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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Platform Performance (CPU, Memory, SATA, USB 3.0)

SiSoft Sandra, PCMark and Atto allow us to see how a system performs in a set of synthetic tests which ensure repeatable comparisons across a wide range of products.





We start the performance section of this review with a look at some of the key system performance aspects of the X1 Carbon and in doing so will be comparing it to a system based on a current home user Ultrabook, the Lenovo U410.

First up is our PCMark test which shows quite a considerable difference in performance between the two systems, though all is not as it seems. For the X1 the second test repeatedly registered unrealistic performance (a bug in the software) which skews the final score. We must therefore look to the other individual results for a comparison and this shows us that when it comes to productivity and media use the i5 CPU chosen for the X1 offers a good increase over a more gaming orientated machine which reduces CPU speed (and cost) in favour of adding enhanced GeForce graphics. We shall see later on if the Intel chip can offer a decent gaming experience on its own…

Moving on to memory bandwidth the X1 offers solid DDR3-1333 performance, though is outpaced by higher spec 1600MHz modules. The SATA performance of the X1 is excellent however as the SSD blazes past models with mechanical drives and Lenovo also show good USB 3.0 figures, excelling on write operations to the external drive.

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Stuart Davidson

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