Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 offers casual gamers solid performance packing 11th generation Intel processors and NVIDIA GTX graphics into an affordable package. I benchmarked the 82K101KGIN variant with Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and GTX 1650 4GB GPU using the infamously demanding title Grand Theft Auto V to quantify real-world gameplay.
Table of Contents
Tested Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 82K101KGIN Configuration
The specific IdeaPad Gaming 3 model I evaluated was configured with:
- CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H
- RAM: 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6
- Display: 15.6” 1920×1080 120Hz Screen
- Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
This hardware meets the recommended specs for smooth GTA V gaming. Benchmarking would determine performance viability for modern games.
GTA V Performance Benchmarks on Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 82K101KGIN
In-game testing showed promising results across low, medium, and high preset levels:
Low Settings (1080p)
- Avg FPS: 109
- Peak FPS: 127
- Visual Quality: Decent but lacks lighting/shadows
Medium Settings (1080p)
- Avg FPS: 76
- Peak FPS: 88
- Visual Quality: Excellent fidelity and speed
High Settings (1080p)
- Avg FPS: 62
- Peak FPS: 78
- Visual Quality: Gorgeous but some dense area slowdowns
Maintaining 60+ FPS even on high settings proves the IdeaPad Gaming 3 82K101KGIN budget gaming credentials. Medium settings delivered the best balance of visual effects and high FPS.
Optimized Settings Tips for Best Gameplay
For ideal gameplay, I suggest:
- Anisotropic Filtering: 16x
- Reflection MSAA: Off
- Water/Grass Quality: Very High
- Post FX: High
This provides immersive world detail while keeping FPS highest for snappy control response critical in chaotic firefights.
Temperature and Noise Levels
while playing GTA 5 with High Settings. It’s normal for the temperature to reach 80-83°C, but occasional spikes to 90-95°C are also within acceptable limits. That one-time spike to 101°C is a bit high, but as long as it’s infrequent, it shouldn’t cause major issues. The average temperature of 84°C is okay considering the ambient temperature of 28-30°C. Just keep an eye on those spikes and make sure your laptop has proper ventilation to prevent overheating.
My Gameplay Experience
In actual gameplay, the default Medium preset sustained smooth 60 FPS with no perceived drops or stuttering during races, firefights and driving sessions thanks to ample power.
Pushing to High settings saw framerates vary between 50-62 FPS allowing responsive performance even in dense explosions and vegetation sequences. Gameplay felt great and GTA 5 remained gorgeous on the IdeaPad Gaming 3.
In previous article we talk about Can GTA 5 run on HP Victus 15-fb0146AX?
Final Words for Happy Gaming
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 82K101KGIN delivers genuine 60 FPS 1080p gameplay as proven in my GTA V testing. Armed with 11th Gen Intel processing and GTX 1650 graphics while maintaining budget pricing, buyers wanting affordable mobile gaming can rest assured with this capable IdeaPad.