Inside Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (15″, 2022) – disassembly and upgrade options
Even though the IdeaPad Gaming 3 (15″, 2022) is an inexpensive product, it comes with DDR5 memory, which is great.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15
- AMD Ryzen 5 6600H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 85W)
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside this laptop you first need to undo two Phillips-head screws located on the back, and two on the bottom panel. Then, pull the plastic shroud. After that, undo all 10 Phillips-head screws left on the bottom panel, and pry it with a plastic tool.
Inside, we see a 45Wh battery pack. It lasts for more than 6 hours of either Web browsing or video playback, which is not a great result. To take it out, unplug the battery connector from the motherboard, and undo all 4 Phillips-head screws that keep it in place.
3. Memory and storage
Remove the metal shroud to access the two SODIMM slots. They work with DDR5 modules and we are pretty confident that you can fit up to 64GB in total. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. The 42mm one supports Gen 4 drives, while the 80mm one is limited to Gen 3 SSDs.
4. Cooling system
In terms of cooling, two heat pipes are shared between the CPU and GPU, a third one meant for the processor, plus a total of four heat sinks, and two fans. Furthermore, there are heat spreaders cooling the VRMs and the graphics memory.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (15", 2022) in-depth review
Like the TUF series of ASUS, Lenovo releases its IdeaPad Gaming 3 notebooks in two versions. Naturally, one comes with an Intel chipset, while the other is equipped with an AMD one. Since we already had our look on the one paired with Team Blue, now we are going to see if the AMD model is any better. And in the future, we are going to make an in-depth comparison between the two, and possibly some of its competitors in this segment of the market. So, what should you expect from this laptop? Well, it has a changed exterior, which is now very reminiscent of the Legion series. Of course, the a[...]
- Fantastic price/performance ratio
- Great keyboard with an optional RGB backlight
- 2x SODIMM DDR5 + 2x M.2 slots (one supports Gen 4 drives)
- Decent cooling
- No PWM (BOE NV156FHM-NX1, BOE0A81)
- Lacks an SD card reader
- Only 50% sRGB coverage (BOE NV156FHM-NX1, BOE0A81)
- Flimsy hinges, resulting in a bouncy lid