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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 Laptop Review: Slim workstation with stronger GPU and weaker CPU

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 08/23/2019

Turing refresh with CPU weakness. Lenovo has introduced the second generation of its slim, high-end ThinkPad P1 workstation into the market. Included on board are the newest Nvidia Quadro GPUs based on Turing, significantly brighter display options, and the newest Intel processors. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 shows some weaknesses in the CPU performance, of all things.

It was only a year ago that Lenovo expanded its mobile workstation lineup by a completely new model, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1. In terms of its design, this was very different than the other P-series ThinkPads such as the ThinkPad P52. The ThinkPad P1 was supposed to combine the powerful Intel Coffee Lake H processors and Nvidia Quadro GPUs (Quadro P1000/P2000) with the relatively slim and light design of a ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Now the ThinkPad P1 goes into its second generation. The most important improvements compared to the predecessor generation include new graphics chips and processors, as well as new displays. In contrast, there are not many changes in the selection of competitors for our comparison: The HP ZBook Studio G5 and the Dell Precision 5530 are both from last year, since we have been unable to test their successors yet. Instead, we are adding the new Dell XPS 15 as a current competitor into our comparison.

The device we are testing has the model number 20QT000RGE. It contains a Core-i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB SSD, a Full HD LCD (500 cd/m² brightness), as well as the Nvidia Quadro T1000. This configuration costs regularly about 2400 Euros (~$2657). Eligible members of the Lenovo-Campus program will be able to purchase the same configuration for 2075 Euros (~$2297; a configuration with a smaller SSD currently starts at $1599 in the US).

Since Lenovo did not make any updates in the basic design of the ThinkPad P1 2nd Gen, this review is a test update. This means that we won't discuss the design, connection equipment, and the input devices in more detail. For information in these areas, we refer to our review of the similarly built Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme.

Note: We updated our rating system to v7 recently (see here) and the rating of the ThinkPad P1 2019 drops from 90 % to 88 %.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE (ThinkPad P1 2019 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1455 MHz, Memory: 1751 MHz, 1FB9, 431.40, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1 of 2 slots occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, N156HCE-GN1, IPS LED, glossy: no, HDR
Mainboard
Intel CM246
Storage
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIE NVMe, 1 of 2 M.2-2280 slots occupied, 437 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo port, Card Reader: 3-in-1 SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Lenovo Ethernet extension connector
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.4 x 361.8 x 245.7 ( = 0.72 x 14.24 x 9.67 in)
Battery
80 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared + ThinkShutter
Additional features
Speakers: 2 watts stereo, Keyboard: 6 row chiclet with 1.7 mm stroke, Keyboard Light: yes, 135 watt power supply, Lenovo Ethernet extension cable, Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office trial, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.718 kg ( = 60.6 oz / 3.79 pounds), Power Supply: 478 g ( = 16.86 oz / 1.05 pounds)
Price
2399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Size Comparison

361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.4 mm / 0.724 inch 1.7 kg3.79 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.1 kg4.61 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235.3 mm / 9.26 inch 16.82 mm / 0.662 inch 2 kg4.37 lbs
Right: smart card reader, SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type A, Kensington lock
Right: smart card reader, SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type A, Kensington lock
Left: slim-tip power connection, 2x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, mini-Ethernet, audio combo
Left: slim-tip power connection, 2x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, mini-Ethernet, audio combo
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
181 MB/s ∼100%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
172.4 MB/s ∼95% -5%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
166.23 MB/s ∼92% -8%
Average of class Workstation
  (17.2 - 213, n=65)
137 MB/s ∼76% -24%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
211.6 MB/s ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.2 MB/s ∼94%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.1 MB/s ∼91% -3%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190.7 MB/s ∼90% -4%
Average of class Workstation
  (18.4 - 255, n=64)
171 MB/s ∼81% -14%

Communication

In terms of the communication modules, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 includes the new Intel Wireless AX200. Naturally, this 2x2 WLAN card also supports the new Wi-Fiax or Wi-Fi 6 standard, which is supposed to enable significantly higher transfer rates. Unfortunately, we don't have the router necessary for this yet. While the ThinkPad P1 is able to achieve very good values in the Wi-Fi transfer rates, the Wi-Fi module is not used to its maximum potential yet. If you have a Wi-Fi 6 router, you should be able to expect significantly higher Wi-Fi speeds.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
674 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 (min: 328, max: 700) MBit/s ∼99% +7%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
663 MBit/s ∼98% +6%
Average of class Workstation
  (292 - 1557, n=53)
659 MBit/s ∼98% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
625 MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
706 MBit/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
648 MBit/s ∼92% -8%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
644 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
633 (min: 606, max: 660) MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Average of class Workstation
  (83 - 1642, n=53)
600 MBit/s ∼85% -15%

Display – Significantly brighter Full HD LCD for the ThinkPad P1 2019

Pixel grid N156HCE-GN1
Pixel grid N156HCE-GN1

With the second generation of the ThinkPad P1, Lenovo has significantly increased the selection of display options. In the predecessor model, you could only select among two display variants: a matte Full HD LCD (1920x1080) with 300 cd/m² and a glossy 4K UHD LCD (3840x2160) with 400 cd/m² and touch support. In contrast, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 is offered in four different 15.6-inch display options:

  • Full HD, IPS, 300 cd/m², 72% NTSC, matte
  • Full HD, IPS-HDR, 500 cd/m², 72% NTSC, matte
  • 4K UHD, IPS-HDR, 500 cd/m², 100% AdobeRGB, matte
  • 4K UHD, OLED-HDR, 350-400 cd/m², 100% DCI-P3, glossy, touch

Our test unit is equipped with the second option, a Full HD display specified with 500 cd/m². This very high brightness value is even surpassed by the panel from Innolux. We measure an average of 527 cd/m², making this panel significantly brighter than the Full HD IPS display that was used in the predecessor model and the ThinkPad X1 Extreme of the first generation. Even the 4K UHD LCDs of the workstation competitors from Dell and HP are not as bright. In this regard, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 is only surpassed by the current Dell XPS 15 with Full HD display.

The PWM that is present is negligible, since the measured frequency is extremely high at 26 kHz. The display shows only weak backlight bleeding, and the brightness distribution is also very even at 84%. Only in the upper area on the right side does the brightness drop slightly, but this is not noticeable with your bare eyes. 

The brightness control of the ThinkPad P1 2019 is not linear and drops extremely fast. Already at 90%, we only measure about 250 cd/m², and at 80% it is only ~150 cd/m². Here, the Dell XPS 15 has an advantage, since you can also make finer adjustments in the higher brightness ranges.

511
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
563
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
524
cd/m²
537
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N156HCE-GN1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 573 cd/m² Average: 527.6 cd/m² Minimum: 10 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 521 cd/m²
Contrast: 1322:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
91.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
N156HCE-GN1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
NV156FHM-N61, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
LQ156M1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Sharp SHP148D / LQ156D1, , 3840x2160, 15.6
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
AUO30EB, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Samsung 156WR04, SDCA029, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-76%
-93%
-92%
-106%
25%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.4 (17.2, 17.2)
52.8 (27.6, 25.2)
-53%
52.8 (25.6, 27.2)
-53%
48 (24.4, 23.6)
-40%
60.8 (30, 30.8)
-77%
2.3 (1.1, 1.2)
93%
Response Time Black / White *
14 (4.4, 9.6)
36 (19.6, 16.4)
-157%
32 (16.4, 15.6)
-129%
33.6 (19.6, 14)
-140%
32.8 (16.4, 16.4)
-134%
2.4 (1.1, 1.3)
83%
PWM Frequency
26040 (70)
21370 (99)
-18%
1020 (25)
-96%
1000
-96%
59.52 (100)
-100%
Screen
-26%
14%
-12%
-5%
-8%
Brightness middle
542
331
-39%
588
8%
451.7
-17%
417
-23%
421.2
-22%
Brightness
528
305
-42%
555
5%
440
-17%
412
-22%
417
-21%
Brightness Distribution
84
84
0%
89
6%
90
7%
85
1%
94
12%
Black Level *
0.41
0.24
41%
0.4
2%
0.4
2%
0.29
29%
Contrast
1322
1379
4%
1470
11%
1129
-15%
1438
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.5
5.6
-60%
2.5
29%
3.11
11%
4.4
-26%
6.06
-73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.8
9.9
-27%
6.3
19%
8.62
-11%
6.7
14%
11.89
-52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.3
3
-131%
0.6
54%
3.07
-136%
1.9
-46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.8
6.3
-31%
4.5
6%
3.7
23%
5
-4%
2.8
42%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.33 94%
2.2 100%
2.11 104%
2.28 96%
2.15 102%
CCT
7690 85%
7152 91%
6836 95%
6492 100%
7575 86%
6235 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58.8
58
-1%
63.2
7%
69
17%
62.3
6%
81
38%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.1
88.6
-3%
98
8%
98
8%
96
5%
99.6
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-51% / -37%
-40% / -9%
-52% / -29%
-56% / -21%
9% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

Color values
Color values
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscales
Grayscales
Color values (calibrated)
Color values (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)
Grayscales (calibrated)

Using the factory settings, the display has a slight blue tint. This can be removed completely with calibration. After the calibration, we really like the color reproduction, which is also due to the higher contrast of 1322:1. In addition, the 500-cd/m² display of the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 also supports HDR. This improves the color reproduction in HDR-compatible videos and games even more. However, a small weakness of the display lies in the image sharpness. While this is not abysmal, it is of course still far from a 4K UHD display. For 15.6 inches, the Full HD resolution is just barely sharp enough.

The color-space coverage of the display disappoints us a little. Although 91.1% of the sRGB color space is a good value, the current Dell XPS 15 with Full HD display is even better with 98% in this discipline. But you should still be able to use the display for simple image-processing. For more demanding tasks in this area, however, you should rather choose one of the 4K UHD display options.

sRGB: 91.1%
sRGB: 91.1%
AdobeRGB: 58.8%
AdobeRGB: 58.8%
Outdoor use (cloudy)
Outdoor use (cloudy)
Outdoor use (sunlight)
Outdoor use (sunlight)

A particular strength of the built-in display is being able to use it outdoors. The brightness values of more than 500 cd/m² and the matte display surface allow using the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 in sunlight – at least as long as the sun is not shining directly on the screen.

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
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 9.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 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 detected 26040 Hz ≤ 70 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 70 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Since this is an IPS panel, the colors are not inverted from extreme viewing angles. However, the LCD panel shows the IPS glow effect, changing the color temperature with a change of the viewing angle. While this may make the colors appear pale, it does not represent any limitation in everyday operation.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – Disappointing Intel CPU, very good Nvidia Quadro GPU

Lenovo's datasheet lists five different Intel processors for the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2: the Core i5-9400H, the Core i7-9750H, the Core i7-9850H, and the Xeon E-2276M. According to Lenovo's website, there is also supposed to be a Core i9 option (Core i9-9880H) with eight cores. However, currently only the Core i7-9750H and the Core i7-9850H are available. As graphics accelerator, there is either the Nvidia Quadro T1000 or the Nvidia Quadro T2000 Max-Q. In terms of the RAM, there is a maximum of 64 GB DDR4-2666 storage (two slots). ECC-RAM can only be inserted in the models with a Xeon processor. In terms of the storage solution, there continues to be two M.2-2280 slots with up to 4 TB SSD storage.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics 620
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-9850H is the most powerful mobile i7 processor of the current Coffee Lake Refresh generation, which Intel is marketing as the "9th generation of the Core-i CPUs." The four cores of this 45-watt processor continue to be manufactured in the 14++ nanometer process and have a clock speed of 2.6 to 4.6 GHz. You can compare it with other processors using our CPU benchmark list.

We are testing this processor for the first time in the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019. Unfortunately, it is unable to use its full potential. Although the ThinkPad laptop is able to use more than 70 watts for a short time in the Cinebench multi-core test, the consumption drops to the nominal TDP of 45 watts already after a few seconds. However, the system is not even able to maintain that value constantly. In the Cinebench loop, the consumption quickly drops to the 30 watt range, causing the clock speed to drop to only about 2.6 GHz. Even though the system recovers slightly over the course of the Cinebench endurance test, resulting in a temporary increase of the clock speed of about 2.8 to 3 GHz, the performance development of the processor is not good, overall. You should also note that the BIOS version in the original state delivered an even more unstable performance. After all the drivers and the BIOS were updated to the most current version (version 1.08 at the time of this test), the CPU performance stabilized slightly.

Overall, the CPU performance is very disappointing to us. Of course, the Core i9-9980HK in the Dell XPS 15 is in another league with its additional cores. But that the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 would remain behind its own predecessor model, the ThinkPad P1 2018, as well as all the other Dell and HP workstations from 2018, is a heavy blow against the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019. If there is no improvement in the CPU performance, at least it should not get worse. Lenovo clearly has some work to do catching up in terms of the software optimization and the adjustment of the cooling system.

The full extent of the CPU performance is also available in battery operation.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE Intel Core i7-9850H, Intel Core i7-9850H: Ø961 (896-1114)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS Intel Xeon E-2176M, Intel Xeon E-2176M: Ø1026 (1012.5-1120.61)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M Intel Xeon E-2176M, Intel Xeon E-2176M: Ø1024 (1006.14-1126.25)
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1018 (1008.9-1100.84)
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650 Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel Core i9-9980HK: Ø1314 (1090.6-1600.38)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
201 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H
  (192 - 197, n=3)
194 Points ∼97% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
193 Points ∼96%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
189 Points ∼94% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Intel Xeon E-2176M
187 Points ∼93% -3%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼87% -9%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H
175 Points ∼87% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H
174 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Workstation
  (117 - 214, n=101)
160 Points ∼80% -17%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1305 (min: 1090.6, max: 1369.3, 99th percentile: 1367.66) Points ∼100% +36%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Intel Core i7-8750H
1127 Points ∼86% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Intel Xeon E-2176M
1118 Points ∼86% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H
  (961 - 1272, n=3)
1114 Points ∼85% +16%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
1095 Points ∼84% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
961 (min: 896, max: 1114) Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H
850 Points ∼65% -12%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H
787 (min: 771.02, max: 810.57) Points ∼60% -18%
Average of class Workstation
  (260 - 1623, n=104)
774 Points ∼59% -19%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7169
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
9224 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6818
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
31938
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
42090 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6818 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
12.47 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
123.99 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.13 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
193 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
100 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
166 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
961 Points
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System Performance

In everyday operation, there is nothing to complain about in the system performance. The system always runs smoothly and also does a good job in the synthetic PCMark benchmarks.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
6110 Points ∼100% +21%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5736 Points ∼94% +14%
Average of class Workstation
  (2329 - 8528, n=44)
5180 Points ∼85% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
5033 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
5033 Points ∼82% 0%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4741 Points ∼78% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
4709 Points ∼77% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4415 Points ∼72% -12%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3096 Points ∼51% -38%
Productivity
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
7494 Points ∼100% +3%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
7281 Points ∼97% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
7243 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
7243 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (3998 - 8307, n=44)
7056 Points ∼94% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
6824 Points ∼91% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6775 Points ∼90% -6%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6771 Points ∼90% -7%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6573 Points ∼88% -9%
Essentials
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
9701 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
9566 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
9566 Points ∼99% 0%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
9000 Points ∼93% -6%
Average of class Workstation
  (5223 - 9917, n=44)
8575 Points ∼88% -10%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
8479 Points ∼87% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
8321 Points ∼86% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8090 Points ∼83% -15%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7739 Points ∼80% -19%
Score
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
5469 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5072 Points ∼93% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
5046 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
5046 Points ∼92% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (2817 - 6255, n=45)
4825 Points ∼88% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
4618 Points ∼84% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4467 Points ∼82% -11%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4462 Points ∼82% -12%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4105 Points ∼75% -19%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5357 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
5332 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
5332 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
5070 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Workstation
  (3311 - 5655, n=81)
4829 Points ∼90% -9%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4762 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
4666 Points ∼87% -12%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4453 Points ∼83% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
4404 Points ∼82% -17%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4175 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8300H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4150 Points ∼99% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
3986 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
3986 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (2320 - 5505, n=82)
3975 Points ∼95% 0%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
3831 Points ∼92% -4%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3799 Points ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Quadro P2000 Max-Q, E-2176M, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
3536 Points ∼85% -11%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3433 Points ∼82% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3986 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3897 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5332 points
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Storage Solution

Of the two M.2-2280 SSD slots, only one is occupied in the state of delivery. This slot is occupied by a 512-GB SSD from Western Digital. This PCIe NVMe SSD is extremely fast, so that even the well-known Samsung PM981 is not quite able to keep up with the Western Digital SSD.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
SK hynix PC400 512 GB
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Average WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-21%
-23%
-26%
-7%
-1%
Write 4K
162.2
108
-33%
97.75
-40%
102.7
-37%
104.3
-36%
157 (112 - 197, n=3)
-3%
Read 4K
43.71
37.24
-15%
41.21
-6%
38.32
-12%
45.23
3%
45.7 (42 - 51.3, n=3)
5%
Write Seq
2441
1476
-40%
1312
-46%
1417
-42%
1729
-29%
2040 (1715 - 2441, n=3)
-16%
Read Seq
1753
1367
-22%
1667
-5%
1289
-26%
1861
6%
2094 (1753 - 2464, n=3)
19%
Write 4K Q32T1
397.6
302.4
-24%
449.5
13%
278.9
-30%
509.2
28%
382 (318 - 429, n=3)
-4%
Read 4K Q32T1
519.7
375
-28%
327.4
-37%
348.8
-33%
388.5
-25%
490 (407 - 542, n=3)
-6%
Write Seq Q32T1
2519
2433
-3%
1385
-45%
1895
-25%
2813
12%
2525 (2519 - 2534, n=3)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
3448
3493
1%
2948
-15%
3352
-3%
2906
-16%
3456 (3438 - 3481, n=3)
0%
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G
Sequential Read: 2475 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2239 MB/s
512K Read: 1240 MB/s
512K Write: 1255 MB/s
4K Read: 42.85 MB/s
4K Write: 166.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 541.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 412.3 MB/s

Graphics Card

Nvidia Quadro P1000
Nvidia Quadro P1000

The Nvidia Quadro T1000 is a new professional graphics card for laptops that is based on the new graphics card generation with the "Turing" code name. In the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019, this represents the more affordable option with its 896 shader units. Optionally, the Nvidia Quadro T2000 Max-Q is also available. As the dedicated graphics chip, the Nvidia Quadro T1000 has a total of 4 GB of GDDR5 storage. You can compare it with other graphics chips in our GPU comparison list.

In terms of its performance, the Nvidia Quadro T1000 is placed clearly ahead of the Nvidia Quadro P2000 Max-Q, which was still the fastest GPU option in the ThinkPad P1 2018 predecessor model. So at least in terms of the GPU performance, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 represents a clear upgrade from the predecessor. On the other hand, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 in the Dell XPS 15 is faster than the Quadro T1000.

In battery operation, the ThinkPad P1 2019 is unable to use its full GPU performance. Instead of 10,211 points, it achieved 9,512 points in the 3DMark 11 test without the charger, which corresponds to an only slight limitation of the performance.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9980HK
12388 Points ∼100% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
10407 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
10407 Points ∼84% 0%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
8201 Points ∼66% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
8148 Points ∼66% -22%
Average of class Workstation
  (841 - 26465, n=114)
6818 Points ∼55% -34%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
5982 Points ∼48% -43%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9980HK
3353 Points ∼100% +18%
Average of class Workstation
  (566 - 7734, n=34)
3317 Points ∼99% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
2834 Points ∼85%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
2834 Points ∼85% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
2049 Points ∼61% -28%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
2046 Points ∼61% -28%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
1395 Points ∼42% -51%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9980HK
8532 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
7558 Points ∼89%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
7558 Points ∼89% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
6742 Points ∼79% -11%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
6741 Points ∼79% -11%
Average of class Workstation
  (752 - 20913, n=106)
5585 Points ∼65% -26%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
4756 Points ∼56% -37%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
48965 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
48965 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9980HK
45246 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
42598 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Workstation
  (5836 - 119052, n=106)
34431 Points ∼70% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
28679 Points ∼59% -41%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
21391 Points ∼44% -56%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
1444 Samples/s ∼100%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
1444 Samples/s ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
1277 Samples/s ∼88% -12%
Average of class Workstation
  (49 - 2840, n=88)
897 Samples/s ∼62% -38%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
870 Samples/s ∼60% -40%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
712 Samples/s ∼49% -51%
Sala GPUs-only
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
2969 Samples/s ∼100%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
2969 Samples/s ∼100% 0%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
2747 Samples/s ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
2617 Samples/s ∼88% -12%
Average of class Workstation
  (48 - 5927, n=89)
1688 Samples/s ∼57% -43%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
1260 Samples/s ∼42% -58%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
26.61 fps ∼100% +6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
25 fps ∼94% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
24.99 fps ∼94%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.99 - 79.4, n=89)
23.7 fps ∼89% -5%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
22.84 fps ∼86% -9%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
14.89 fps ∼56% -40%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
59.21 fps ∼100% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
47.5 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
47.5 fps ∼80% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
47.2 fps ∼80% -1%
Average of class Workstation
  (5.4 - 148, n=90)
46.9 fps ∼79% -1%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
36.99 fps ∼62% -22%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
6.43 fps ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
5.79 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
5.79 fps ∼90% 0%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
5.27 fps ∼82% -9%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.06 - 16.9, n=90)
4.88 fps ∼76% -16%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
3.66 fps ∼57% -37%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
75 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
74.99 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
64.99 fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Workstation
  (14 - 160, n=90)
58.2 fps ∼78% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
55.69 fps ∼74% -26%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
51.22 fps ∼68% -32%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
82.4 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
82.39 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
69.61 fps ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
64.5 fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Workstation
  (13.4 - 197, n=90)
63.9 fps ∼78% -22%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
54.04 fps ∼66% -34%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
85.53 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
85.5 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (11.4 - 184, n=22)
68.8 fps ∼80% -20%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
50.84 fps ∼59% -41%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (37.3 - 189, n=25)
99.6 fps ∼100% +12%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
89.2 fps ∼90% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
89.18 fps ∼90%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
76.64 fps ∼77% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
72.76 fps ∼73% -18%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Average of class Workstation
  (36.4 - 396, n=25)
174 fps ∼100% +36%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
128 fps ∼74% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
127.83 fps ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
102.92 fps ∼59% -19%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
102.58 fps ∼59% -20%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (12.6 - 97.3, n=25)
49.3 fps ∼100% +40%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
35.3 fps ∼72% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
35.27 fps ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
29.94 fps ∼61% -15%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
27.23 fps ∼55% -23%
Medical (medical-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (6.8 - 81.3, n=25)
35.7 fps ∼100% +7%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
33.5 fps ∼94% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
33.45 fps ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
16.21 fps ∼45% -52%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
13.58 fps ∼38% -59%
Maya (maya-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (29.4 - 255, n=25)
126 fps ∼100% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
101.04 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
101 fps ∼80% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
81.45 fps ∼65% -19%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
70.99 fps ∼56% -30%
Energy (energy-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (0.72 - 38, n=25)
14.1 fps ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
12 fps ∼85%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
12 fps ∼85% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
4.97 fps ∼35% -59%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
3.28 fps ∼23% -73%
Creo (creo-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.8 - 248, n=25)
126 fps ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
99.93 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
99.9 fps ∼79% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
74.08 fps ∼59% -26%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
66.94 fps ∼53% -33%
Catia (catia-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.7 - 302, n=25)
141 fps ∼100% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
121.33 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
121 fps ∼86% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
96.37 fps ∼68% -21%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
78.13 fps ∼55% -36%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Average of class Workstation
  (20 - 182, n=25)
96.1 fps ∼100% +15%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
83.9 fps ∼87% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9850H
83.89 fps ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Intel Xeon E-2176M
63.78 fps ∼66% -24%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, Intel Core i7-8750H
50.71 fps ∼53% -40%
3DMark 06 Standard
33809 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
31509 points
3DMark 11 Performance
10211 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
76341 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
23601 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6812 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3006 points
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Gaming Performance

Without a doubt, you can consider the Nvidia Quadro T1000 a gaming-capable GPU. Although you cannot display games smoothly in 4K UHD resolution, in the native Full HD resolution, you can also play current games in high or even maximum detail settings. According to our gaming benchmarks, the Quadro T1000 is also faster than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q of last year's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, while the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 of the Dell XPS 15 7590 is significantly ahead in this area. 

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
64.8 fps ∼100% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
52.7 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
52.7 fps ∼81% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
45.1 fps ∼70% -14%
Average of class Workstation
  (8 - 145, n=63)
44 fps ∼68% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q
32 fps ∼49% -39%
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA Quadro P1000
29.5 fps ∼46% -44%

Similar to the Cinebench loop for the CPU, we simulate a constant GPU load with the game The Witcher 3. In this constant load test, the system did not have to throttle the GPU performance at any time.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 9850H, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G; The Witcher 3: Ø29.7 (28-32)
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 280.38 209.96 184.69 72.92 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 156.2 94.1 52.7 30.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 134 115 113 106 47.9 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 190.3 159.6 111.6 97.9 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 136.16 85.97 53.41 43.8 fps
For Honor (2017) 163.4 66.7 63.9 48.8 fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 94 47.2 43.9 24.2 fps
Rocket League (2017) 246.4 150.7 117 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 77.4 41.9 31.1 fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 93.7 49.3 40.5 30.7 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 91 78 69 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 88 46 40 35 fps
FIFA 19 (2018) 148 119.2 113.5 110.8 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 57 40 35 29 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 61.5 43.2 37.8 35 fps
Farming Simulator 19 (2018) 182.4 106.7 86.3 66.5 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 143.7 73.8 57.8 55.9 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 77 48 46 43 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 185.2 80.7 63.7 36.3 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 39 36 29 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 69.6 52.8 37.2 20 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 118 73 61 49 fps

Emissions – Hardly any fan noise, but instead there is coil whine in the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

Noise Emissions

In terms of the fan noise, there is really nothing to complain about in the Lenovo ThinkPad P1. During idle operation, the fan remains constantly turned off, and under load it remains rather restrained. However, the latter also has a negative side, since a more active fan might possibly contribute to a better performance of the processor. Lenovo might perhaps think about carefully increasing the fan speed under load.

Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 suffers from coil whine, which can be noticed if you sit in front of the laptop in a completely silent room.

Noise Level

Idle
28.8 / 28.8 / 28.8 dB(A)
Load
36.1 / 36.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.830.931.130.128.22528.129.530.427.529.63126.524.625.324.928.84024.822.724.823.728.65027.926.525.625.430.46325.524.722.923.826.68024.723.623.223.424.810023.823.223.423.62312524.323.923.223.224.116022.922.221.521.923.320024.421.32421.423.725024.721.924.421.424.331523.722.523.320.323.340024.220.622.719.823.950024.821.223.21924.763024.121.423.718.624.180023.920.722.518.123.3100023.820.423.117.723.8125025.321.324.617.325.3160025.821.924.416.526.1200026.821.625.41626.8250025.520.624.515.825.2315025.620.825.115.525.3400026.219.826.615.326.250002417.623.915.323.9630022.416.822.415.322.2800019.515.619.915.219.51000018.315.218.514.918.11250016.41516.714.816.41600015.514.815.814.715.4SPL36.732.336.128.836.6N2.61.72.41.22.5median 24.1median 20.8median 23.3median 17.3median 23.9Delta1.71.91.42.71.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

The exterior of the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 warms to a maximum of 51.5 °C (~125 °F) in our The Witcher 3 test, with the maximum heat measured at the bottom near the hinges. Fortunately, the palm rest remains relatively cool, so that you can also keep using the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop comfortably under load. However, you might want to avoid using it on your lap under load, since it can become uncomfortably hot after a while.

In the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 is initially able to reach a CPU clock speed of 3.4 GHz on all six cores, resulting in a processor consumption of 55 watts. However, after a few seconds the CPU temperatures already increase to 97 °C (~207 °F), so that the CPU has to lower its speed and consumption. After 10 minutes of the stress test, the clock speeds vary between 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz, with consumption between 17 and 30 watts. The CPU remains in this state, with the temperatures reaching a maximum of 75 °C (167 °F). In contrast to the main processor, the GPU does not have to reduce its clock speed at any time.

The 3DMark 11 benchmark performed right after the stress test produced a normal result, so that the throttling we saw in the stress test should not play any role in everyday operation.

Max. Load
 41.9 °C
107 F
44.7 °C
112 F
42.7 °C
109 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
42.3 °C
108 F
39.7 °C
103 F
 
 28.1 °C
83 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28.9 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
41.8 °C
107 F
49.4 °C
121 F
43.7 °C
111 F
36.5 °C
98 F
39.8 °C
104 F
38.7 °C
102 F
30.2 °C
86 F
31.2 °C
88 F
30.1 °C
86 F
Maximum: 49.4 °C = 121 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.3 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 31.3 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.7 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 37.2 °C / 99 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49.4 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 40.4 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.6 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 31.3 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 31.3 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-2.3 °C / -4.2 F).
Load (top)
Load (top)
Load (bottom)
Load (bottom)

Speakers

Lenovo has continued to place the speakers at the bottom. Compared to the predecessor model, nothing is supposed to have changed in the hardware itself. Lenovo did not introduce a quad-speaker system in this model, as it did in the current ThinkPad X1 Carbon. However, we still notice a slight improvement of the sound quality compared to the ThinkPad P1 2018. This might possibly be due to the Dolby Atmos software, which Lenovo has installed in the new P1. For a laptop, the speakers are fairly good overall, even though their position at the bottom is not quite ideal. Instead of the speakers, you can also use a flawlessly functioning combo audio port to connect external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.130.42527.531.33124.927.64023.726.95025.426.16323.824.68023.427.610023.636.212523.241.616021.944.320021.451.725021.456.531520.359.840019.859.65001958.763018.664.380018.167.2100017.763.9125017.365.5160016.561.420001662.4250015.860.7315015.558.5400015.362.7500015.357.4630015.356.5800015.258.51000014.951.11250014.8541600014.746.2SPL28.874N1.234median 17.3median 58.5Delta2.74.936.937.136.933.331.933.334.533.134.534323431.231.431.232.130.932.133.930.333.93629.9363928.63946.62846.648.127.248.152.826.552.85825.25859.825.459.860.625.160.660.22460.269.123.669.168.523.568.562.523.662.559.923.359.957.423.157.458.723.158.759.42359.454.223.154.252.92352.954.123.154.155.82355.856.322.956.352.522.952.545.422.845.473.735.673.731.42.531.4median 56.3median 23.5median 56.34.81.94.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGELenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.65 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management – Lenovo ThinkPad P1 continues to have an average battery life

Power Consumption

Full HD displays conserve power compared to 4K UHD displays. That is why the high power consumption values of the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 were so surprising to us, since the ThinkPad laptop consumed significantly more power than all the other comparison devices. We tested most of these comparison laptops with a 4K UHD display, but still the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 was clearly surpassed. 

The maximum consumption is 123.7 watts. With this, the consumption remains within the limits posed by the 135-watt power supply. In addition, this maximum consumption is only a load peak. In the stress test, the consumption quickly drops to about 105 watts, and at the end of the stress test, it still lies at 87 watts. In our The Witcher 3 test, we measured a consumption of 85 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.09 / 0.78 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 13.7 / 17.5 / 20.9 Watt
Load midlight 77.2 / 123.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
9850H, Quadro T1000 (Laptop), WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
E-2176M, Quadro P2000 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB2T0HMLB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
E-2176M, Quadro P2000, SK hynix PC400 512 GB, IGZO, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
8750H, Quadro P1000, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
9980HK, GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.6
Average NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
 
Average of class Workstation
 
Power Consumption
35%
21%
5%
23%
11%
0%
-7%
Idle Minimum *
13.7
4.14
70%
7.1
48%
9.8
28%
6.8
50%
6.2
55%
13.7
-0%
13.2 (2.4 - 65.2, n=136)
4%
Idle Average *
17.5
7.3
58%
14.4
18%
16.8
4%
11.3
35%
9.6
45%
17.5
-0%
19.1 (4.94 - 69, n=135)
-9%
Idle Maximum *
20.9
11.5
45%
14.6
30%
16.9
19%
14.3
32%
21.2
-1%
20.9
-0%
22.4 (7.1 - 73.1, n=136)
-7%
Load Average *
77.2
78.8
-2%
93.9
-22%
102.3
-33%
78
-1%
104.3
-35%
77.2
-0%
88 (34.4 - 185, n=134)
-14%
Load Maximum *
123.7
118
5%
88.3
29%
114.5
7%
126
-2%
135.3
-9%
124
-0%
133 (43.5 - 336, n=134)
-8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
82
77.9
76.5
64
91.7

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Even though the measurements of the power consumption are not good, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 still does okay in terms of the battery life. Compared to the ThinkPad P1 Gen 1 predecessor model, Lenovo is able to get significantly more out of the unchanged 80 Wh battery in the new model. But of course the predecessor was equipped with a 4K UHD display. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2018 we were able to test with the Full HD display turned out to be about as good as the ThinkPad P1 2019. On the other hand, the Dell XPS 15 7590 with Full HD LCD, which also has a larger battery, does significantly better. While the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 drops out after slightly less than nine hours in the Wi-Fi test, the XPS 15 runs for more than 14 hours in the same test. 

In addition to the regular Wi-Fi test that is run with a display brightness of 150 cd/m² as usual, we also repeated the Wi-Fi test with the maximum display brightness. In this case, the ThinkPad P1 G2 still achieved a battery life of about 6.5 hours.

Time to completely recharge: 125 minutes
Time to completely recharge: 125 minutes
Wi-Fi test with full LCD brightness: 402 minutes
Wi-Fi test with full LCD brightness: 402 minutes
SPECviewperf battery test: 94 minutes
SPECviewperf battery test: 94 minutes
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
8h 52min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
6h 42min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 19min
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
9850H, Quadro T1000 (Laptop), 80 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 80 Wh
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
9300H, UHD Graphics 630, 97 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P1-20MD002LUS
E-2176M, Quadro P2000 Max-Q, 80 Wh
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
E-2176M, Quadro P2000, 97 Wh
HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA
8750H, Quadro P1000, 97 Wh
Average of class Workstation
 
Battery Runtime
16%
58%
-40%
17%
24%
-10%
Reader / Idle
1261
991
1036
620 (63 - 2360, n=124)
H.264
560
576
3%
1053
88%
544
-3%
418 (123 - 1131, n=65)
-25%
WiFi v1.3
532
562
6%
844
59%
320
-40%
501
-6%
582
9%
417 (106 - 974, n=76)
-22%
Load
79
110
39%
100
27%
110
39%
131
66%
91.4 (22 - 323, n=123)
16%

Pros

+ high-quality and robust aluminum/GRP case
+ excellent input devices
+ good variety of connections
+ matte FHD-HDR LCD with very high brightness
+ quiet cooling
+ easy maintenance/upgrades
+ significantly better GPU performance than the 2018 ThinkPad P1
+ up to 64 GB of RAM
+ two PCIe x4 M.2 slots
+ three years of warranty

Cons

- worse CPU performance than the predecessor model
- less than 100% of sRGB
- coil whine
- no WWAN
- mediocre battery life
- very expensive

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (2019). Test unit provided by campuspoint.
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (2019). Test unit provided by campuspoint.

Since the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019 is only an update of its direct predecessor model, the ThinkPad P1 2018, the verdict turns out to a large extent very similar. The only differences lie in some details.

The case that is manufactured from carbon, magnesium, and aluminum continues to be of high quality, and in contrast to the predecessor that had a touchscreen, the display lid does not creak. The matte, black case contains excellent input devices and numerous connections. In addition, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 continues to be easy to maintain and upgrade (2x SO-DIMM RAM, 2x 2280-M.2 SSD). New in this year are some display options, such as the Full HD HDR display in our test unit, which convinces with an extremely high brightness of more than 500 cd/m². It is unfortunate that it does not cover 100% of the sRGB color space. Also new is the Quadro T1000, which as an entry-level solution for the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 is still faster than the Nvidia Quadro P2000 Max-Q of the predecessor. Other positive points are the quietness of the cooling system and the warranty period of three years.

As a major negative point in the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, the CPU performance clearly stands out. It is not abysmal, but quite the opposite: The ThinkPad P1 2019 is a very powerful laptop. However, overall we still need to point out that the CPU performance remains below that of the predecessor model. So in this regard, the new ThinkPad P1 is not an upgrade at all. Additional negative points include the lack of a WWAN option, the mediocre battery life, the high purchase price, and the annoying coil whine.

Worse CPU but better GPU and significantly brighter display: The changes of the ThinkPad P1 (2019) compared to its predecessor can be summarized in this way.

If you weigh the negative points against the positive characteristics, the positives clearly win in the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2. Buyers will receive an extremely high-quality and very well-equipped mobile workstation with an incredibly bright display. Compared to the ThinkPad P1 2018 and many older workstation laptops of similar builds, mainly the Nvidia Quadro T1000 represents a good performance upgrade, while the CPU performance is the weak spot of the ThinkPad P1 2019.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE - 10/22/2019 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
95%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
73 / 80 → 92%
Weight
66 / 10-66 → 100%
Battery
83 / 95 → 87%
Display
88%
Games Performance
78%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
87 / 95 → 92%
Noise
85 / 90 → 94%<