Review | AMD Radeon R5 M330 vs Gaming (Lenovo Ideapad 300-14ISK)

A lot of people have a budget of  around Php30,000 for a laptop and for the budget gamer’s mindset, it should have a dedicated GPU so that it can play games, at least decently. There are many laptops out there that has a GT930m, GT940MX, etc. But how does the AMD R5 M330 perform?

See video below

The Lenovo Ideapad 300-14ISK is an office oriented laptop that has a Core i5 6200U processor, 4GB of DDR3L ram, and a dedicated AMD R5 M330 2GB GDDR3 graphics processing unit.

Technical Specifications:

Model: Lenovo IdeaPad 300 14 80Q600C6PH – Black

Operating System : Windows 10
Processor : Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (3M Cache, up to 2.80GHz)
Graphics : ATI EXO PRO R5 M330 DDR3L 2GB
Memory : 4GB DDR3L
Webcam : 1MP HD with single Microphone
Storage : 1TB HDD
Optical Drive : DVD SuperMulti
Audio : Stereo Speakers with Dolby® Advanced Audio™ certification
Battery : Up to 4 Hours Local Video Playback
Display : 14-inch HD Display
Dimensions  : (inches) : 13.74″ x 9.64″ x 0.90″-0.92″
(mm) : 349 x 245 x 22.9-23.4
Weight : Starting at 4.63 lbs (2.1 kg)
Bluetooth : WiFi 802.11 a/c 2 x 2, Bluetooth® 4.0
Connectors : 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
(SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), Audio Combo Jack

The first impression that I got from this laptop is that it is meant for an office employee who might need an little bit of extra horsepower for running Photoshop or even some basic video editing with Premier or Vegas. But the biggest question here is, how well can this thing game?

So for my test I played a couple of games: CS:GO, Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and Shadow of Mordor. All of them were played at the lowest graphical presets and in different low resolutions so that they can run smoothly.

So at CS:GO at  the very low preset aty 1366×768 resolution, we got 43-53 FPS. In Bioshock Infinite at very low 1280x 720 we got around 42-50 FPS. Next is GTA V at the normal preset using 800×600, we got 42-47 FPS.  Finally at Shadow of Mordor using very low preset at 910×512 resolution, we got 33-38 FPS.

It didn’t look that great though but if you’re somebody who wouldn’t mind the graphics being on low, then it will be perfect for you.

Next I ran GTA V, another GPU and CPU intensive game and this time it defaulted to the lowest possible settings but in a higher resolution than Shadow of Mordor and I think it ran pretty well at around 30-40FPS. Definitely a playable experience.

So, is this laptop worth gaming with? If you don’t mind putting your triple A games’ graphics to the lowest settings, then why not. But for lighter E-Sports titles such as DOTA 2, LoL, Overwatch, and CS:GO, I think you can stay at medium-medium/high settings.


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