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I'm split between two laptops. What do I go for?

Hello there!

I've had my eyes on a particular Zephyrus G15 2021 model for multiple months now, since the LMG recommendation (before that, the G14). Still, with the recent release of the Lenovo Legion 5 and very positive unboxing on ShortCircut, I'm not sure that I should go for the G15?

The exact models that I have kept my eyes on:

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS-HQ004R

  • Ryzen 9 5900HS
  • 32GB RAM
  • 15.6 inches 2560 x 1440 display at 165hz refresh rate 16:9 aspect ratio
  • RTX 3080 (8GB DDR6, 80W, up to 100W with Dynamic Boost)
  • 1.9kg weight
  • 90Wh battery capacity

 

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

  • Ryzen 7 5800H
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2560 x 1600 display at 165hz refresh rate 16:10 aspect ratio
  • RTX 3070 (8GB DDR6, TGP 125, max wattage: 140)
  • 2.45kg weight
  • 80Wh battery capacity

So, of course, a few years ago, this problem wouldn't have been all too difficult. Just take a glance at the spec sheet and make your pick. But now, with cooling being such a significant factor at play, I'm torn.

 

Apparently, they both have excellent cooling, but from the looks of things, the Lenovo laptop still heavily outranks the Zephyrus G15, to the point where a 3080 in the Zephyrus performs worse than the 3070 in the Legion. How about the Ryzen processor, though? Will the upgrade make a difference in games, or will the supreme cooling outweigh that?

 

I'm also keen on weight, as I'll be travelling a lot with this laptop, so that's a point for the Zephyrus. So is looks! In my opinion, the Legion looks terrible and too gamer-y in comparison to the Zephyrus. On the other side, I like the aspect ratio more on the Legion, and I want to try something new (I have always used 16:9's)

 

RAM is, of course, upgradable on both models, so that is no concern to me. I can also live with an 80Wh battery, although a 90Wh would, of course, be an upgrade. Neither do I care about RGB backlit keyboards.

 

I have heard that the Zephyrus G15 has had strange issues all-around, but not the same for the Legion. Though that may well be because I mainly read about the problems in a Lenovo subreddit, comparing the two, and considering the Legion is such a new release, widespread errors may yet have been unveiled.

 

Price classes are quite different in the two, but then again, I'd accept a higher price if a performance (and aesthetic) gain is prevalent.

Does this just come down to personal preference? I'll appreciate all the help I'd get!

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It'd probably help people if you listed pricing.

Current PC:

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CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

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CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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Legion it is, even just for the 16:10 alone.

 

There's no real difference between those CPUs.

Ryzen 9 has 100-200 Mhz more on 35 Watt, the 5800H has 45w. I suppose, under full Load, the Ryzen 7 can boost higher because higher power budget?

 

Anyway, you might be able to measure any differences in Benchmarks, when you compare points.

But i promise you, you will never notice any difference in Games. Even in Games, that are 100% hard CPU Limited, it will be at max a few single % differences.

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