Welcome to day 4 of our desperate tries to make the IdeaPad Gaming 3i a good gaming device. It may sound like poetry, but the situation within this laptop was the epitome of a bottleneck. So far, we’ve figured that the Core i7-11370H will bring minor improvements, with the bigger gains coming from using dual-channel memory of 1Rx8 type. You have to know that the issues we’ve uncovered thus far are not isolated to this laptop only. Instead, we are offering general solutions on how to improve your gaming experience. Of course, the results may vary.
Now, we’re going to take that knowledge and add a pinch of good ol’ OC to the mix. Since Lenovo has its own software – called the Vantage, we’re going to do that natively. No complicated undervolting will take place.
Here, you can see that we’re using the Performance preset. In fact, we’ve used this preset for all the tests so far, but this time, we’re going to unlock the overclock setting.
When you choose “Advanced” from the menu, you will be able to choose how high do you want your GPU and graphics memory boosted. Again, for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to use the maximum allowed, which is +150MHz on the core and +300MHz on the VRAM.
In this table, you can see that the 90W version of the RTX 3050 paired with a Core i5-11300H shows an improvement of 4-5%. And if this GPU is combined with the Core i7-11370H, overclocking will result in 4-7% higher scores in benchmarks.
It may not sound like a lot, but in real-world scenarios, you can enjoy a couple more fps, depending on the game you’re playing. Ultimately, it is unlikely that you’re going to notice it unless you are an enthusiast.
But if you’re an enthusiast, you will probably want to download something like MSI’s Afterburner app, which lets you adjust the volt-frequency curve. This is crucial, as the biggest limiting factor in laptops is the cooling system. So by lowering the voltage of the core, you are getting less heat generated by it, thus, improving the thermal efficiency of the system, and allowing a bigger headroom for a clock speed increase. On the other hand, the chances are pretty high that you will hit a limit, and the system will crash.
In our opinion, using the integrated software doesn’t really do enough good to be worth the time. For the couple of fps you get, there is more noise coming from the fans. And if you want to enjoy the best out of your system, we suggest investing in dual-channel memory of 1Rx8 type, even if it means having a slower CPU on board. Just keep in mind that if your laptop comes with SODIMM slot(s), you will be able to upgrade your memory down the line, while the CPU you get will probably stay forever.