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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 Review: Tiger Lake laptop with an Nvidia GeForce MX450

AMD offers better multi-core performance. Having recently reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with the AMD CPU, we now move on to the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with a Tiger Lake processor. Read our review to learn how the Intel chip stacks up against the AMD processor.
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Despite a small number of changes, the AMD version of the Lenovo Thinkpad E15 Gen 2 was able to make a good impression in our review. Because the Intel version with Tiger Lake chips features the same design as the recently released AMD model, it comes with the same set of weaknesses and strengths. 

The only interesting thing here is how the Core i7-1165G7 in the Intel model compares against the Ryzen 7 4700U in the AMD variant. Instead of the integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU, the Tiger Lake version comes with an Nvidia GeForce MX450. Both versions offer the same amount of RAM (16 GB) and storage space (512 GB).

We compare the Intel model of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 not only against the AMD version but also against other competitors. Below each section, users can also add other notebooks from our database to the comparison chart.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE (ThinkPad E15 Gen2 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, 12 W PL2 / Short Burst, 10 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 - 2048 MB, Core: 1395 MHz, Memory: 1751 MHz, NVIDIA 457.49, Intel Iris Xe 96EUs
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single-Channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Lenovo LEN40BA, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, 512 GB 
, 470 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined audio jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.9 x 365 x 240 ( = 0.74 x 14.37 x 9.45 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W, Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAffee, Office 356 Trial, Lenovo Vantage, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds), Power Supply: 350 g ( = 12.35 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
1100 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Likely Competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
02/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450
1.8 kg18.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
88 %
12/2020
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.7 kg15 mm15.60"1920x1080
84 %
11/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
R7 4700U, Vega 7
1.8 kg18.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
84 %
01/2021
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450
1.3 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
82 %
01/2021
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
i7-1165G7, Xe MAX
1.9 kg17.94 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case - Compact and rigid

Because the Intel and AMD versions of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 are identically built, we forewent providing information normally contained in this section. You can find all the relevant information in our review of the AMD variant of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2.

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Size Comparison

365 mm / 14.4 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs365 mm / 14.4 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs356.2 mm / 14 inch 238.4 mm / 9.39 inch 17.94 mm / 0.706 inch 1.9 kg4.27 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.7 kg3.66 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs

Connectivity - ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with a Thunderbolt 4 port

You can find detailed information concerning input and output devices of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 in our comprehensive review. The main difference here is the Thunderbolt 4 port, which the Intel model has. The Thunderbolt 4 port can be used for charging. The Intel-based ThinkPad also does better in our Wi-Fi test.

Left side: One Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (Always On) port, HDMI 1.4 output, combination headphone/microphone jack
Left side: One Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (Always On) port, HDMI 1.4 output, combination headphone/microphone jack
Right side: One USB 2.0 port, GigabitLAN port, Kensington Lock
Right side: One USB 2.0 port, GigabitLAN port, Kensington Lock

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1434 (1394min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1429 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1365 (1309min - 1394max) MBit/s ∼95% -4%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=241)
1156 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=112, last 2 years)
941 MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
878 (678min - 893max) MBit/s ∼61% -39%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
684 (463min - 785max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1416 (1229min - 1441max) MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1336 (862min - 1429max) MBit/s ∼94%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1306 (653min - 1347max) MBit/s ∼92% -2%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=241)
1238 MBit/s ∼87% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1149 (972min - 1253max) MBit/s ∼81% -14%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=113, last 2 years)
992 MBit/s ∼70% -26%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
881 (844min - 915max) MBit/s ∼62% -34%
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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1335 (862-1429)
Schenker Vision 15 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1284 (653-1347)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1150 (972-1253)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1415 (1229-1441)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø881 (844-915)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10: Ø1429 (1381-1813)
Schenker Vision 15 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1434 (1394-1508)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø878 (678-893)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1366 (1309-1394)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø684 (463-785)

Webcam

ColorChecker
6.4 ∆E
8 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
13 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
13 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
15 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
0 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Schenker Vision 15: 8.52 ∆E min: 0 - max: 15.33 ∆E
ColorChecker
4.7 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
9 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
8 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00: 5.65 ∆E min: 2.16 - max: 10.9 ∆E

Maintenance

Inside the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2, users have access to the SSD and RAM. There is only one RAM slot. However, the Lenovo laptop offers M.2 slots.

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with the Tiger Lake CPU - Maintenance options
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 with the Tiger Lake CPU - Maintenance options

Input Devices - Lenovo laptop with a TrackPoint and ClickPad

Go to our review of the AMD version of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 to learn about the input devices.

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - Input devices
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - Input devices
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - Power bottom with an integrated fingerprint sensor
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - Power bottom with an integrated fingerprint sensor

Display - More colour-accurate than the AMD model

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The Intel version of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 features a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. When compared to the AMD model, both the brightness (244 cd/m²) and the black value (0.27 cd/m²) are nearly identical. However, the panel in the Intel variant has significantly better response times.

The manufacturer does not rely on pulse width modulation for brightness control, which is why users with susceptible eyes should not experience any issues when using the device. In addition to a TN panel, Lenovo also offers brighter, more colour-accurate and touch-enabled IPS panels.

257
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Lenovo LEN40BA
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 257 cd/m² Average: 243.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 248 cd/m²
Contrast: 919:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.07 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 1.91 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
58% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
39.99% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
58.2% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
38.71% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.39
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Lenovo LEN40BA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker Vision 15
BOE08F5, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
B156HAN02.1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Au Optronics B140HAN03.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
AU Optronics B156ZAN, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Display
72%
-1%
56%
83%
Display P3 Coverage
38.71
69.3
79%
38.42
-1%
60.88
57%
74.32
92%
sRGB Coverage
58.2
93.97
61%
57.79
-1%
90.37
55%
99.01
70%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
39.99
70.8
77%
39.69
-1%
62.25
56%
74.63
87%
Response Times
-251%
-179%
-145%
-211%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28 (9, 19)
60 (29.2, 30.8)
-114%
46.8 (22.8, 24)
-67%
39 (20, 19)
-39%
55.2 (26.8, 28.4)
-97%
Response Time Black / White *
8 (2, 6)
39 (19.2, 18.8)
-388%
31.2 (17.6, 13.6)
-290%
28 (17, 11)
-250%
34 (19.2, 14.8)
-325%
PWM Frequency
Screen
37%
-17%
3%
7%
Brightness middle
248
478
93%
249
0%
323
30%
303.8
23%
Brightness
244
462
89%
239
-2%
313
28%
296
21%
Brightness Distribution
87
94
8%
87
0%
80
-8%
93
7%
Black Level *
0.27
0.27
-0%
0.22
19%
0.36
-33%
0.24
11%
Contrast
919
1770
93%
1132
23%
897
-2%
1266
38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.07
3.2
37%
6.7
-32%
4.86
4%
4.58
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
17.47
8.4
52%
19.7
-13%
7.52
57%
9.4
46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.91
4.5
-136%
5.1
-167%
4.83
-153%
6.4
-235%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.16 102%
2.48 89%
2.64 83%
2.3 96%
CCT
6697 97%
6788 96%
7277 89%
7405 88%
7414 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
63.1
71%
36.6
-1%
57.5
55%
66.7
80%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
93.6
61%
57.7
-1%
90.3
56%
99
71%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2
4.4
3.64
2.17
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-47% / 6%
-66% / -36%
-29% / -6%
-40% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

Color space coverage (sRGB) - 58%
Color space coverage (sRGB) - 58%
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37%
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37%

Our measurements show that the Intel model offers a significantly lower contrast ratio (919:1) than the AMD variant. The E15 Gen 2 with the Tiger Lake CPU covers 58 % of the sRGB colour space and 37 % of the AdobeRGB colour space, which means that it is very similar in this regard to the AMD model.

Our CalMAN analysis reveals that the screen is very well-calibrated straight out of the box. This is why there is no need to calibrate it any further. 

CalMAN - Colour accuracy
CalMAN - Colour accuracy
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale

Outdoors, the display of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is easy to read as long as you are located in a shaded place. Moreover, the matte screen surface greatly reduces the intensity of reflections.

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 outdoors
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 outdoors
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 outdoors
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 outdoors

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel in the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 has very stable viewing angles. The screen content can be read from any angle without any distortions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - More 3D power with MX450

Lenovo offers the Thinkpad E15 Gen 2 with various AMD and Intel CPUs. Each configuration is intended for business users, who need a more or less powerful notebook with a reasonable price tag.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - CPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - CPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - CPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - GPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - HWInfo
 
 

Processor

The Core i7-1165G7 is the most powerful Intel CPU that Lenovo offers for the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2. Intel’s quad-core chip offers eight threads and has a base clock of 2.8 GHz and a boost clock of 4.7 GHz. The Tiger Lake processor in the Lenovo laptop achieves great results in our CPU benchmark suite, which are considerably better than what most other notebooks with the same CPU can achieve. The Schenker Vision 15 with Intel’s reference design performs somewhat better, though.

When it comes to multi-core performance, the E15 Gen 2 with the Tiger Lake CPU does worse than the AMD variant. Howbeit, the Core i7-1165G7 is faster when it comes to single-core performance. In the rest of the benchmarks, the Thinkpad E15 Gen 2 performs about as well as other laptops with similar hardware.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø906 (876.83-971.84)
Schenker Vision 15 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø968 (957.88-1027.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00 AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø1069 (991.33-1139.11)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø603 (589.73-747.11)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø761 (740.62-782.95)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (471 - 588, n=59)
554 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
548 Points ∼99% +6%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
539 Points ∼97% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
516 Points ∼93%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
511 Points ∼92% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
476 Points ∼86% -8%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 606, n=113, last 2 years)
438 Points ∼79% -15%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2814 Points ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2233 Points ∼79%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1999 Points ∼71% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2657, n=59)
1983 Points ∼70% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1874 Points ∼67% -16%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=114, last 2 years)
1677 Points ∼60% -25%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1452 Points ∼52% -35%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
228 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
221 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (199 - 230, n=53)
218 Points ∼96% -1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
210 Points ∼92% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
204 Points ∼89% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
182 Points ∼80% -18%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=122, last 2 years)
173 Points ∼76% -22%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1139 Points ∼100% +17%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1027 (957.88min - 1027.12max) Points ∼90% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
971 (738.23min - 869.87max) Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (599 - 1027, n=61)
860 Points ∼76% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
783 (740.62min - 782.95max) Points ∼69% -19%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
747 Points ∼66% -23%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=124, last 2 years)
720 Points ∼63% -26%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=104, last 2 years)
801 Seconds * ∼100% -51%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
692 Seconds * ∼86% -31%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
613 Seconds * ∼77% -16%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 958, n=58)
612 Seconds * ∼76% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
530 Seconds * ∼66%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
518 Seconds * ∼65% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
452 Seconds * ∼56% +15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5249 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5507, n=58)
5225 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5209 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5132 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5099 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4470 MIPS ∼85% -15%
Average of class Office
  (2493 - 5565, n=104, last 2 years)
4396 MIPS ∼84% -16%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
30794 MIPS ∼100% +28%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
26819 MIPS ∼87% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
24070 MIPS ∼78%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23443 MIPS ∼76% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27405, n=58)
23025 MIPS ∼75% -4%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21119 MIPS ∼69% -12%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=104, last 2 years)
20407 MIPS ∼66% -15%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1586 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1539 Points ∼97%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1530 Points ∼96% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (882 - 1595, n=57)
1517 Points ∼96% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1488 Points ∼94% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1159 Points ∼73% -25%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=95, last 2 years)
1159 Points ∼73% -25%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5878 Points ∼100% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
5869 Points ∼100% +22%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5310 Points ∼90% +10%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5187 Points ∼88% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=57)
5138 Points ∼87% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4822 Points ∼82%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=95, last 2 years)
3950 Points ∼67% -18%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
8.68 fps ∼100% +19%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.58 fps ∼87% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.3 fps ∼84%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.39 fps ∼74% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=58)
6.35 fps ∼73% -13%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=103, last 2 years)
5.39 fps ∼62% -26%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.38 fps ∼62% -26%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=87, last 2 years)
62.1 s * ∼100% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
57.1 s * ∼92% -14%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
54.2 s * ∼87% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
50 s * ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=57)
48.3 s * ∼78% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
47 s * ∼76% +6%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
45.8 s * ∼74% +8%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=92, last 2 years)
0.695 sec * ∼100% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.613 sec * ∼88% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.613 sec * ∼88% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=58)
0.591 sec * ∼85% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.586 sec * ∼84%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.571 sec * ∼82% +3%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.571 sec * ∼82% +3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
971 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
143 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
221 Points
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System Performance

In the PCMark 10 benchmark, the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 achieves a very high result, which is why it tops our comparison chart. However, the CPU did quite poorly in the "Essentials" section of the benchmark, achieving only a mediocre result. In day-to-day use, the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 feels very responsive. There are no freezes or micro-stutters to speak of.

You can find out how the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 stacks up against other laptops on our CPU Benchmarks page.

PCMark 10
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
5606 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (4823 - 5814, n=7)
5334 Points ∼95% -5%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5158 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5150 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Xe MAX, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
5020 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4560 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=117, last 2 years)
4222 Points ∼75% -25%
Essentials
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
10522 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Xe MAX, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
9666 Points ∼92% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
9559 Points ∼91% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
9372 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (8088 - 9955, n=7)
9187 Points ∼87% -2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9079 Points ∼86% -3%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10457, n=117, last 2 years)
8525 Points ∼81% -9%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
8678 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (7826 - 9292, n=7)
8547 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8386 Points ∼97% -3%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6852 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=117, last 2 years)
6616 Points ∼76% -24%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Xe MAX, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
6568 Points ∼76% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
5348 Points ∼62% -38%
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
5878 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Xe MAX, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
5409 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (4812 - 5878, n=7)
5251 Points ∼89% -11%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5165 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
5037 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4870 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=117, last 2 years)
3693 Points ∼63% -37%
PCMark 10 Score
5606 points
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DPC Latencies

Our LatencyMon test reveals that the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 has slight problems with latency spikes. This is why it is not really suited for work with realtime audio or video.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
LatencyMon - Driver latencies
LatencyMon - Driver latencies
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
7445.5 μs * ∼100% -149%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
2991.4 μs * ∼40%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
GeForce MX450, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
370.7 μs * ∼5% +88%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Xe MAX, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
338.4 μs * ∼5% +89%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Both Intel and AMD versions of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 come with the same SSD, and, therefore, offer very similar read and write speeds, which are considerably slower than what the rest of the competition has to offer. 

You can find out how the SSD in the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 stacks up against other storage devices on our HDD/SSD Benchmarks page.

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
Schenker Vision 15
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
Average Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
159%
8%
82%
63%
6%
Write 4K
118.8
238.1
100%
104.91
-12%
211.8
78%
111.4
-6%
129 (103 - 148, n=8)
9%
Read 4K
37.55
79.21
111%
46.54
24%
50.11
33%
53.36
42%
45.1 (37.6 - 52.3, n=8)
20%
Write Seq
1224
4138.8
238%
1333
9%
2938
140%
2598
112%
1172 (946 - 1333, n=8)
-4%
Read Seq
1589
4132.9
160%
1564.5
-2%
2639
66%
2308
45%
1496 (1145 - 1615, n=8)
-6%
Write 4K Q32T1
409.5
696.88
70%
437.22
7%
656.1
60%
643.9
57%
448 (382 - 592, n=8)
9%
Read 4K Q32T1
335.5
757.59
126%
498.89
49%
722.5
115%
664.6
98%
415 (336 - 528, n=8)
24%
Write Seq Q32T1
1427
5187.1
263%
1315.2
-8%
3022
112%
3147
121%
1397 (1315 - 1456, n=8)
-2%
Read Seq Q32T1
2353
7117
202%
2340.4
-1%
3561
51%
3242
38%
2307 (2085 - 2365, n=8)
-2%
AS SSD
179%
23%
103%
28%
18%
Seq Read
1885.99
5427.2
188%
1934
3%
2861.17
52%
1910.47
1%
1917 (1706 - 2012, n=8)
2%
Seq Write
1225.76
3886.1
217%
1198
-2%
2837.42
131%
2794.85
128%
1061 (802 - 1268, n=8)
-13%
4K Read
32.37
72.89
125%
47.08
45%
60.27
86%
50.47
56%
45.8 (32.4 - 50.4, n=8)
41%
4K Write
100.81
219.34
118%
132.8
32%
164.18
63%
103.83
3%
140 (101 - 189, n=8)
39%
4K-64 Read
841.66
2208.94
162%
865.5
3%
1598.14
90%
1485.41
76%
854 (830 - 870, n=8)
1%
4K-64 Write
485.05
2265.2
367%
872.28
80%
1572.1
224%
1819.67
275%
780 (485 - 872, n=8)
61%
Access Time Read *
0.102
0.033
68%
0.116
-14%
0.046
55%
0.056
45%
0.1031 (0.065 - 0.126, n=8)
-1%
Access Time Write *
0.037
0.02
46%
0.03
19%
0.021
43%
0.282
-662%
0.0349 (0.02 - 0.078, n=8)
6%
Score Read
1063
2825
166%
1106
4%
1945
83%
1727
62%
1091 (1063 - 1117, n=8)
3%
Score Write
708
2873
306%
1125
59%
2020
185%
2203
211%
1027 (708 - 1144, n=8)
45%
Score Total
2286
7069
209%
2771
21%
4966
117%
4863
113%
2643 (2286 - 2787, n=8)
16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
169% / 171%
16% / 17%
93% / 94%
46% / 43%
12% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2353 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1427 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 335.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 409.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1589 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1224 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 37.55 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 118.8 MB/s

Continuous read speed: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphic Card

Our review configuration features an Nvidia GeForce MX450. This graphics chip offers more performance than the iGPU in the AMD or Intel processors. It is suited for moderately demanding 3D applications. In the 3DMark benchmarks, the E15 Gen 2 offers the same level of performance as other laptops with this GPU.

You can learn how the Nvidia GeForce MX450 compares with other graphics cards on our GPU Benchmarks page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
8296 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i7-1165G7
7804 Points ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (6341 - 8950, n=8)
7669 Points ∼92% -8%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6971 Points ∼84% -16%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6524 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
5422 Points ∼65% -35%
Average of class Office
  (617 - 11538, n=118, last 2 years)
3471 Points ∼42% -58%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i7-1165G7
34947 Points ∼100% +29%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
29148 Points ∼83% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (25467 - 29148, n=6)
27654 Points ∼79% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
27150 Points ∼78%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
25720 Points ∼74% -5%
Average of class Office
  (3280 - 30980, n=96, last 2 years)
14920 Points ∼43% -45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6111 Points ∼100% +33%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5759 Points ∼94% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4611 Points ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (4336 - 4753, n=8)
4534 Points ∼74% -2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4371 Points ∼72% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3561 Points ∼58% -23%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=113, last 2 years)
2412 Points ∼39% -48%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1975 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (1086 - 1975, n=7)
1710 Points ∼87% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1697 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1682 Points ∼85% -15%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1611 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1027 Points ∼52% -48%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=91, last 2 years)
813 Points ∼41% -59%
3DMark 11 Performance
8228 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18399 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4254 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2164 points
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Gaming Performance

The Nvidia GeForce MX450 can run moderately demanding titles smoothly. Older games are, actually, playable at 1080p on high settings.

To learn what kind of gaming experience you can expect from Nvidia’s GeForce MX450, go to our Gaming Benchmarks page.

The Witcher 3
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
63.1 fps ∼100% +86%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
59 fps ∼94% +74%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (34 - 69.7, n=9)
57 fps ∼90% +68%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
53.7 (43min - 64max) fps ∼85% +58%
Average of class Office
  (9.3 - 76.3, n=47, last 2 years)
36.5 fps ∼58% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
34 fps ∼54%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.4 (34min, 34P1 - 37max) fps ∼100% +69%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
33.8 (27min - 41max) fps ∼95% +61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (21 - 39.7, n=8)
32.3 fps ∼91% +54%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
30.8 fps ∼87% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
21 fps ∼59% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
21 fps ∼59%
Average of class Office
  (5.3 - 47.9, n=53, last 2 years)
20 fps ∼56% -5%
Far Cry 5
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
72 (62min - 82max) fps ∼100% +53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (47 - 73, n=4)
65.8 fps ∼91% +40%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
63 fps ∼88% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
48 fps ∼67% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
47 fps ∼65%
Average of class Office
  (7 - 90, n=36, last 2 years)
34.4 fps ∼48% -27%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
33 (26min - 44max) fps ∼100% +38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (24 - 34, n=3)
30.3 fps ∼92% +26%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30 fps ∼91% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
24 fps ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
21 fps ∼64% -12%
Average of class Office
  (10 - 46, n=27, last 2 years)
18.9 fps ∼57% -21%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
88.6 (78.4min) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (82.5 - 95.6, n=9)
88.1 fps ∼99% -1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
87.2 (75.6min) fps ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
56 (50.1min) fps ∼63% -37%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
53.6 (35.6min) fps ∼60% -40%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.3 (24.4min) fps ∼43% -57%
Average of class Office
  (5.7 - 113, n=108, last 2 years)
34.8 fps ∼39% -61%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
81.6 (72.2min) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (75.2 - 87.7, n=9)
80.8 fps ∼99% -1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
80.2 (68.1min) fps ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
52.3 (46.9min) fps ∼64% -36%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
49.7 (33.4min) fps ∼61% -39%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
38.4 (24.9min) fps ∼47% -53%
Average of class Office
  (5.3 - 103, n=108, last 2 years)
31.6 fps ∼39% -61%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
73.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (41.4 - 76.6, n=9)
64.9 fps ∼88% -12%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
58 fps ∼79% -21%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
39.3 fps ∼53% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
35.7 fps ∼49% -51%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
34.4 fps ∼47% -53%
Average of class Office
  (3.96 - 80.7, n=102, last 2 years)
24.2 fps ∼33% -67%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
62.8 fps ∼100%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
59.2 fps ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (39.6 - 66, n=9)
57.7 fps ∼92% -8%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
34.4 fps ∼55% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
31.2 fps ∼50% -50%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
29.7 fps ∼47% -53%
Average of class Office
  (3.55 - 69.7, n=101, last 2 years)
22 fps ∼35% -65%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (51.5 - 56.2, n=5)
53.4 fps ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
51.5 fps ∼96%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
46.1 fps ∼86% -10%
Average of class Office
  (11.3 - 72, n=30, last 2 years)
32.2 fps ∼60% -37%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
26 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (25 - 26, n=5)
25.4 fps ∼98% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
24.2 fps ∼93% -7%
Average of class Office
  (6.6 - 38.3, n=25, last 2 years)
18.1 fps ∼70% -30%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 34 21 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 137 121 88.6 81.6 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 51.5 26 15 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 86.5 73.5 62.8 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 47 24 fps

Emissions - High-frequency noise under load

System Noise

System noise
System noise

In everyday use, the Thinkpad E15 Gen 2 remains silent most of the time. The fans kicks in very rarely. When they do they produce a very uniform sound. However, the faster the fans spin, the more high-frequency the noise they produce becomes. Under high load, this noise is barely audible, but it is still annoying. Moreover, the power adapter of our review device suffers from coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
25 / 25 / 25.2 dB(A)
Load
30.4 / 30.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2022.225.62525.622.2252830.434.527.5283127.727.726.72927.74024.322.921.723.224.35028.628.120.624.128.66321.120.721.320.421.18016.816.615.817.216.810017.118.415.71917.112515.616.214.715.715.616016.116.616.313.616.120014.416.516.613.114.4250131515.512.41331512.716.516.71212.74001318.318.212.11350012.216.816.912.112.263012.516.616.711.612.580012.316.315.91212.3100012.517.917.711.812.5125013.720.920.612.313.7160012.720.820.611.812.7200013.5232311.913.5250012.718.518.512.312.7315012.918.118.113.112.9400013.215.315.413.213.2500013.214.414.313.413.2630013.614.113.913.413.6800013.813.913.913.613.81000013.713.613.71413.71250013.613.613.516.313.6160001313.113.113.713SPL25.230.430.324.925.2N0.61.21.20.60.6median 13.2median 16.5median 16.3median 13.1median 13.2Delta11.51.70.91hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the surface temperatures of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 reach up to 47 °C (116.6 °F) under load. The underside of the notebook becomes quite warm, but it never gets so hot that you cannot place the device in your lap.

During our stress test, the temperatures inside the device hit 97 °C (206.6 °F). Shortly after the beginning of the stress test, the clock rates dropped to 1.1 GHz but later managed to stabilise at 2.4 GHz. Because such utilisation levels are very unlikely to occur in real life, users should not experience any problems related to thermal throttling in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C
96 F
41.7 °C
107 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
35 °C
95 F
27.7 °C
82 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
26.7 °C
80 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
36 °C
97 F
47 °C
117 F
38 °C
100 F
29.6 °C
85 F
39.3 °C
103 F
36 °C
97 F
24.1 °C
75 F
27.6 °C
82 F
27.7 °C
82 F
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.2 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 29.5 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.5 °C / 85 F.
(+) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.4 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 29.5 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.7 °C / 80.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (+1.2 °C / 2.1 F).
Heat distribution when idle - top
Heat distribution when idle - top
Heat distribution when idle - bottom
Heat distribution when idle - bottom
Heat distribution under load - top
Heat distribution under load - top
Heat distribution under load - bottom
Heat distribution under load - bottom
Heat distribution (Witcher 3) - top
Heat distribution (Witcher 3) - top
Heat distribution (Witcher 3) - bottom
Heat distribution (Witcher 3) - bottom

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The speakers of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 offer a mediocre volume and very little base. The medium and high frequencies are overrepresented. The speakers can be used in quiet environments. We recommend you get a pair of headphones or external speakers if you want to use the E15 Gen 2 for media consumption on a regular basis.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202625.6262528.227.528.23128.62928.6402723.2275028.624.128.66321.920.421.98017.717.217.710019191912524.315.724.316029.713.629.720037.713.137.725055.512.455.531559.91259.940060.712.160.750057.712.157.763058.111.658.180062.11262.110006411.864125067.312.367.3160069.611.869.6200067.911.967.9250069.912.369.9315070.713.170.7400068.513.268.5500064.313.464.3630059.413.459.4800068.613.668.61000072.21472.21250072.916.372.91600063.413.763.4SPL8024.980N45.20.645.2median 63.4median 13.1median 63.4Delta9.90.99.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGEApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management - Tiger Lake chip lasts longer

Energy Consumption

According to our measurements, the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 has an average power draw of 8.2 watts when idle. Under load, the system draws 25 watts on average. The energy consumption peaks at 64 watts. This means that the included 65-watt power adapter will not able to charge the device under full load. As a matter of fact, during our stress test the battery was actually discharging even though the laptop was plugged in.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.33 / 3.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 8.2 / 10.3 Watt
Load midlight 25 / 64 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
R7 4700U, Vega 7, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
i7-1165G7, Xe MAX, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-0%
-11%
-22%
-56%
-26%
-2%
Idle Minimum *
4.4
3.5
20%
4.2
5%
3.4
23%
4
9%
4.18 (3 - 6, n=8)
5%
4.05 (1.3 - 9.9, n=118, last 2 years)
8%
Idle Average *
8.2
6.3
23%
7.8
5%
7.6
7%
15.5
-89%
7.5 (4.9 - 9, n=8)
9%
7.42 (3.5 - 17.4, n=118, last 2 years)
10%
Idle Maximum *
10.3
6.8
34%
10.7
-4%
14.2
-38%
16.2
-57%
11.2 (5.7 - 14.2, n=8)
-9%
9.22 (4.8 - 22.5, n=118, last 2 years)
10%
Load Average *
25
43.2
-73%
45.6
-82%
56
-124%
49.7
-99%
55.8 (25 - 74, n=8)
-123%
38.3 (9 - 85.6, n=116, last 2 years)
-53%
Load Maximum *
64
67.7
-6%
51.5
20%
50.4
21%
92.7
-45%
70.2 (50.4 - 91, n=8)
-10%
54.3 (13.2 - 131, n=118, last 2 years)
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52
41.2
41
52.2

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically oriented Wi-Fi test, the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 lasted for about 8 hours. The AMD model with the same 45-Wh battery did not last as long. All in all, this is a good result when compared to the rest of the competition, since most of the competing devices are only able to achieve longer battery runtimes because they feature bigger batteries.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 01min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
5h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 19min
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20TD002MGE
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, 45 Wh
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 73 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
R7 4700U, Vega 7, 45 Wh
Asus Zenbook 14 UX435EG
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX450, 63 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7506 2-in-1 Black Edition
i7-1165G7, Xe MAX, 68 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
23%
-37%
-21%
-4%
-7%
WiFi v1.3
481
912
90%
411
-15%
507
5%
583
21%
515 (241 - 1124, n=121, last 2 years)
7%
Load
139
78
-44%
59
-58%
73
-47%
98
-29%
111 (54 - 258, n=73, last 2 years)
-20%

Pros

+ lasts longer than the AMD model
+ good input devices
+ rigid housing
+ two SSD slots

Cons

- underside gets really warm
- only one RAM slot
- no SD card reader

Verdict - Decision to buy comes down to details

Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 mit Tiger-Lake-CPU. Device provided courtesy of: Cyberport
Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 mit Tiger-Lake-CPU. Device provided courtesy of: Cyberport

With the introduction of Tiger Lake CPUs, AMD chips are no longer the obvious better choice. The model with the Ryzen 7 4700U achieves higher scores in the multi-core benchmarks. However, the Intel variant does better in the single-core benchmarks and offers longer battery runtimes. Moreover, users who need a Thunderbolt port should go with the Intel version of the Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2.

The Tiger Lake chip gives the ThinkPad Gen 2 several advantages that the AMD processor cannot provide.

Whether you get an Intel or an AMD model does not really matter, because both versions of the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 offer what users expect: a reasonably priced, solid office notebook with good input devices. The Nvidia GeForce MX450 in our hardware configuration can handle more demanding 3D applications. Prospective buyers who were holding off on getting the ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 because of a missing Thunderbolt 4 port can now get the Intel model without any second thoughts.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is available in various hardware configurations in Lenovo’s online store. Prices start at $699.99.

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