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.

100 thoughts on “Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop Benchmarks – 20 Games Tested!

  1. what really pisses me off is that, if u buy a model where u have only m2 ssd, u cannot add 2,5 ssd or hdd, there is space but no connector. What is interesting that in bios it has an Sata option.

  2. Jarrod if I have a laptop with 8gb ram and I want to upgrade to 16gb does it matter which ram I buy since I don't know the ram it came with

  3. Another reason for such terrible performance is the TDP limit of the CPU. I have seen another review for this laptop a month ago and it seems to be capping the TDP to something around 25 watts(The 9750h in it throttled down to 2 ghz in AC Odyssey). Single channel memory, terrible CPU power limit, and GTX 1650 at the top configuration – why this is called a gaming laptop is beyond my understanding.
    I guess people wanted to see a review to it due to a nice, muted design we usually don't see in gaming laptops. Well it has one, except it's not a gaming laptop. Even a Dell XPS 15 is noticeably better at gaming than THIS lol.

  4. I'm just fighting over myself i really think the Lenovo L340 fits my needs but the single channel is just a HUGE drawback in gaming performance the i5 and GTX1050 version is REALLY cheap in my country going for only 750$

  5. It cost much expensive in India and Btw no one is interested in buying this most of prefer helios 300 2019 in India

  6. I am confused what to buy:: a laptop with 1650(because of portability) or a pc in the same price with 1660ti …i am only worried that if i buy 1650 laptop maybe it wont be able to play games of 2019 or 2020 with even low settings …..please share your opinion..

  7. hello Jarrod, my laptop CPU temperature is jumping between 80-95 C while gaming, is that ok?
    and my GPU temperature is 80.

  8. Litlle bit too late but managed to be present here. Thanks you i've been waiting for this review and you made it come true. Cheers pal!

  9. Hey Jarrod, I know this might be a little outdated, but i am desperatly in need of a new gaming Laptop and i have no idea which one to choose. I already picked out my 2 favourites: The Lenovo Legion Y530 with IntelCore I5-8300h and GTX 1050 TI, and the Asus FX505DU laptop. I'm looking for best game performance, and Video editing with Sony Vegas Pro. Could anyone please give me some tips?

  10. no dual memory slot , that's a deal breaker , thanks for the info , Jarrod.
    And More i5-9300 + 1650 or i7 +1650 or i5 + 1660ti…

  11. oh man I wish if you had made this video sooner before I went ahead and bought this laptop I didn't know that single memory channel had that much impact…i even got the highest specs with i7 9th and 16 gb of ram

  12. Bro should I buy Asus tuf 505dt ryzen 5 3550, GTX 1650 (or) Lenovo legion i5 9th generation, GTX 1650. VERY CONFUSED PLZ HELP.

  13. Thank you for great content. Can't wait for next weeks full review. If I plan to play only such games as FIFA 19, would you recommend L340?

  14. I'm curious, what do you do with laptops you've finished reviewing? Especially ones that you've purchased out of pocket

  15. Im a compter sciences student it is recomended for developpement of games ,Android application and playing games with the i7 version ?

  16. There is one game or maybe more that all laptops will never run it more than 25 fps and this game is god of war 3 in rpcs3 emulator even zephyrus gx701 cant get 30 fps thats why alot of people dont buy laptops and when you run this game in the pc the 1660ti can run it faster than the 2080 of a laptop

  17. Guys this laptop is actually perfect for a certain group.

    A gamer student.
    4.9 pounds.
    Not an obvious gaming red gamer game gaming laptop
    Really slim for a laptop.
    Can run every game.

  18. I don't think they shouldve named this gaming tho. It's a good overall use machine, but with this cooling you can't make it a gaming system.

  19. Wow I was just looking at this laptop online and didn't know you already have a benchmark video. I was thinking of getting a budget gaming laptop just for some light gaming. Great video. Keep up the good work. Much appreciated

  20. I don't get it, this laptop performs worse than y530 that has 1050ti and 1 gen older cpu, is dual channel that big of a deal?

  21. Jarrod , i am student & going to study economics/ingeniering but want to game on the side

    wich laptop should i choose:
    -Asus tuf fx505DT
    Ryzen 7 3750H
    8gb ram
    120Hz screen
    GTX 1650 4gb
    1,256 TB HDD
    256 SSD

    -Lenovo Ideapad L340
    Intel i7-9750H
    8gb ram
    1 TB HDD
    256 SSD
    60hz screen
    GTX 1650 4gb

    Wich laptop would you recommend?

  22. ok I'm a university student who wants to buy for I am studying computer science, I'd also like to do some slight gaming on it. is it a good choice?
    great review btw, you're awesome

  23. Was really really waiting for this, to compare it with the Y540 with the same specs. Is there a version of this laptop with dual channel?

  24. Considering lenovo constantly has sales going on, if you can get this at a discount, I think it'd be a great budget choice (hopefully a model that has 2 slots for memory, though).

  25. Nice review
    i am waiting the full review
    i have some questions about this laptop
    1- what about its fans and temperature?
    2- is it worth to buy it?
    thanks a lot

  26. !!! I have been watching countless laptop review videos and I am stuck between buying a fully upgraded laptop or buying a cheaper laptop and adding the components that I would like. I have a budget of $2500 (2700 max). !!! I would appreciate if someone that has experience with laptops could provide some suggestions.

  27. Jarrod i read on the lenovo forum that you can solve the gpu performance by installing Nvidia vga drivers directly from Lenovo

  28. I'm confused. Laptopmedia have said that there is 4GB soldered onto the motherboard and 1 ram slot free. This would mean that at least 8GB should be dual channel, no? Or would this be only for the i7-9750H variant maybe? Love the channel btw!

  29. Great video! Would you recommend the laptop for a causal gamer who wouldn't play many demanding games, moreso stuff like horror games on steam etc? Then also used for general day to day stuff

  30. i have this pc with i7-9750H (2.60GHz, 12Mo) and GTX 1650 with 16GB RAM and 2 TB+256SSD is that good for 3D Concept artist and some games ?

  31. Jarrod'sTech I also read on the forum that you are able to change between quick or quiet mode, you need to press Function + Q on the keyboard.

    P.s Maybe you already know this, than sorry , but i am just trying to help👍


  32. MSI GF63 (I5-9300h – GTX 1650) should be a good comparable option
    Also the New Acer Nitro 5 (i5-9300h – 1650)
    Would like to hear your opinion on the old generation Nitro 5 (i5-8300h – 1050ti) is it worth getting now considering a very limited budget. Thanks in advance

  33. Really comparing this laptop with ONLY much more expensive (MUCH!!!!!! coming to TWICE AS MUCH! very early!!!) laptops is a laugh. That is not a real benchmark! Negative. This laptop BEATS everything else that has GTX1050Ti and THAT is an important information. Ignorant.

  34. This is nice test, thank you for that.. But i don't think the comparison and competition of other laptops were fair. As from where I'm from, that L340 from the video costs around 875€ as for the cheapest laptop above it, the Asus FX 505 DU is around 1140€ which is 265€ difference, so IMO that can't rly be compared. I would really like to see some honest and fair comparison with Acer nitro 5, with similar specs with i5 and 1050ti, or Dell G3 which is similar price and to see that performance.

  35. For hardcore gamers, L340 might be not the right one for you but for casual gaming it is a good choice! Still, this laptop can run most AAA games at normal/medium settings and can do general tasks (AutoCad, etc). For gaming alone, not a good choice but considering the thermals (doesn't overheat), lightweight and easy to carry, this is legit and durable. It is like a crossbreed between the IdeaPad and the Legion series of Lenovo's. Overall, it's still a good choice.

  36. Bro iam glad that I bought legion y540 instead of this the shop seller was trying to fool me by saying they both are same specs …man now I feel so much safe and satisfied…thanks for the video bro…time to play some siege on that beauty 🙂 And guys pls don't skip ads he deserve those money

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