Inside Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15″, 2022) – disassembly and upgrade options
Lenovo has created an interesting machine, which will undoubtedly be one of the best sellers in the gaming world. Let’s see what they offer in terms of upgradeability.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15
- Intel Core i5-12450H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
Getting inside of this laptop is a bit unorthodox. First, you need to undo two Phillips-head screws located on the back and pull the plastic shroud. After that, undo all 12 Phillips-head screws from the bottom panel, and pry it with a plastic tool. Start from the back and work your way to the front of the laptop.
Now that we’re inside, we see a 45Wh battery pack. It lasts for about 3 hours and 30 minutes of either Web browsing or video playback, which is not a great result. If you want to take it out, unplug the battery connector from the motherboard, and undo all 4 Phillips-head screws that keep it in place.
3. Memory and storage
Remove the metal shroud to access the two SODIMM slots. They work with DDR4 modules and we are pretty confident that you can fit up to 64GB in total. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. The 42mm one supports Gen 4 drives, while the 80mm one is limited to Gen 3 SSDs.
4. Cooling system
The cooling setup comprises two heat pipes that are shared between the CPU and GPU, a third one meant for the processor, a total of four heat sinks, and two fans. Furthermore, there are heat spreaders placed on top of the VRMs and the graphics memory.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15", 2022) in-depth review
Lenovo is the number one laptop brand when it comes to market share. The main contributor to the stats is definitely not the Carbon series, nor is it the Legion 7 notebooks. Instead, it is the budget-friendly offerings. One such device is the Ideapad Gaming 3, which aims to bring everything essential for entry-level gaming. However, the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA have completely turned the gaming world on its head, as even the most affordable RTX 3000 options will let you play pretty much any AAA title even at High settings. Virtually, this means that the IdeaPad Gaming 3 should be [...]
- Great price/performance ratio
- Great keyboard with an optional RGB backlight
- 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 slots (one supports Gen 4 drives)
- Decent cooling
- No PWM (LEN156FHD (LEN9059))
- Lacks an SD card reader
- Only 50% sRGB coverage (LEN156FHD (LEN9059))
- Flimsy hinges, resulting in a bouncy lid
- Terrible battery life