At the Mobile World Conference 2022, Lenovo unveiled its next-generation of IdeaPad Gaming 3 and 3i notebooks. Based on the Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) and Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-P processors, these gaming laptops combine a portable form factor with 1080p capable graphics processors. The IdeaPad Gaming 3/3i comes in 15″ and 16″ options, with a 1440p 165Hz display pushing the brightness to an impressive 500 nits.
What makes the IdeaPad Gaming lineup interesting is the inclusion of Intel’s Arc A370M graphics processors as the alternative to NVIDIA’s RTX 3060/3050 offerings. The Arc A370M combines 128 EUs or Vector Engines (1,024 shaders) with 4GB of GDDR6 memory across a 128-bit bus. The GPU is fabbed on TSMC’s N6 (6nm) node which allows it to push the core boost clock over 1.5GHz. The A370 is expected to offer GeForce GTX 1650 Super levels of gaming performance which is just fine as that’s the most popular GPU, featured in more than half of all notebooks shipped.
The IdeaPad will feature high-speed DDR5-4800 memory along with NVMe M.2 Gen 4 SSDs. Interestingly, DDR5-4800 MT/s memory will only be available on AMD models, with Intel SKUs using slower (DDR4?) modules. The CPUs will have a base TDP of 45W, and the GPUs will come with a TGP of 105W on the NVIDIA side. Intel’s Arc A370M should have a lower TGP.