovo has built in battery saver to stop the charge between 55-60.

Any questions I'd answer
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I bought the 17in two weeks ago. Difference between the two is battery size and screen size. 80w in the 17, 60w in the 15.6.

Noise, it's noisy. It's not too loud though. There's some YouTube videos on it. It's like 53 decibels.

Idk where someone got the specs listed above, but it's single color keyboard backlit. 144hz screen.

It's a solid machine. I love it. I don't play on battery, plugged in constantly. The Lenovo has built in battery saver to stop the charge between 55-60.

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What was your price? Same SSD specs?
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Front page Thinkbook looks like better total package for a little cheaper.
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Front page Thinkbook looks like better total package for a little cheaper.
link? and may I ask why you say this? In the market for a laptop and just trying to figure out all these things
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Front page Thinkbook looks like better total package for a little cheaper.
Just keep in mind that one of the RAM sticks is soldered on and the GPU seems to be power-limited on that Thinkbook.
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What was your price? Same SSD specs?
I paid 1,299 for the 17. The 15 has all same specs just smaller screen battery. Same 1TB storage. Just didn't look into speed/brand
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1080p IPS. Not the cheapest but also in stock for those who don't want to wait 3+ months.
Not the cheapest for this model or similar config?

Except for the coupon error on Lenovo.com, this seems like the lowest price for 3060 Legion 5. The only cheaper option with 100W+ 3060 was the Dell G15 deal but this has better build quality, keyboard and screen.
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Bought one of these from B&H for a work project about 3 months ago. Really nice system, but haven't had good luck with reliability. Totally anecdotal, but here's what happened:

Had a motherboard failure about a month ago - just wouldn't POST out of the blue. Lenovo replaced the mobo and sent it back (about 10 days). Was working okay after repair, until we updated the BIOS which, surprisingly, took out the motherboard *again*. It's back at Lenovo for another depot repair.

Again, anecdotal. Most of the higher end Lenovo's we buy have been solid, and not seeing others mentioning multiple failures with this model, so we just may have a cursed one. But definitely has me thinking twice about getting one for personal use.
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Front page Thinkbook looks like better total package for a little cheaper.
No, the thinkbook is a laptop intended for different use case. Remember this is 135w RTX 3060 and can cool it while performing at best, thinkbook won't even cool the 70ish watt GPU properly. Thinkbook is an office machine, not a gaming laptop.
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