Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop Benchmarks – 20 Games Tested!

The new Lenovo IdeaPad L340 gaming laptop
has been heavily requested on the channel, so I bought one to find out what all the hype
is about. I’ll be testing out 20 games at all setting levels to give you an idea of
how well it performs, and then compare it with some other gaming laptops afterwards. Just quickly before we jump into the benchmark
results I’ll cover off the specs in my unit. I ordered my L340 with the Intel i5-9300H
CPU and Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics, as this seems to be a pretty popular budget friendly
option. I’ve tested with 8gb of memory in single channel, as the machine only comes
with one memory slot, making speed boosts from dual channel not possible. There are different configurations of the
L340 available though, you can find examples and updated prices linked in the description. Unlike the higher tier Y540, there is no option
to disable hybrid mode and fan speeds couldn’t be adjusted, there was basically no options
in the Lenovo Vantage software that could be used to increase performance. We’ll only be covering gaming performance
in this video, so if you’re new to the channel, you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for
the upcoming full review. Let’s start out by going through all 20 games at all setting
levels, then afterwards we’ll see how the L340 compares with some other laptops. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
rather than multiplayer. Medium settings played alright and was able to reach 60 FPS averages,
however the 1% lows were a fair bit below this, showing the occasional stuttering that
I noticed regardless of setting level. Battlefield 1 was also tested in campaign
mode, however it’s performing better than the newer Battlefield 5 just covered, where
even ultra settings was playing well enough for me with close to 70 FPS averages, with
not really that big of an improvement seen by lowering settings. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings
at maximum, or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesn’t have predefined
setting presets. It felt a bit choppy at max settings, and it was possible to improve average
FPS by around 32% simply by setting everything to minimum. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, the results from this test were again on the lower side, however
lowest settings was still able to average above 60 FPS in this test. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built
in benchmark. This game seems to be fairly CPU heavy, and while I think the i5 is certainly
capable for gaming, the results are lower than I expected, probably due to the single
channel memory configuration. Far Cry 5 was also tested with the built in
benchmark, and the results were ahead of the newer Far Cry New Dawn just covered, and we’ll
see how this one compares to some other laptops later. The Division 2 was tested using the built
in benchmark. Medium settings was just below 60 FPS, so another title where you’d most
likely want to sit around low to medium for a decent frame rate. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature.
As a less demanding title, even maxed out at epic settings was working well enough,
with around 70 FPS averages being reached, however would more than double this at low
settings if needed. Overwatch is another well optimized game and
was tested in the practice range. Epic settings still played well for me, as the 1% low was
around the refresh rate of the display, while over 100 FPS was achieved at lower levels. Metro Exodus was tested using the built in
benchmark, most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this, so don’t take
these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game, it’s
more of a worst case but does let you perform the same test to compare against. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and is a less demanding esports title that runs on basically anything. Even with all
settings maxed out 100 FPS averages were still reached in this test. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark. At ultra settings the results aren’t looking that bad here, with 80 FPS
for the average and still around 60 for the 1% low result. PUBG was tested using the replay feature,
and ultra settings was still able to reach 60 FPS averages in this test, with up to 80
at very low settings, but perhaps more importantly for a first person shooter game like this
a higher 1% low, so more stable and less dips in performance. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark, and straight away I can tell you this is the worst result I’ve
seen in this test at ultra high settings. No matter though, we’re not expecting top
of the line performance with these specs. The results at high settings and below are
at least playable, as this game doesn’t need super high FPS to enjoy. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane
with an average amount of action going on, and as a game that runs on basically any modern
hardware it was still playing well at ultra settings with above 80 FPS, while higher frame
rates were possible at lower setting levels. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource heavy game that
still plays fine for me with a solid 30 FPS, however this was not possible at ultra settings.
Very high settings played ok, and then there wasn’t really too much of a difference performance
wise stepping down to high. It was a little choppy due to the lower than 30 FPS 1% low,
much more playable at low settings. Ghost Recon is another resource intensive
game and was tested with the built in benchmark. Ultra settings in this test is tough even
on the better specced laptops I’ve used, however we’re still able to get fair results
at the lower levels. The Witcher 3 was playing alright at high
settings, where I was still able to average above 60 FPS, and the dips in performance
weren’t too noticeable, definitely more stuttering in ultra settings, as illustrated
by the much lower 1% low result. DOOM was tested using Vulkan, and while I
typically see 150+ FPS in this game with other laptops, even at ultra settings it was still
very playable on the L340, as shown by the 1% low which was still above 60 FPS, the refresh
rate of the screen, so the dips weren’t too bad. Strange Brigade was another game that was
tested with Vulkan, and was running well for this machine with the built in benchmark.
Ultra settings still averaged 60 FPS with the 1% low not too far behind, with over 100
FPS possible at low settings. Let’s also take a look at how this config
of the Lenovo L340 compares with other laptops to see how it stacks up, use these results
as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield 5 I’ve got the L340 highlighted
in red near similarly specced machines. As the only 1650 laptop I’ve tested recently
it’s down the bottom, however it is also worth remembering that the L340 is the only
laptop on this graph that was tested in single channel. I did fully plan on installing dual
channel memory, but only found out after opening it up that it has one slot, so this wasn’t
possible. Here are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra
settings in the built in benchmark. Again for the same reasons just explained the L340
is coming in at last place. Not only that, but as a CPU heavy game the 9300H is probably
giving us a little lower performance when compared against the 9750H, I still need to
compare those in a future video though. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb
raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Once more the Lenovo L340 is in
last place out of these laptops tested, but it’s important to note that it is also the
cheapest of these machines, so you get what you pay for. When compared to other machines, as we’ve
just seen, the Lenovo L340 doesn’t look too good. It’s worth keeping in mind that
the comparisons we just looked at are with maximum setting levels. As we saw earlier,
the L340 is definitely capable of playing modern games with good frame rates at low
to medium settings, just don’t expect miracles at high or above. It does of course depending
on the title, but we’re limited by the single channel memory as the L340 doesn’t provide
the option of dual channel. I don’t think that the i5-9300H CPU or GTX 1650 graphics
are bad options in a laptop, we’re just not able to get full performance out of this
particular machine. It’s a bit strange that Lenovo didn’t
include two memory slots on the L340, I guess perhaps they want to push people towards a
higher tier model like the Y540 or something. In any case, for the moment, I need to get
my hands on more i5 and 1650 machines to see how this affects performance. At the moment
I’m only able to compare to higher tier machines, I want to get more budget friendly
options tested to compare with. Let me know what you thought of the gaming
performance from the new Lenovo L340 gaming laptop down in the comments, and if you’re
new to the channel you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for the full review to see
everything this machine has to offer.


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