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Lenovo ThinkPad P43s laptop review: The mobile workstation's display and performance disappoint

Slowed-down ThinkPad. Lenovo's mobile workstation scores points with great input devices, good battery life and a Thunderbolt 3 port. But the laptop isn't able to reach its full performance potential.
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The Lenovo ThinkPad P43s belongs to the category of slim, 14-inch mobile workstations. The device is identical in construction to the ThinkPad T490 sister model. A Core i7-8565U processor and a Quadro P520 graphics core are on board. The laptop's rival is the recently reviewed HP ZBook 14u G6.

Since the T490 and P43s are built identically, we won't go into the case, the connectivity, the input devices and the speakers. The corresponding information can be found in our review of the ThinkPad T490

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Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Processor
Intel Core i7-8565U 4 x 1.8 - 4.6 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro P520 - 2048 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR5, 64-bit interface, Nvidia 431.94, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 2400, single-channel, one memory slot (free), 8 GB soldered
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Lenovo N140HCA-EAC, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G, 256 GB 
, 211 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC257 @ Intel Cannon Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.9 x 329 x 227 ( = 0.74 x 12.95 x 8.94 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 4372 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.55 V
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.531 kg ( = 54 oz / 3.38 pounds), Power Supply: 355 g ( = 12.52 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
1249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80.1 %
10/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
i7-8565U, Quadro P520
1.5 kg18.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
81 %
10/2019
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
i7-8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080

Size comparison

354 mm / 13.9 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.5 kg3.38 lbs329 mm / 13 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.21 lbs326 mm / 12.8 inch 234.4 mm / 9.23 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.26 lbs
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Workstation
  (60.6 - 220, n=26, last 2 years)
134 MB/s ∼100% +70%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
128.6 MB/s ∼96% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
78.8 MB/s ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
77.8 MB/s ∼58% -1%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
206.5 MB/s ∼100% +145%
Average of class Workstation
  (83.7 - 244, n=25, last 2 years)
152 MB/s ∼74% +80%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.3 MB/s ∼41% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
84.3 MB/s ∼41%
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Workstation
  (646 - 1595, n=33, last 2 years)
1192 MBit/s ∼100% +83%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼57% +4%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
676 MBit/s ∼57% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼55%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
510 MBit/s ∼43% -22%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Workstation
  (579 - 1553, n=33, last 2 years)
1285 MBit/s ∼100% +114%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼51% +9%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
644 MBit/s ∼50% +7%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
609 MBit/s ∼47% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
600 MBit/s ∼47%

Display - P43s with dim IPS display

The 14-inch screen of the Lenovo P43s works at a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. While the display provides a good contrast (1365:1), the brightness (213.6 cd/m²) is far too low. We expect a value beyond 300 cd/m² here. This is particularly demanded by the laptop's price point.

Unfortunately, the display flickers at a frequency of 24,750 Hz at brightness levels of 40% and below. At this high frequency, even sensitive users shouldn't be troubled by headaches and/or eye problems.

Pixel array
Pixel array
206
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Lenovo N140HCA-EAC
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 232 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 213.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 232 cd/m²
Contrast: 1365:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.9 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 4.4
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
62.8% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
40.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
43.68% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
63.08% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
42.23% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 1.98
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
IGZO IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Display
63%
55%
101%
Display P3 Coverage
42.23
69.66
65%
69.28
64%
91.17
116%
sRGB Coverage
63.08
99.64
58%
92.17
46%
99.93
58%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
43.68
71.86
65%
67.44
54%
99.45
128%
Response Times
20%
-73%
-46%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42.6 ?(22, 20.4)
40.4 ?(20.4, 20)
5%
74 ?(33.6, 40.4)
-74%
49.6 ?(25.2, 24.4)
-16%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 ?(17.2, 12.4)
19.2 ?(8.4, 10.8)
35%
45.6 ?(22.8, 22.8)
-54%
37.6 ?(20.4, 17.2)
-27%
PWM Frequency
24750 ?(40)
2451 ?(50)
-90%
990.1 ?(25)
-96%
Screen
40%
32%
36%
Brightness middle
232
437
88%
418
80%
430.9
86%
Brightness
214
420
96%
400
87%
398
86%
Brightness Distribution
89
92
3%
88
-1%
79
-11%
Black Level *
0.17
0.31
-82%
0.24
-41%
0.35
-106%
Contrast
1365
1410
3%
1742
28%
1231
-10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.9
2.6
56%
4.7
20%
3.29
44%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
20.3
6.5
68%
8.7
57%
7.46
63%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
4.4
0.8
82%
2.1
52%
3.58
19%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.8
4.5
6%
5.9
-23%
2.6
46%
Gamma
1.98 111%
2.2 100%
2.06 107%
2.19 100%
CCT
6226 104%
6809 95%
7350 88%
6870 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40.2
65.4
63%
59.9
49%
87.2
117%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.8
99.6
59%
92.1
47%
100
59%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
41% / 42%
5% / 18%
30% / 33%

* ... smaller is better

Out of the box, the ThinkPad's display shows a very acceptable color reproduction. However, with a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 5.9, the target (DeltaE less than 3) is missed. Calibration can be used to slightly improve color reproduction, making the color deviation drop to a value of 4.4 and the grayscales be displayed in a much more balanced way. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces are not fully mapped. The coverage rates are 40.2% (AdobeRGB) and 62.8% (sRGB), respectively. 

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
ThinkPad vs. AdobeRGB
ThinkPad vs. AdobeRGB
ThinkPad vs. sRGB
ThinkPad vs. sRGB

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
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 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 24750 Hz ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 24750 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 24750 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21033 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Lenovo has equipped the ThinkPad with an IPS panel that has stable viewing angles. In this way, the screen can be read from any position. Outdoors, the display can only be read when the sun isn't shining too brightly due to the low display brightness.

The ThinkPad outdoors
The ThinkPad outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - The ThinkPad is unable to reach its full potential

With the ThinkPad P43s, Lenovo has a 14-inch workstation in its range. The review device provided to us is available for about 1,700 Euros (~$1,891). Other configuration variants are available, and prices start at around 1,350 Euros (~$1,502).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
Intel XTU
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The ThinkPad comes with a Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake) quad-core processor. The CPU runs at a base speed of 1.8 GHz. Turbo can be used to increase it to 4.1 GHz (all four cores), 4.5 GHz (two cores) and 4.6 GHz (one core), respectively. 

The multithread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks are run for a few seconds at 3.1 to 3.3 GHz. The clock speed then drops to 1.8 to 2 GHz. The single-thread tests are processed for a short time at 3.8 to 4.2 GHz. Afterwards, the speed drops to 3.5 to 3.6 GHz. On battery power, the speeds are 1.9 GHz (multithread) and 1.5 to 1.9 GHz (single-thread), respectively. 

Multithread (plugged in)
Multithread (plugged in)
Single-thread (plugged in)
Single-thread (plugged in)
Multithread (on battery power)
Multithread (on battery power)
Single-thread (on battery power)
Single-thread (on battery power)

We test whether Turbo is also used consistently when plugged in by running Cinebench's R15 multithread test continuously in a loop for a minimum of 30 minutes. The results fall slightly from the first to the second run and then remain at a constant level. Turbo is used to a very small extent. Furthermore, the ThinkPad manages to undercut the already poor results of the HP ZBook 14 G6.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø420 (415.34-452.98)
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø473 (469.58-493.18)
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø639 (632-673)
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 Intel Core i7-8706G, Intel Core i7-8706G: Ø748 (717.21-781.39)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6128
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
13806
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4531
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
452 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
26.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
155 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Workstation
  (180 - 244, n=37, last 2 years)
210 Points ∼100% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
180 Points ∼86% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (138 - 193, n=51)
173 Points ∼82% +12%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
172 Points ∼82% +11%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
169 Points ∼80% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
155 Points ∼74%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Workstation
  (675 - 2192, n=38, last 2 years)
1389 Points ∼100% +207%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
781 Points ∼56% +73%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
680 (592.15min - 661.89max) Points ∼49% +50%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (452 - 815, n=52)
612 Points ∼44% +35%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
493 Points ∼35% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
452 Points ∼33%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average of class Workstation
  (6971 - 7865, n=3, last 2 years)
7515 Points ∼100% +23%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2682 - 8906, n=16)
6571 Points ∼87% +7%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
6549 Points ∼87% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
6128 Points ∼82%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
5996 Points ∼80% -2%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average of class Workstation
  (36274 - 44583, n=3, last 2 years)
40099 Points ∼100% +190%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
24130 Points ∼60% +75%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (13806 - 23118, n=16)
17608 Points ∼44% +28%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
14355 Points ∼36% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
13806 Points ∼34%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Workstation
  (440 - 622, n=35, last 2 years)
521 Points ∼100% +39%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
447 Points ∼86% +20%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (342 - 472, n=20)
409 Points ∼79% +9%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
393 Points ∼75% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
374 Points ∼72%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Workstation
  (1602 - 5180, n=35, last 2 years)
3241 Points ∼100% +228%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
1518 Points ∼47% +54%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (954 - 1645, n=20)
1257 Points ∼39% +27%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
1130 Points ∼35% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
988 Points ∼30%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (last 2 years)
31724 Points ∼100% +177%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
12367 Points ∼39% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (10521 - 13703, n=12)
12071 Points ∼38% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
11469 Points ∼36%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (last 2 years)
4871 Points ∼100% +45%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (3340 - 4820, n=12)
3882 Points ∼80% +16%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
3578 Points ∼73% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
3355 Points ∼69%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (20241 - 33776, n=9, last 2 years)
28907 Points ∼100% +117%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
16256 Points ∼56% +22%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
15301 Points ∼53% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (8142 - 16968, n=30)
14179 Points ∼49% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
13317 Points ∼46% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
13297 Points ∼46%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (5200 - 6286, n=9, last 2 years)
5766 Points ∼100% +13%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
5171 Points ∼90% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
5096 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2357 - 5547, n=30)
5053 Points ∼88% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U
5019 Points ∼87% -2%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G
5011 Points ∼87% -2%
Geekbench 5.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (5097 - 8541, n=9, last 2 years)
7239 Points ∼100% +116%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
3357 Points ∼46%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (2643 - 3803, n=5)
3228 Points ∼45% -4%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
3176 Points ∼44% -5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Workstation
  (1209 - 1484, n=9, last 2 years)
1310 Points ∼100% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
1211 Points ∼92%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
1197 Points ∼91% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (1103 - 1229, n=5)
1186 Points ∼91% -2%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
1281.7 ms * ∼100%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
1172.4 ms * ∼91% +9%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1096.8 ms * ∼86% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (730 - 2622, n=43)
1096 ms * ∼86% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge)
999.6 ms * ∼78% +22%
Average of class Workstation
  (598 - 1100, n=34, last 2 years)
730 ms * ∼57% +43%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Workstation
  (32315 - 72523, n=14, last 2 years)
53148 Points ∼100% +81%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge)
37591 Points ∼71% +28%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (13935 - 49795, n=42)
34603 Points ∼65% +18%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
34031 Points ∼64% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
29410 Points ∼55%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
28486 Points ∼54% -3%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Workstation
  (237 - 301, n=6, last 2 years)
269 Points ∼100% +16%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
248.86 Points ∼93% +7%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
246.2 Points ∼92% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (108 - 277, n=37)
238 Points ∼88% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 44)
231.75 Points ∼86%

* ... smaller is better

System performance

In everyday use, the deficiencies in performance aren't noticeable. The system runs well and smoothly. However, the unsatisfactory results of the PCMark benchmarks illustrate the problems of the P43s. In this way, the results lag behind those of comparable laptops. The workstation is clearly beaten by its sister model - the devices should be on par.

In addition, Lenovo has left some of the performance unused since it's done without the usage of dual-channel mode. The latter could be activated by installing an additional memory module.

Dual-channel mode can be enabled by installing a memory module.
Dual-channel mode can be enabled by installing a memory module.
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3313 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3501 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4918 points
PCMark 10 Score
3092 points
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PCMark 10
Score
Average of class Workstation
  (4096 - 7156, n=34, last 2 years)
5647 Points ∼100% +83%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4760 Points ∼84% +54%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4413 Points ∼78% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4341 Points ∼77% +40%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3092 - 4374, n=2)
3733 Points ∼66% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
3092 Points ∼55%
Essentials
Average of class Workstation
  (8059 - 10894, n=34, last 2 years)
9527 Points ∼100% +49%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8350 Points ∼88% +31%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8317 Points ∼87% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7981 Points ∼84% +25%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (6389 - 8612, n=2)
7501 Points ∼79% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
6389 Points ∼67%
Productivity
Average of class Workstation
  (6426 - 9604, n=34, last 2 years)
8094 Points ∼100% +50%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7429 Points ∼92% +38%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7392 Points ∼91% +37%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7009 Points ∼87% +30%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (5392 - 7345, n=2)
6369 Points ∼79% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
5392 Points ∼67%
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Workstation
  (3221 - 10441, n=34, last 2 years)
6546 Points ∼100% +181%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
5020 Points ∼77% +116%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3778 Points ∼58% +62%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3759 Points ∼57% +61%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (2329 - 3591, n=2)
2960 Points ∼45% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
2329 Points ∼36%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4052 Points ∼100% +22%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3954 Points ∼98% +19%
Average of class Workstation
  (3311 - 4487, n=16, last 2 years)
3895 Points ∼96% +18%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3313 - 3840, n=2)
3577 Points ∼88% +8%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3480 Points ∼86% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
3313 Points ∼82%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5277 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (4918 - 5140, n=2)
5029 Points ∼95% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Quadro P520, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
4918 Points ∼93%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4885 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Workstation
  (4298 - 5629, n=16, last 2 years)
4881 Points ∼92% -1%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
WX Vega M GL, i7-8706G, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4146 Points ∼79% -16%

Storage

The system drive is an NVMe SSD from Western Digital. This M.2 2280 model has a total capacity of 256 GB. Out of the box, approximately 211 GB can be used. The remaining storage space is distributed between the Windows installation and the recovery partition. Moreover, the transfer speeds are good.

An SSD serves as system drive.
An SSD serves as system drive.
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
Sequential Read: 1639 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1586 MB/s
512K Read: 724.8 MB/s
512K Write: 544.1 MB/s
4K Read: 43.47 MB/s
4K Write: 168 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 490.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 418.2 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Average WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
16%
4%
-12%
0%
Write 4K
135.3
173.7
28%
126.6
-6%
128.9
-5%
135
0%
Read 4K
45.09
50.6
12%
43.61
-3%
45.7
1%
45.1
0%
Write Seq
1576
1100
-30%
1342
-15%
635.2
-60%
1576
0%
Read Seq
1457
1072
-26%
1251
-14%
2065
42%
1457
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
356.3
555
56%
297.7
-16%
336.6
-6%
356
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
385.4
625
62%
376.4
-2%
393.6
2%
385
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
1613
1892
17%
2969
84%
661.9
-59%
1613
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
3017
3233
7%
3228
7%
2664
-12%
3017
0%

Graphics card

The ThinkPad is equipped with a Quadro P520 graphics core from Nvidia. The GPU is based on the Pascal architecture and is the professional version of the GeForce MX150/MX250 GPU. The P520 supports DirectX 12 and reaches speeds of up to 1,493 MHz. The GPU is able to access fast GDDR5 memory (2,048 MB). The UHD Graphics 620 GPU that's integrated into the processor is active and the laptop works with Nvidia's Optimus graphics-switching solution.

The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are disappointing. The P520 lags behind the results of MX150/MX250 laptops such as the identical ThinkPad T490 sister model. The distance is too large to blame the slightly lower speed level of the P520. It can't be because of the memory that's running in single-channel mode either. The T490's memory also works in single-channel mode. The results of the Quadro GPU are rather on par with those of the lower-performance power-saving versions of the MX150 and MX250 GPUs, respectively.

The solution to the puzzle is provided by the measurement data of the various benchmarks we perform: The GPU is throttled as soon as it reaches a temperature of 56 °C (~133 °F), which is an unusually low value for this Pascal graphics core. We can't say whether this is a decision made deliberately by Lenovo or a defect/error.

3DMark 06 Standard Score
15127 points
3DMark 11 Performance
3622 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
43462 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7839 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2666 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
964 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Workstation
  (4110 - 41904, n=35, last 2 years)
18096 Points ∼100% +368%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
10020 Points ∼55% +159%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
4748 Points ∼26% +23%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
4419 Points ∼24% +14%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3870 - 4277, n=6)
4150 Points ∼23% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
3870 Points ∼21%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
3560 Points ∼20% -8%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
3540 Points ∼20% -9%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3512 Points ∼19% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
3022 Points ∼17% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
2658 Points ∼15% -31%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (18564 - 133756, n=23, last 2 years)
53492 Points ∼100% +195%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
38986 Points ∼73% +115%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
23354 Points ∼44% +29%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (18131 - 20665, n=4)
19220 Points ∼36% +6%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
18780 Points ∼35% +4%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
18633 Points ∼35% +3%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
18423 Points ∼34% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
18131 Points ∼34%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17325 Points ∼32% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
13394 Points ∼25% -26%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (3169 - 29610, n=36, last 2 years)
13624 Points ∼100% +350%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
7333 Points ∼54% +142%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
3863 Points ∼28% +27%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
3224 Points ∼24% +6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3030 - 3410, n=6)
3221 Points ∼24% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
3030 Points ∼22%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2874 Points ∼21% -5%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
2874 Points ∼21% -5%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
2851 Points ∼21% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
2342 Points ∼17% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
2270 Points ∼17% -25%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (988 - 11580, n=36, last 2 years)
5118 Points ∼100% +458%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
2062 Points ∼40% +125%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
1134 Points ∼22% +24%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (918 - 1043, n=6)
999 Points ∼20% +9%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
973 Points ∼19% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
918 Points ∼18%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
862 Points ∼17% -6%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
858 Points ∼17% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
843 Points ∼16% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
614 Points ∼12% -33%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Average of class Workstation
  (69.1 - 230, n=14, last 2 years)
129 fps ∼100% +348%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
75.15 fps ∼58% +161%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
53.48 fps ∼41% +86%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
45.9 fps ∼36% +59%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (28.8 - 54.2, n=2)
41.5 fps ∼32% +44%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
39.3 fps ∼30% +37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
28.79 fps ∼22%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (10.5 - 258, n=14, last 2 years)
116 fps ∼100% +492%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
59.96 fps ∼52% +206%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
28.31 fps ∼24% +44%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
27.78 fps ∼24% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
24.13 fps ∼21% +23%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (19.6 - 27, n=2)
23.3 fps ∼20% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.6 fps ∼17%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Average of class Workstation
  (26.8 - 126, n=14, last 2 years)
81 fps ∼100% +588%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
38.31 fps ∼47% +225%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
16.24 fps ∼20% +38%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (11.8 - 14.6, n=2)
13.2 fps ∼16% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
12.13 fps ∼15% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
11.8 fps ∼15% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
11.78 fps ∼15%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Average of class Workstation
  (14.3 - 109, n=14, last 2 years)
52.9 fps ∼100% +445%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
19.94 fps ∼38% +106%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (9.7 - 13.5, n=2)
11.6 fps ∼22% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
9.7 fps ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
9.33 fps ∼18% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
8.29 fps ∼16% -15%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
7.42 fps ∼14% -24%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (41 - 179, n=14, last 2 years)
84.9 fps ∼100% +400%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
42.84 fps ∼50% +152%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
21.61 fps ∼25% +27%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (17 - 25, n=2)
21 fps ∼25% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
19.51 fps ∼23% +15%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.07 fps ∼22% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
16.98 fps ∼20%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Average of class Workstation
  (3.86 - 26, n=14, last 2 years)
12.4 fps ∼100% +1933%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
2.94 fps ∼24% +382%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
1.44 fps ∼12% +136%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (0.61 - 0.75, n=2)
0.68 fps ∼5% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
0.61 fps ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
0.55 fps ∼4% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
0.53 fps ∼4% -13%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Average of class Workstation
  (54 - 172, n=14, last 2 years)
113 fps ∼100% +349%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
57.43 fps ∼51% +128%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
35.91 fps ∼32% +43%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (25.2 - 36.6, n=2)
30.9 fps ∼27% +23%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
30.39 fps ∼27% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
27.98 fps ∼25% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
25.16 fps ∼22%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (53.2 - 220, n=14, last 2 years)
122 fps ∼100% +464%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL, Intel Core i7-8706G
64.39 fps ∼53% +198%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8550U
27.97 fps ∼23% +29%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (21.6 - 34.1, n=2)
27.9 fps ∼23% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
26.22 fps ∼21% +21%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
23.13 fps ∼19% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
21.63 fps ∼18%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (94 - 236, n=5, last 2 years)
155 fps ∼100% +556%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (23.6 - 26.1, n=2)
24.8 fps ∼16% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
23.63 fps ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
NVIDIA Quadro M520, Intel Core i7-7600U
19.73 fps ∼13% -17%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (57.3 - 204, n=33, last 2 years)
109 fps ∼100% +192%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (37.3 - 63.5, n=6)
56.6 fps ∼52% +52%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
42.53 fps ∼39% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
37.29 fps ∼34%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Average of class Workstation
  (17.4 - 465, n=33, last 2 years)
160 fps ∼100% +339%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
49.48 fps ∼31% +36%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (36.4 - 52.1, n=6)
47.9 fps ∼30% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
36.41 fps ∼23%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (13.7 - 132, n=32, last 2 years)
63.3 fps ∼100% +402%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
16.69 fps ∼26% +32%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (12.6 - 14.6, n=6)
14 fps ∼22% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
12.6 fps ∼20%
Medical (medical-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (15.8 - 133, n=33, last 2 years)
59.9 fps ∼100% +781%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (6.8 - 19.3, n=6)
15.5 fps ∼26% +128%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
11.26 fps ∼19% +66%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
6.8 fps ∼11%
Maya (maya-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (40.3 - 341, n=33, last 2 years)
142 fps ∼100% +361%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (30.8 - 41.2, n=6)
39.2 fps ∼28% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
30.77 fps ∼22%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
29.43 fps ∼21% -4%
Energy (energy-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (0.77 - 74.3, n=33, last 2 years)
24.1 fps ∼100% +3247%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (0.72 - 6.57, n=6)
2.7 fps ∼11% +275%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
1.88 fps ∼8% +161%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
0.72 fps ∼3%
Creo (creo-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (35.3 - 320, n=33, last 2 years)
140 fps ∼100% +404%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.8 - 45.2, n=6)
37.6 fps ∼27% +35%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
29.71 fps ∼21% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
27.76 fps ∼20%
Catia (catia-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (47.5 - 339, n=33, last 2 years)
154 fps ∼100% +456%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.7 - 48.7, n=6)
44.7 fps ∼29% +61%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
32.53 fps ∼21% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
27.68 fps ∼18%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Average of class Workstation
  (25.3 - 232, n=33, last 2 years)
117 fps ∼100% +486%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
35.17 fps ∼30% +76%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (20 - 34.3, n=6)
27.4 fps ∼23% +37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.98 fps ∼17%

Gaming performance

Although the built-in hardware would theoretically allow playing of computer games, this doesn't really work in practice. Since the GPU is throttled at a temperature of 56 °C (~133 °F), frame rates fluctuate strongly and spoil the gaming experience. The following The Witcher 3 test illustrates it. We conducted our various game tests with intervals in between so that the hardware could cool down.

BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Average of class Workstation
  (216 - 368, n=3, last 2 years)
294 fps ∼100% +275%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G, AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
102.9 fps ∼35% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
99.7 fps ∼34% +27%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (78.4 - 89.7, n=2)
84.1 fps ∼29% +7%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
83.1 fps ∼28% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
78.4 fps ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
66.4 fps ∼23% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Intel Core i7-7600U, NVIDIA Quadro M520
64.1 fps ∼22% -18%
The Witcher 3 - 1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Workstation
  (42.7 - 375, n=33, last 2 years)
222 fps ∼100% +370%
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8706G, AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
94.7 fps ∼43% +101%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490-20N3S02L00
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
67.1 fps ∼30% +42%
HP ZBook 14u G6 6TP71EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
58.1 fps ∼26% +23%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (42.7 - 61.9, n=6)
54.1 fps ∼24% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
47.2 fps ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s-20LB000HGE
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
35.8 fps ∼16% -24%

In order to verify that the frame rates also remain largely constant over a prolonged period of time, we let the game The Witcher 3 run for about 60 minutes at HD resolution (1024x768 pixels) and minimum quality settings. The character embodied by the player isn't moved over this entire period. The frame rates fluctuate a lot.

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