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Lenovo’s New 16-Inch Legion Laptops Add AI Chip to Tune Gaming Performance

gigabyte is Boasts that it uses AI in its Aero laptop It’s been doing smart performance improvements for years (via Microsoft’s Azure cloud services). Negligible results according to our testsHowever, Lenovo’s new 16-inch Legion Pro 7(i) and 5(i) gaming laptops are the first to feature a dedicated ‘LA AI’ chip that uses machine learning to ‘optimally tune system performance’. claims to be a product of

Lenovo says the chip and Lenovo’s Vantage software monitor in-game frame rates and “dynamically adjust for best performance.” According to the company, this results in “up to 15% higher TDP” to dissipate heat and hopefully improve performance. Tobii’s Horizon head tracking is also included to enhance immersion and allow the game to react to your movements.

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Of course, we’ll have to test these laptops to see how much difference the AI ​​chip makes, but there are plenty of component options in the lineup. All models feature a 16-inch 16:10 IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1400 and a refresh rate of up to 240 Hz. And when you’re not gaming, Lenovo says the FN-R key combo will drop the refresh rate to 60Hz to save battery.

Brightness is rated at up to 500 nits, but the more esports-focused (and arguably cheaper) Pro 5 model has a lower (but still decent) 165 Hz panel rated at 300 nits. There are options, too. Like previous Legion laptops, the Pro 7i and Pro 5i models feature Intel CPUs (13th gen, i9 up to 13900HX), while the Pro 7 and Pro 5 feature AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs (Ryzen 9 up to 7945HX).

Lenovo’s Legion laptops are usually somewhat understated in terms of flashy design, but you can get fully customizable per-key RGB using Lenovo’s Legion Spectrum software, but only on the 7 and 7i models. Also on the front is a light bar that matches the key’s glow and pattern. Legion Pro 5 and 5i feature optional 4-zone RGB lighting on the keyboard.

The Pro 7 and 7i laptops start at £6.17 and feature a 99.99 Wh battery. Meanwhile, the Pro 5 and 5i start at £5.51 thanks to an 80 Wh battery. However, Lenovo says both lines feature batteries that can charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes, and support up to 140W charging via USB-C if charging is slow (you can use your own USB -C if you bring your charger).

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Graphics support was simply listed as “Nvidia GeForce Next Gen”, but these laptops are listed as 0.86 to 1.05 inches thick, given Lenovo’s focus on cooling. , we expect to see models with high-end graphics.

Added new parts to Legion Tower 7i to improve airflow

Lenovo’s refreshed Tower 7i desktop is the same 34-liter size as its predecessor, but the company has added much-needed improved airflow in the front, as well as increased ventilation at the top. The configuration sold has three fans in the front and one fan in the back.

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Lenovo will offer the Tower 7i with a 13th generation i7-13700K(F) or i9-13900K(F) processor and the now familiar Nvidia GeForce Next Gen graphics. With PSU options listed up to 1200W, it seems likely that GPU options will range up to the RTX 4090. Interestingly, liquid cooling of the CPU is said to be optional. So we hope that whatever air coolers Lenovo has lined up to deal with these CPUs are big and capable.

Desktops ship with both SSD and 3.5-inch storage options. Lenovo says you can get up to 6TB of solid state storage (with three 2TB drives). The DDR5 RAM is listed at a decent 5600 MHz and can go up to 64GB. However, the starting option is listed as one 8GB stick. Due to both the limited capacity of single-channel memory and the frame-killing aspect, that single-stick 8GB model shouldn’t be bought by anyone, and it’s a shame Lenovo sells it. Again, other large desktop makers offer similarly handicapped options. So it’s not just Lenovo.

The larger 34-liter Tower 7 has no AMD-based options, but offers the 26-liter Tower 5 with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 7900 CPU and next-gen Nvidia graphics. We also start with a single stick 8GB configuration for those who want to thwart the performance of their powerful gaming desktop.

As with many things announced here at CES, no pricing or availability has been announced yet.

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