Gamers on the go, take notice — the Lenovo Legion Gen 8 lineup was unveiled today at CES 2023, and no surprise here, they’re among the best gaming machines you’ll find this year. The new lineup of gaming PCs, laptops and monitors has been designed especially for gamers who want to take their performance to the next level.
No surprises when it comes to the regular hardware improvements, but this year, Lenovo has found another way to give their gaming lineup a boost over their 2022 counterparts. The new Lenovo LA AI chip is coming to their Legion 7 and 5 series laptops — the chip will use machine learning algorithms to detect frame rate and adjust system performance dynamically, in the ongoing quest to free gamers from having to tinker with settings menus.
Legion Pro 7i & 7 (Gen 8)
The crown jewels of the mobile Lenovo Legion Gen 8 lineup are the Legion Pro 7i and 7. The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i can be configured with up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900HX CPU, while the Legion Pro 7 has an AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX processor. Both devices have an NVIDIA GeForce RTX mobile GPU. They can be configured with up to 2 TB (1 TB x 1TB) PCIe SSD (Gen 4) storage, 32GB (2 x 16GB) overclocked 6000Mhz DDR5 Memory, and a 99.99Wh battery, which Lenovo claims will charge from 0%-100% in 60 minutes using its Super Rapid Charge technology. Both machines will also have the Lenovo LA AI chip we talked about above.
Of course it’s going to run hot — cooling is provided by Lenovo’s ColdFront 5.0 technology with Hybrid Terminals and a wider Vapor Chamber for the CPU and GPU. If you opt out of the discrete GPU, there will be a dedicated CPU vapor chamber with hybrid heat piping.
The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Legion Pro 7 laptops will come with 16:10 WQXGA 2560×1600 PureSight Gaming Displays, featuring a 240Hz variable refresh rate and 3ms response time. These IPS panels feature 100% RGB gamut, 500 nits of brightness, and TUV Rheinland Certification to protect gamers’ eyes during long gaming sessions.
The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i will be available from March 2023 at a starting price of $1999.99. The Legion Pro 7 will not be available in North America.
Legion Pro 5i & 5 (Gen 8)
The Legion Pro 5i laptop can be configured with up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900HX CPU, while the Legion Pro 5 has an AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX processor. Both devices feature game-ready specs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX mobile GPU and can be configured with up to 2 TB (1 TB x 1TB) PCIe SSD (Gen 4) and up to 32GB (2 x 16GB) of 5600Mhz DDR5 memory. These laptops will also feature Lenovo’s ColdFront 5.0 technology in configurations with the discrete GPU.
The 16-inch Legion Pro 5i and Legion Pro 5 laptops are designed for work and play. The devices can be configured with a 16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display which can hit up to 240 Hz variable refresh rate, or a 16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display which maxes out at 165 Hz. Both displays feature support for NVIDIA G-SYNC and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, 3 ms response time, and Dolby Vision. They are also TUV Rheinland Certified, like those on the 7 series machines.
Both devices have smaller 80Wh batteries that can be charged quickly using Lenovo’s Super Rapid Charge technology.
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i will start at $1479.99, while the Legion Pro 5 will start at $1459.99. Both laptops will be available from April 2023.
Legion Tower 7i (Gen 8) – 34L
The Lenovo Legion Gen 8 lineup also includes desktops! The Lenovo Legion Tower 7i is the beast of the bunch, with all the power you’d expect in a gaming desktop rig. It can be configured with up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900K processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, Intel Z790 chipset motherboard, 64GB of 5600 MHz DDR5 memory, and 6 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 2280 SSD storage.
Lenovo has included a larger VRM heatsink and allows users to configure their device with up to six ARGB fans and liquid cooling. Users get up to 1200W (!) power supply on RTX 4090/4080 configurations and multiple port options in front and behind the device.
The Lenovo Legion Tower 7i will be available from April 2023 at a starting price of $2479.99.
Legion Tower 5i & 5 (Gen 8)
If you’re not quite ready to splurge on the big guy, the Legion Tower 5i and Tower 5 aren’t too bad, either. The Legion Tower 5i has an Intel B660 motherboard and can be configured up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900F, while the Tower 5 has an AMD B650 motherboard and can be configured up to an AMD Ryzen 9 7900 processor.
Users can configure both PCs with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 32 GB of 5600 MHz DDR5 memory, and 2TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 2280 SSD storage. Both PCs have an 850W power supply on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 variant. These towers max out at five ARGB lighting-equipped fans.
The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i will be available from April 2023 at a starting price of $1199.99, while the Tower 5 will be available from May 2023 at a starting price of $1299.99.
Legion Y27qf-30 and Legion Y27f-30
The Lenovo Legion Gen 8 lineup also includes a couple monitors. Lenovo designed the Legion Y27qf-30 monitor with esports athletes in mind. It has a 27-inch 2560×1440 QHD display with up to a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time, support for AMD FreeSync Premium, 125% sRGB, VESA-certified 400 nits of brightness and is Eyesafe Certified 2.0 for blue light protection.
The Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 monitor is the more affordable option. The monitor features a 27-inch 1920×1080 FHD display that can deliver a 240Hz refresh rate. Other monitor features include AMD FreeSync Premium, Adaptive Sync, VESA-certified 400 nits of brightness 113% sRGB, and Eyesafe Certified 2.0 for blue light protection.
The Legion Y27qf-30 Monitor will be available from May 2023 at a starting price of $599. The Legion Y27f-30 Monitor will be available from May 2023 at a starting price of $399.
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