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Lenovo ThinkPad P53s laptop review: With ultrabook processor and Quadro graphics

Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 11/07/2019

CPU performance barely increased. Based on the ThinkPad T590, Lenovo presents the comparatively low-cost ThinkPad P53s workstation. The configuration and maintenance options are somewhat limited, but everything else remains solid as usual. In this review we'll clarify the details of what buyers can expect.

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE

There aren't many vendors to choose from for buyers looking for a workstation. One of them is Lenovo, which is targeting potential users in the lower price range with the ThinkPad T590's housing base. The hardware remains unchanged with Intel's Core i7-8565U, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD, but the ThinkPad P53s offers an Nvidia Quadro P520 graphics unit instead of an Nvidia GeForce MX250, as well as a smart card reader (also optionally available with the T590).

Since the case and the basic configuration are the same, you can refer to the review report of the T590 for a description of these points. Other models from our database can be added under each table to the comparison devices listed below.

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE (ThinkPad P53s Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro P520 - 2048 MB, Core: 1303 MHz, Memory: 1502 MHz, GDDR5, NVIDIA 431.40, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Lenovo LEN40BA, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8, 256 GB 
, 206 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
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 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.95 x 365.8 x 248 ( = 0.79 x 14.4 x 9.76 in)
Battery
57 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt USB-C power adapter, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.883 kg ( = 66.42 oz / 4.15 pounds), Power Supply: 355 g ( = 12.52 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
1439 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
81%11/2019Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
8565U, Quadro P520
1.9 kg19.95 mm15.6"1920x1080
81%10/2019HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200
1.6 kg19 mm15.6"3840x2160
87%07/2019Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
8565U, GeForce MX250
1.9 kg19.95 mm15.6"1920x1080
81%07/2018Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
8650U, Quadro P500
2 kg20.2 mm15.6"3840x2160
89%09/2018Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
E-2176M, Quadro P2000
2 kg16.82 mm15.6"3840x2160
86%04/2019Fujitsu Celsius H780
8850H, Quadro P2000
2.8 kg31.9 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case - Stable workstation from Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE

Size comparison

380 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 31.9 mm / 1.256 inch 2.8 kg6.07 lbs371 mm / 14.6 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.5 lbs366 mm / 14.4 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 20.2 mm / 0.795 inch 2 kg4.43 lbs365.8 mm / 14.4 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.9 kg4.15 lbs365.8 mm / 14.4 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235.3 mm / 9.26 inch 16.82 mm / 0.662 inch 2 kg4.37 lbs

Connectivity - ThinkPad P53s offers ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3

Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 (20 Gb/s), USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4b, combo audio, microSD card reader
Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 (20 Gb/s), USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4b, combo audio, microSD card reader
Right: Smart card reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, RJ45 Ethernet, Kensington lock
Right: Smart card reader, USB 3.0 Type-A, RJ45 Ethernet, Kensington lock
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
166.23 MB/s ∼100% +113%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
146 MB/s ∼88% +87%
Average of class Workstation
  (17.2 - 213, n=61)
138 MB/s ∼83% +76%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.39 MB/s ∼49% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
78.2 MB/s ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
76.3 MB/s ∼46% -2%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190.7 MB/s ∼100% +126%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174.4 MB/s ∼91% +107%
Average of class Workstation
  (18.4 - 255, n=61)
172 MB/s ∼90% +104%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.75 MB/s ∼46% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
84.4 MB/s ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
84.1 MB/s ∼44% 0%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
672 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
663 MBit/s ∼99% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
653 MBit/s ∼97% +7%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼97% +7%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
636 (min: 613, max: 655) MBit/s ∼95% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
612 MBit/s ∼91%
Average of class Workstation
  (292 - 705, n=49)
610 MBit/s ∼91% 0%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
661 MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
659 (min: 649, max: 666) MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
648 MBit/s ∼97% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
642 MBit/s ∼96%
Average of class Workstation
  (83 - 706, n=49)
544 MBit/s ∼81% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
158 MBit/s ∼24% -75%

Input devices - high-quality laptop for those who do a lot of writing

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s - Input devices
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s - Input devices
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s - Mouse replacement
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s - Mouse replacement

Display - Dim display with moderate colors

Subpixel
Subpixel
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The screen of the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s that is in our test model is a 15.6-inch IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Compared to the other workstations in our test field, the brightness is rather low at an average of 243 cd/m². The same applies to the brightness distribution of 88%. In addition, no PWM is used for brightness control.

According to Lenovo, the following display options are also available for buyers of the ThinkPad P53s:

  • 4K UHD (3840x2160), IPS with Dolby Vision™, 500 cd/m², 100% coverage of the Adobe color space (review of the 4K panel in the T590)
  • FHD IPS with touch functionality (1920x1080), 250 cd/m², 45% coverage of the NTSC color space
241
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Lenovo LEN40BA
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 260 cd/m² Average: 243.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 258 cd/m²
Contrast: 1444:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 4.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
59.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.49
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Lenovo LEN40BA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
LP156WFC-SPD1, aSi IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Lenovo LEN40BD, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Sharp SHP148D / LQ156D1, IGZO, 3840x2160, 15.6
Fujitsu Celsius H780
LP156WF6-SPP1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N40009GE
NE156QUM-N66, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-11%
23%
31%
3%
23%
12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51.2 (24.4, 26.8)
68.8 (33.2, 35.6)
-34%
37.2 (19.2, 18)
27%
43.2 (24.4, 18.8)
16%
48 (24.4, 23.6)
6%
38 (18.8, 19.2)
26%
48.4 (24.8, 23.6)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
33.6 (18, 15.6)
29.6
12%
27.2 (17.2, 10)
19%
18 (13.2, 14.8)
46%
33.6 (19.6, 14)
-0%
26.8 (16.4, 10.4)
20%
27.2 (14, 13.2)
19%
PWM Frequency
980.4
1000
20830 (60)
Screen
37%
1%
20%
28%
15%
49%
Brightness middle
260
451
73%
276
6%
305.5
18%
451.7
74%
271
4%
531
104%
Brightness
243
434
79%
262
8%
282
16%
440
81%
260
7%
523
115%
Brightness Distribution
88
89
1%
88
0%
78
-11%
90
2%
86
-2%
96
9%
Black Level *
0.18
0.25
-39%
0.23
-28%
0.24
-33%
0.4
-122%
0.29
-61%
0.37
-106%
Contrast
1444
1804
25%
1200
-17%
1273
-12%
1129
-22%
934
-35%
1435
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6
4.4
27%
5.6
7%
3.51
41%
3.11
48%
3.9
35%
2.5
58%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.2
6.7
65%
16.4
15%
7.28
62%
8.62
55%
10.2
47%
4.4
77%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.3
1.8
58%
4.7
-9%
3.15
27%
3.07
29%
2.9
33%
1
77%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
5
-19%
3
29%
4
5%
3.7
12%
2.6
38%
3.5
17%
Gamma
2.49 88%
2.31 95%
2.18 101%
2.18 101%
2.11 104%
2.29 96%
2.31 95%
CCT
6865 95%
7717 84%
7075 92%
7291 89%
6492 100%
6517 100%
7189 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.6
63
68%
36.9
-2%
58
54%
69
84%
56.1
49%
84.3
124%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59.2
97
64%
58.1
-2%
89
50%
98
66%
85.8
45%
97.7
65%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
13% / 29%
12% / 4%
26% / 21%
16% / 24%
19% / 16%
31% / 43%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 59.2%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 59.2%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37.6%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37.6%

Our measurements show a good contrast ratio of 1,444:1 and a very good black value of 0.18 cd/m² for the P53s. With this, Lenovo's workstation performs comparatively well, even if the contrast value is slightly higher than with some competitors.

The CalMAN analysis also demonstrates that colors are displayed with a slightly increased blue proportion. However, this can be completely adjusted through calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the window located above on the right next to the brightness distribution graph. 

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)

Outdoors, the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s is only partially usable due to its low brightness. Outside of shaded areas, image content is difficult to identify, which is why it should be avoided.

Outdoor use in the shade on a sunny day
Outdoor use in the shade on a sunny day
Outdoor use in the shade on a sunny day
Outdoor use in the shade on a sunny day

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
33.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 15.6 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 26.8 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. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the ThinkPad P53s has very stable viewing angles. Image content can be recognized from almost any angle without becoming distorted or showing the wrong colors.

Performance - Well served with the Core i7

With our current configuration, the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s targets users with medium requirements on the performance of a workstation. Nvidia's Quadro P520 is still used as a graphics card. The current CPU options only include the Intel Core i7-8565U and the Core i7-8665U. 

 

Processor

The built-in Intel Core i7-8565U is an energy-efficient processor of the Whiskey Lake generation and offers clock speeds between 1.8 and 4.6 GHz. Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost can also slightly increase the clock speeds, as long as the core temperatures don't rise above a certain value. The available performance is therefore largely dependent on the cooling system.

In the P53s, the CPU performs sharply, which is very similar to the behavior of the ThinkPad T590. The values in the endurance test fall after a short time and settle at about 10% lower than the highest result achieved by the P53s in the Cinebench R15 benchmark. Performance is used comparatively well. In the individual tests, Lenovo's workstation performs better than other devices with the Intel Core i7-8565U, and in the multi-core test, for example, it reaches a value that's 17% higher than the average of all the laptops that we've tested with this CPU. On battery power, the P53s only reaches 514 points instead of 686.

The performance reached by other CPUs in our tests can be found in our CPU Benchmarks article.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø624 (521.26-694.16)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø489 (485.76-508.49)
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø620 (499-711)
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel Core i7-8650U: Ø452 (435.47-623.47)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M Intel Xeon E-2176M, Intel Xeon E-2176M: Ø1024 (1006.14-1126.25)
Fujitsu Celsius H780 Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H: Ø1023 (1008-1102)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
193 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
189 Points ∼98% +6%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
185 Points ∼96% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
178 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 193, n=48)
170 Points ∼88% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
168 Points ∼87% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼85% -7%
Average of class Workstation
  (117 - 214, n=96)
159 Points ∼82% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
1116 Points ∼100% +63%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
1095 Points ∼98% +60%
Average of class Workstation
  (260 - 1623, n=98)
747 Points ∼67% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
686 (min: 568.11, max: 688.08) Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
647 Points ∼58% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
620 (min: 499, max: 719) Points ∼56% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=49)
586 Points ∼53% -15%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
494 (min: 492.26, max: 519.15) Points ∼44% -28%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6838
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21140
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7756
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
97.73 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.07 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.12 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
178 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.64 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
686 Points
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System performance

The ThinkPad P53s also delivers good results in the system performance benchmarks. The values reached in the PCMark 8 and PCMark10 benchmarks are slightly lower than with the ThinkPad T590. In everyday work, the workstation runs very smoothly and provides quick access to files as well as fast-starting applications. We didn't encounter micro-stuttering or anything of the sort with our test model.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5880 Points ∼100% +64%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5736 Points ∼98% +60%
Average of class Workstation
  (2329 - 8528, n=40)
5009 Points ∼85% +39%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3841 Points ∼65% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
3591 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (2329 - 3591, n=2)
2960 Points ∼50% -18%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2905 Points ∼49% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
2466 Points ∼42% -31%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
7443 Points ∼100% +1%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7377 Points ∼99% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
7345 Points ∼99%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
7281 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Workstation
  (3998 - 8307, n=40)
7018 Points ∼94% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (5392 - 7345, n=2)
6369 Points ∼86% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5424 Points ∼73% -26%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3998 Points ∼54% -46%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8929 Points ∼100% +4%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8632 Points ∼97% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
8612 Points ∼96%
Average of class Workstation
  (5223 - 9917, n=40)
8487 Points ∼95% -1%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
8479 Points ∼95% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (6389 - 8612, n=2)
7501 Points ∼84% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7172 Points ∼80% -17%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5223 Points ∼58% -39%
Score
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5167 Points ∼100% +18%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5072 Points ∼98% +16%
Average of class Workstation
  (2817 - 6255, n=41)
4747 Points ∼92% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4547 Points ∼88% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
4374 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3092 - 4374, n=2)
3733 Points ∼72% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3281 Points ∼63% -25%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2817 Points ∼55% -36%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5256 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
5225 Points ∼99% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5140 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (4918 - 5140, n=2)
5029 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Workstation
  (3311 - 5655, n=77)
4831 Points ∼92% -6%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
4666 Points ∼89% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4196 Points ∼80% -18%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4022 Points ∼77% -22%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Quadro P2000, 8850H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4230 Points ∼100% +10%
Average of class Workstation
  (2320 - 5505, n=78)
3979 Points ∼94% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3885 Points ∼92% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Quadro P520, 8565U, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
3840 Points ∼91%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
3831 Points ∼91% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3313 - 3840, n=2)
3577 Points ∼85% -7%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3257 Points ∼77% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3178 Points ∼75% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3840 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5140 points
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Storage

Lenovo has installed a 256 GB Intel SSD 760p in the ThinkPad P53s, of which approximately 200 GB is available for use. The storage device achieves very good read and write speeds in the storage benchmarks, with most competitors doing even better.

The performance reached by other storage devices in our tests can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
SK hynix PC400 512 GB
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Average Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-10%
-0%
-20%
-16%
-17%
Write 4K
195.9
156
-20%
126.2
-36%
97.75
-50%
98.29
-50%
149 (103 - 196, n=3)
-24%
Read 4K
74.92
45.73
-39%
48.93
-35%
41.21
-45%
40.18
-46%
64.8 (56 - 74.9, n=3)
-14%
Write Seq
1194
1158
-3%
1345
13%
1312
10%
1777
49%
956 (808 - 1194, n=3)
-20%
Read Seq
2309
1132
-51%
1373
-41%
1667
-28%
1247
-46%
2325 (1939 - 2726, n=3)
1%
Write 4K Q32T1
506.8
369.2
-27%
383.8
-24%
449.5
-11%
344.7
-32%
381 (281 - 507, n=3)
-25%
Read 4K Q32T1
624.1
573
-8%
434.8
-30%
327.4
-48%
383.1
-39%
462 (327 - 624, n=3)
-26%
Write Seq Q32T1
1206
1969
63%
2966
146%
1385
15%
2019
67%
954 (474 - 1206, n=3)
-21%
Read Seq Q32T1
3091
3138
2%
3230
4%
2948
-5%
2076
-33%
2848 (2719 - 3091, n=3)
-8%
AS SSD
30%
39%
14%
-17%
25%
-19%
Score Total
2705
3976
47%
4418
63%
4038
49%
2922
8%
4469
65%
2416 (1883 - 2705, n=3)
-11%
Score Write
1192
1755
47%
1829
53%
1468
23%
1121
-6%
2080
74%
1003 (707 - 1192, n=3)
-16%
Score Read
1034
1474
43%
1714
66%
1703
65%
1226
19%
1549
50%
970 (812 - 1064, n=3)
-6%
Access Time Write *
0.022
0.026
-18%
0.027
-23%
0.04
-82%
0.053
-141%
0.037
-68%
0.0507 (0.022 - 0.099, n=3)
-130%
Access Time Read *
0.06
0.039
35%
0.067
-12%
0.04
33%
0.073
-22%
0.066
-10%
0.0657 (0.058 - 0.079, n=3)
-10%
4K-64 Write
915.62
1445.94
58%
1438.91
57%
1245.29
36%
926.09
1%
1789.01
95%
750 (471 - 916, n=3)
-18%
4K-64 Read
759.49
1210.64
59%
1406.03
85%
1523.57
101%
970.47
28%
1395
84%
677 (522 - 759, n=3)
-11%
4K Write
172.57
137.63
-20%
152.96
-11%
100.47
-42%
92.85
-46%
102.48
-41%
135 (112 - 173, n=3)
-22%
4K Read
46.62
55.3
19%
52.7
13%
44.33
-5%
38.43
-18%
48.35
4%
46.1 (41.2 - 50.5, n=3)
-1%
Seq Write
1042.01
1715.24
65%
2375.54
128%
1219.9
17%
1022.39
-2%
1882.1
81%
1176 (1042 - 1246, n=3)
13%
Seq Read
2282.51
2082.88
-9%
2551.04
12%
1351.25
-41%
2169.24
-5%
1049.45
-54%
2472 (2283 - 2640, n=3)
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
10% / 13%
20% / 23%
14% / 14%
-19% / -18%
5% / 8%
-18% / -18%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
Sequential Read: 2308 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1187 MB/s
512K Read: 1247 MB/s
512K Write: 583.9 MB/s
4K Read: 71.25 MB/s
4K Write: 183.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 555 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 418.7 MB/s

Graphics card

In addition to the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s also offers an Nvidia Quadro P520 for the rendering of slightly more demanding image content. Performance in the 3DMark benchmarks is about 10% higher than an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200. In the Specviewperf benchmarks, however, the AMD GPU performs better in most disciplines.

Our GPU Benchmarks article shows how other graphics cards perform compared to the GPU used here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
8573 Points ∼100% +101%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
8201 Points ∼96% +92%
Average of class Workstation
  (841 - 25266, n=110)
6412 Points ∼75% +50%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
4273 Points ∼50%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
4256 Points ∼50% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
4126 Points ∼48% -3%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3870 - 4273, n=2)
4072 Points ∼47% -5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Workstation
  (566 - 6999, n=29)
2870 Points ∼100% +175%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
2046 Points ∼71% +96%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
1043 Points ∼36%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (918 - 1043, n=2)
981 Points ∼34% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
938 Points ∼33% -10%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
6953 Points ∼100% +104%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
6741 Points ∼97% +98%
Average of class Workstation
  (752 - 18544, n=102)
5170 Points ∼74% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
3858 Points ∼55% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
3410 Points ∼49%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (3030 - 3410, n=2)
3220 Points ∼46% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
3088 Points ∼44% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
2239 Points ∼32% -34%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
44533 Points ∼100% +115%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
42598 Points ∼96% +106%
Average of class Workstation
  (5836 - 119052, n=102)
33072 Points ∼74% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
23748 Points ∼53% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
20665 Points ∼46%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (18131 - 20665, n=2)
19398 Points ∼44% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
18952 Points ∼43% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
12868 Points ∼29% -38%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Average of class Workstation
  (37.3 - 189, n=21)
96.6 fps ∼100% +71%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
96.07 fps ∼99% +70%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
56.42 fps ∼58%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (37.3 - 56.4, n=2)
46.9 fps ∼49% -17%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
44.6 fps ∼46% -21%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Average of class Workstation
  (36.4 - 396, n=21)
162 fps ∼100% +228%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
121.86 fps ∼75% +147%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
66.07 fps ∼41% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
49.42 fps ∼31%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (36.4 - 49.4, n=2)
42.9 fps ∼26% -13%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (12.6 - 94, n=21)
44 fps ∼100% +202%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
30.26 fps ∼69% +108%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.38 fps ∼44% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
14.56 fps ∼33%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (12.6 - 14.6, n=2)
13.6 fps ∼31% -7%
Medical (medical-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (6.8 - 79, n=21)
29.7 fps ∼100% +202%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
18.47 fps ∼62% +88%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
11.8 fps ∼40% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
9.85 fps ∼33%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (6.8 - 9.85, n=2)
8.33 fps ∼28% -15%
Maya (maya-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (29.4 - 255, n=21)
117 fps ∼100% +187%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
89.31 fps ∼76% +119%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
45.21 fps ∼39% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
40.74 fps ∼35%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (30.8 - 40.7, n=2)
35.8 fps ∼31% -12%
Energy (energy-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (0.72 - 36.2, n=21)
11.1 fps ∼100% +1237%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
5.28 fps ∼48% +536%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
2.15 fps ∼19% +159%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
0.83 fps ∼7%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (0.72 - 0.83, n=2)
0.775 fps ∼7% -7%
Creo (creo-02)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.8 - 248, n=21)
115 fps ∼100% +217%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
82.1 fps ∼71% +126%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
44.68 fps ∼39% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
36.25 fps ∼32%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.8 - 36.3, n=2)
32 fps ∼28% -12%
Catia (catia-05)
Average of class Workstation
  (27.7 - 302, n=21)
132 fps ∼100% +176%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
104.04 fps ∼79% +118%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
47.78 fps ∼36%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
45.35 fps ∼34% -5%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (27.7 - 47.8, n=2)
37.7 fps ∼29% -21%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Average of class Workstation
  (20 - 173, n=21)
85.2 fps ∼100% +238%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
71.66 fps ∼84% +185%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
32.36 fps ∼38% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
25.17 fps ∼30%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (20 - 25.2, n=2)
22.6 fps ∼27% -10%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
104.03 fps ∼100% +92%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
103.79 fps ∼100% +92%
Average of class Workstation
  (15.6 - 212, n=85)
76.4 fps ∼73% +41%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
54.18 fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (28.8 - 54.2, n=2)
41.5 fps ∼40% -23%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
41.43 fps ∼40% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
15.63 fps ∼15% -71%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
67.59 fps ∼100% +151%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
65.85 fps ∼97% +144%
Average of class Workstation
  (4.87 - 218, n=85)
59.3 fps ∼88% +120%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
35.12 fps ∼52% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
26.98 fps ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
24.17 fps ∼36% -10%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (19.6 - 27, n=2)
23.3 fps ∼34% -14%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Average of class Workstation
  (3.93 - 98, n=83)
31.3 fps ∼100% +114%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
30.73 fps ∼98% +110%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
30.42 fps ∼97% +108%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
19.25 fps ∼62% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
14.63 fps ∼47%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (11.8 - 14.6, n=2)
13.2 fps ∼42% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
12.61 fps ∼40% -14%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
23.11 fps ∼100% +71%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
22.84 fps ∼99% +69%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.99 - 79.4, n=85)
22.3 fps ∼96% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
13.48 fps ∼58%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (9.7 - 13.5, n=2)
11.6 fps ∼50% -14%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
8.83 fps ∼38% -34%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
60.27 fps ∼100% +141%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
59.21 fps ∼98% +136%
Average of class Workstation
  (5.4 - 148, n=86)
45.4 fps ∼75% +81%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
25.04 fps ∼42%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
24.84 fps ∼41% -1%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (17 - 25, n=2)
21 fps ∼35% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
6.73 fps ∼11% -73%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
5.62 fps ∼100% +649%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
5.27 fps ∼94% +603%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.06 - 16.9, n=86)
4.52 fps ∼80% +503%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
1.69 fps ∼30% +125%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
0.75 fps ∼13%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (0.61 - 0.75, n=2)
0.68 fps ∼12% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
0.28 fps ∼5% -63%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
65.17 fps ∼100% +78%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
64.99 fps ∼100% +78%
Average of class Workstation
  (14 - 160, n=86)
55.7 fps ∼85% +52%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
37.9 fps ∼58% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
36.59 fps ∼56%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (25.2 - 36.6, n=2)
30.9 fps ∼47% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
16.22 fps ∼25% -56%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
70.83 fps ∼100% +107%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Xeon E-2176M
69.61 fps ∼98% +104%
Average of class Workstation
  (13.4 - 197, n=86)
61.4 fps ∼87% +80%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
34.14 fps ∼48%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
32.08 fps ∼45% -6%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (21.6 - 34.1, n=2)
27.9 fps ∼39% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, Intel Core i7-8650U
26.76 fps ∼38% -22%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, Intel Core i7-8850H
71.9 fps ∼100% +176%
Average of class Workstation
  (11.4 - 151, n=19)
55.7 fps ∼77% +114%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
28.98 fps ∼40% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
NVIDIA Quadro P520, Intel Core i7-8565U
26.05 fps ∼36%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (23.6 - 26.1, n=2)
24.8 fps ∼34% -5%
3DMark 06 Standard
22756 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
15720 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4604 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14006 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3113 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1171 points
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Gaming performance

As expected, the gaming performance of the ThinkPad P53s is slightly low. Especially with newer games and in Full HD, the limits of GPU performance are quickly reached. The older titles we tested run smoothly even at higher graphics levels, but the resolution has to be reduced as well.

The expected performance in games for the Nvidia Quadro P520 can be found in our GPU Games article.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
26 fps ∼100% +135%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
24.3 fps ∼93% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
12.6 fps ∼48% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
11.08 fps ∼43%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (8.4 - 11.1, n=2)
9.74 fps ∼37% -12%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
9.4 fps ∼36% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
8 fps ∼31% -28%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
43.2 fps ∼100% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
33.53 fps ∼78%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
33 fps ∼76% -2%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (18.9 - 33.5, n=2)
26.2 fps ∼61% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21 fps ∼49% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
13 fps ∼30% -61%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
12.3 fps ∼28% -63%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
35 fps ∼100% +119%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
17 fps ∼49% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
16 fps ∼46%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
16 fps ∼46% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
8 fps ∼23% -50%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
41 fps ∼100% +128%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
18 fps ∼44% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
18 fps ∼44%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
18 fps ∼44% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
10 fps ∼24% -44%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
47 fps ∼100% +113%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
22.1 fps ∼47%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
22.1 fps ∼47% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
19.9 fps ∼42% -10%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
85 fps ∼100% +116%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
39.3 fps ∼46%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
39.3 fps ∼46% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
34.9 fps ∼41% -11%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
32 fps ∼100% +75%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
18.3 fps ∼57% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
18.28 fps ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
11 fps ∼34% -40%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
38 fps ∼100% +80%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
21.1 fps ∼56% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
21.07 fps ∼55%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
18.54 fps ∼49% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA Quadro P500
12 fps ∼32% -43%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
68 fps ∼100% +100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
38 fps ∼56% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
34.01 fps ∼50%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (31.2 - 34, n=2)
32.6 fps ∼48% -4%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
29.16 fps ∼43% -14%
1366x768 High Preset
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
184 fps ∼100% +105%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
97 fps ∼53% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA Quadro P520
89.71 fps ∼49%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
  (78.4 - 89.7, n=2)
84.1 fps ∼46% -6%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
81.55 fps ∼44% -9%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 194.73 107.06 89.71 34.01 fps
Thief (2014) 80.4 49.4 39.3 22.1 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 59.43 51.79 33.53 11.08 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 125 115 70 61 22.7 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 64.54 41.58 21.07 18.28 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 70 52 37.6 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 42 20 18 16 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 62.85 24.57 14.79 7.39 fps

Emissions - Quiet speakers and buzzing fan

Noise emissions

The Lenovo ThinkPad P53s is silent in daily operation, as long as you don't use demanding applications. Although the fans can be heard under load, they remain quiet as well. The fan noise is uniform but quite high-frequency, which can definitely be unpleasant for sensitive users.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 30.8 dB(A)
Load
32.6 / 33.8 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: 29.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.63030.732.828.22529.424.526.328.626.43128.127.630.730.829.44026.828.131.630.826.95024.72425.226.424.56325.323.322.92423.58024.123.623.62423.910027.42727.426.527.812523.223.422.922.322.916022.822.823.222.723.120023.722.322.523.32425022.522.822.323.225.831521.921.921.121.121.34002221.420.620.221.750021.721.62019.62263022.621.720.118.521.980022.922.220.318.322.9100023.422.820.317.923125024.122.420.217.223.3160022.421.41916.822.5200022.320.718.716.222.5250023.421.218.716.223.1315022.620.318.215.722.540002018.517.115.820.2500019.317.716.615.919.1630017.717.116.415.817.6800016.316.21615.816.41000015.815.815.715.615.91250015.615.615.515.415.71600015.415.415.315.215.4SPL33.832.630.829.233.7N1.91.71.51.21.9median 22.4median 21.4median 20median 17.2median 22.5Delta1.91.82.12.22hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our measurements show that the ThinkPad P53s reaches surface temperatures of up to 24.4 °C (~76 °F) when idle and a maximum of 55.6 °C (~132.08 °F) under load. The warmest spots are at the back of the bottom side. However, these don't heat up so much that the workstation can no longer be used on the lap.

During our approximately one-hour-long stress test, the temperatures inside the P53s rise to up to 85°C (~185 °F). The clock speeds of the CPU fall far below the base speed for a short time but are able to stabilize again quite quickly. On average, however, the base clock speed of 1.8 GHz isn't reached again. At the beginning of the test, the power consumption of the ThinkPad P53s briefly reaches 69.4 watts and then settles to about 42 watts.

Max. Load
 34.9 °C
95 F
42 °C
108 F
42.1 °C
108 F
 
 31.1 °C
88 F
37.7 °C
100 F
42.6 °C
109 F
 
 26.5 °C
80 F
30 °C
86 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
53.1 °C
128 F
55.6 °C
132 F
38.2 °C
101 F
46.7 °C
116 F
47.1 °C
117 F
37.8 °C
100 F
27.5 °C
82 F
27.7 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
Maximum: 55.6 °C = 132 F
Average: 40 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.2 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 31.2 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 37.1 °C / 99 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 55.6 °C / 132 F, compared to the average of 40.4 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.8 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.3 °C / 86.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-2.5 °C / -4.5 F).
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Top
Heat map under load - Bottom
Heat map under load - Bottom

Speakers

The speakers of the ThinkPad P53s are very quiet and offer a sound spectrum with pronounced mids. Higher and deeper tones fall flat and are practically non-existent. In very quiet environments, media playback is occasionally possible. In the long run, however, external speakers or headphones should be favored.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.830.52528.626.53130.829.14030.828.95026.425.5632424.9802424.710026.529.612522.33316022.740.720023.34625023.247.731521.150.740020.255.850019.658.263018.559.680018.359.3100017.961125017.260.9160016.861.2200016.257.1250016.260.3315015.759.2400015.856.2500015.953.1630015.852.2800015.848.51000015.641.41250015.439.31600015.236.6SPL29.270.2N1.225.8median 17.2median 53.1Delta2.28.330.831.825.827.127.230.325.527.923.826.4242522.524.223.126.522.231.522.243.72250.821.954.32157.720.961.619.366.119.76818.964.218.36417.767.117.365.217.163.61761.816.861.416.562.716.566.916.568.716.463.716.458.616.256.816.347.429.776.91.340.9median 17.7median 61.82.56.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGEHP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 65% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 22% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy management - Energy-efficient workstation with solid battery life

Energy consumption

With an idle power requirement of at least 2.74 watts and an average of 55.2 watts under load, the Lenovo ThinkPad P53s is the most energy-efficient laptop in our test field. The included power adapter offers an output of 65 watts and has therefore enough capacity to be able to supply the workstation with energy.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.27 / 0.57 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.74 / 6.4 / 9.7 Watt
Load midlight 55.2 / 69.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
8565U, Quadro P520, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
8565U, GeForce MX250, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, aSi IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
8650U, Quadro P500, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
E-2176M, Quadro P2000, SK hynix PC400 512 GB, IGZO, 3840x2160, 15.6
Fujitsu Celsius H780
8850H, Quadro P2000, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average NVIDIA Quadro P520
 
Average of class Workstation
 
Power Consumption
-37%
-23%
-53%
-129%
-115%
3%
-173%
Idle Minimum *
2.74
5.5
-101%
4.1
-50%
5.9
-115%
9.8
-258%
9.1
-232%
2.82 (2.74 - 2.9, n=2)
-3%
13.3 (2.4 - 65.2, n=132)
-385%
Idle Average *
6.4
9.8
-53%
8.3
-30%
11.7
-83%
16.8
-163%
13.2
-106%
5.67 (4.94 - 6.4, n=2)
11%
19.2 (4.94 - 69, n=131)
-200%
Idle Maximum *
9.7
12
-24%
11.8
-22%
15.6
-61%
16.9
-74%
14.04
-45%
8.81 (7.92 - 9.7, n=2)
9%
22.6 (7.1 - 73.1, n=132)
-133%
Load Average *
55.2
59
-7%
61.6
-12%
63
-14%
102.3
-85%
78.8
-43%
58 (55.2 - 60.8, n=2)
-5%
87.5 (34.4 - 185, n=130)
-59%
Load Maximum *
69.4
70
-1%
69.4
-0%
63.1
9%
114.5
-65%
172.5
-149%
68.8 (68.2 - 69.4, n=2)
1%
132 (43.5 - 336, n=130)
-90%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
54.4
48.4
76.5

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our practical Wi-Fi test, the P53s achieves a runtime of 8 h 37 m. This means that the battery capacity of 57 Wh is used comparatively well. However, the ThinkPad T590, which is identically equipped except for the Nvidia GeForce MX250, lasts just under two hours longer. If you opt for the very good 4K display, the battery life will be lower (about 6 hours for the T590 4K).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
25h 10min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 37min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
6h 29min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 28min
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE
8565U, Quadro P520, 57 Wh
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, 56 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
8565U, GeForce MX250, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
8650U, Quadro P500, 80 Wh
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
E-2176M, Quadro P2000, 97 Wh
Fujitsu Celsius H780
8850H, Quadro P2000, 96 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N40009GE
8565U, GeForce MX250, 57 Wh
Average of class Workstation
 
Battery Runtime
-25%
31%
-1%
-21%
-13%
-31%
-39%
Reader / Idle
1510
745
-51%
1031
-32%
991
-34%
618 (63 - 2360, n=121)
-59%
WiFi v1.3
517
415
-20%
628
21%
665
29%
501
-3%
450
-13%
363
-30%
419 (106 - 974, n=72)
-19%
Load
148
140
-5%
209
41%
146
-1%
110
-26%
101
-32%
91.4 (22 - 323, n=120)
-38%

Pros

+ robust case
+ Thunderbolt 3 port
+ contrast-rich display
+ very good input devices

Cons

- dim display
- microSD card slot only
- case is hard to open

Verdict - Price and performance go hand in hand

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P53s. Review device provided by:
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P53s. Review device provided by:

In our test, the ThinkPad P53s shows what it is: A cheap workstation. The case is stable and of high quality, but the hardware, except for the Nvidia Quadro P520, is also found in many other current laptops. In addition, there are acceptable maintenance options and good system performance.

The ThinkPad P53s is a cheap alternative for users who are looking for a specialized GPU but don't require a high-end configuration.

However, Lenovo should've done a bit more with the display. This screen represents colors with a quite low coverage, and the brightness leaves much to be desired too. We already know this problem from the identically constructed ThinkPad T590 office computer. Optionally, Lenovo also offers the very good 4K panel for the P53s, with the only real drawback for it being the higher power consumption.

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s-20N6001NGE - 10/28/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
71 / 80 → 89%
Weight
64 / 10-66 → 97%
Battery
83 / 95 → 87%
Display
81%
Games Performance
63%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
89 / 95 → 94%
Noise
91 / 90 → 100%
Audio
60%
Camera
33 / 85 → 38%
Average
74%
81%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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