Lenovo Legion 9i Gen 8 (16, Intel) review – hands down, so much power inside a thin chassis

The Lenovo Legion 9i Gen 8 (16″, Intel) is the flagship device of the manufacturer. It’s not just a gaming laptop, it can impress gamers with its powerful hardware and fast display with G-SYNC and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus support. The enthusiast can tweak the custom power mode in the Lenovo Vantage app where you can play with the CPU and GPU power tables. The color-accurate 3.2K Mini LED display can be a wet dream for content creators.

One of the most impressive specs of the machine is its hybrid Legion ColdFront thermal solution that combines liquid and air cooling plus liquid metal. Curiously, the co-engineered with Cooler Master system is dedicated to the GPU VRAM and it turns on when the video card hits 84°C. Because of the unorthodox cooling approach, the motherboard is inverted which makes upgrading the RAM unnecessarily complicated. Still, the SSDs are easily accessible.

The hardware under the bonnet is top-notch – an Intel Intel Core i9-13980HX (which is the only CPU option) and the 175W GeForce RTX 4080 or RTX 4090. All that is paired with fast 32GB or 64GB DDR5 memory. The two SSDs can work in RAID 0 mode.

Most laptops with such specifications are big and heavy but Lenovo has found the right balance between performance and dimensions. For connectivity, you can rely on Wi-Fi 6E (or Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3, and a good amount of ports.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-legion-9-16-gen-8/


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Lenovo Legion 9i (16", Gen 8) - Specs

  • CSOT MNG007ZA2-2 (CSO1629)
  • Color accuracy  0.8  0.6
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 64GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, No OS, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 99.9Wh
  • Body material
  • Aluminum, Carbon, Magnesium alloy
  • Dimensions
  • 357.7 x 277.7 x 18.9 mm (14.08" x 10.93" x 0.74")
  • Weight
  • 2.56 kg (5.6 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1 (8K@60Hz)
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11be
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD with E-shutter, fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Microphone Array
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, audio by HARMAN certification, optimized with Nahimic Audio, Smart Amplifier (AMP)
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/legion-series/legion-9-16irx8/?linkTrack=Caps%3ABody_BrowseProduct

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you find the laptop itself fitted in a smaller sturdy box for extra protection. Lenovo provides a big 330W GaN power adapter and a smaller 140W one that can be used when you are away from home and don’t need the full power of the laptop.

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