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It's official, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, not a GTX 1650 as advertised

NVIDIA has now changed the GPU name in its latest Game Ready driver (442.59). (Image source: Lenovo)
NVIDIA has now changed the GPU name in its latest Game Ready driver (442.59). (Image source: Lenovo)
Lenovo may continue to advertise the ThinkPad X1 Gen 2 with a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU in many regions, but that is simply not the case. While the device's GPU has always performed like a GTX 1650 Max-Q, an NVIDIA driver update confirms that this is the case.
Alex Alderson,

As we have previously reported, Lenovo has not been forthcoming about what GPU it has included in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2. While you would be forgiven for thinking that you have bought a device with a GeForce GTX 1650, Lenovo is actually equipping the device with the Max-Q variant instead. This is not a small error either, as the performance difference between the two GPUs is up to 20%.

While Lenovo continues to advertise the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 as having a GeForce GTX 1650, NVIDIA has now updated its Game Ready drivers to reflect the correct GPU. There should be no appreciable performance difference though, as the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has always performed like a GTX 1650 Max-Q machine.

Firing up GPU-Z or the NVIDIA Control Panel will now list the GPU as a GTX 1650 Max-Q, but only if you have installed Game Ready Driver 442.59 installed. Lenovo is yet to push the new driver to devices though, and it could be months before the company does so based on past performance.

NVIDIA Control Panel now shows a GTX 1650 Max-Q...
NVIDIA Control Panel now shows a GTX 1650 Max-Q...
Not a GTX 1650 as it did before. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Not a GTX 1650 as it did before. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The same applies to GPU-Z. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The same applies to GPU-Z. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-17 (Update: 2020-03-17)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.