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Lenovo ThinkPad P14s shows: AMD Ryzen Pro can work in workstations

Lenovo ThinkPad P14s shows: AMD Ryzen Pro can work in workstations
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s shows: AMD Ryzen Pro can work in workstations
AMD Ryzen CPUs have taken parts of the market by storm since Ryzen 4000 came out. One area that has been left largely untouched: Mobile workstation. Too bad, as the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 1 shows that AMD Ryzen and workstation could go great together.
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AMD has expanded its processor portfolio step by step in the last years. For business laptops, AMD has brought out Ryzen Pro chips to rival Intel vPro. For more performance oriented consumer machines, there is the Ryzen H series that is optimized for maximum performance.

What is missing is a combination of the two: Powerful AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs of the H series. Such mobile workstation CPUs are not there in AMD's selection of CPUs, so AMD is essentially ceding this market to Intel. It likely is not a coincidence that there is no HP ZBook, Dell Precision or Lenovo ThinkPad P series with AMD processors.

There is a small exception though: The Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 1 is sold by Lenovo with Intel and AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs. The ThinkPad P14s is a compact entry-level workstation with U CPUs, which enables the usage of AMD CPUs.

In our comprehensive review of the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s AMD, we observed some platform-specific limitations, such as the missing Thunderbolt port or the lack of a dedicated GPU. Luckily, the integrated AMD Radeon GPU can deliver roughly the same GPU performance as the low-end Nvidia Quadro of the Intel counterpart, and the CPU performance is absolutely phenomenal compared with the ThinkPad P14s Intel.

We hope that AMD tries to tackle the workstation sector in the year 2022 and that we see more than just the ultrabook workstation P14s. Maybe this will be the right time for AMD workstations, as it is rumored that AMD will adopt USB 4.0 in 2022 as well.

The ThinkPad P14s AMD is available over at Amazon.com.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 895 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2021-03-26 (Update: 2021-03-23)