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Lenovo ThinkPad P71 (i7, P3000, 4K) Workstation Review

Andreas Osthoff 👁, Felicitas Krohn, 12/21/2017

Quiet and powerful. The ThinkPad P71 is Lenovo's biggest and most powerful mobile workstation. It is a powerful machine, but still pleasantly quiet in many situations. You also get a very good 4K UHD panel.

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Last year's ThinkPad P70 was Lenovo's first 17-inch mobile workstation for some time, and it was an instant success. There were some issues (such as the LTE connectivity), but we were impressed by the high performance combined with the low emissions.

Now we get the new ThinkPad P71, which is still based on the same chassis. The components were updated to current Kaby Lake processors from Intel (Core i7 & Xeon) as well as new GPUs based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture. Our test model carries the designation ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE and represents a rather mainstream SKU for about 3300 Euros (~$3912). It is shipped with a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB NVMe-SSD as well as Nvidia's Quadro P3000 GPU. The 17.3-inch panel features the 4K UHD resolution with an integrated colorimeter to calibrate the panel. You can easily raise the price of the P71 by selecting more powerful GPUs (especially the Nvidia Quadro P5000) and additional SSD storage. A fully specced model in Lenovo's online shop costs more than 7500 Euros (~$8894).

We have reviewed two current 17.3-inch workstations: Fujitsu's Celsius H970 and the MSI WE72 JR. Other rivals include the Dell Precision 7720 and the HP ZBook 17 G4. The basic construction has not changed compared to the previous ThinkPad P70, so we recommend checking our previous review for more information.

Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE (ThinkPad P71 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro P3000 - 6144 MB, Core: 1240 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 376.52, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, 2/4 slots in use, up to 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, LEN4123, VVX17P051J00, IPS
Mainboard
Intel CM238
Storage
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, 512 GB 
, 433 GB free
Soundcard
Intel A171
Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: 4-in-1, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34.2 x 416 x 275.5 ( = 1.35 x 16.38 x 10.85 in)
Battery
96 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9.8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo (2x 2W), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 230W power supply, Lenovo Settings App, Pantone Color Calibrator, Microsoft Office (Trial), 36 Months Warranty
Weight
3.52 kg ( = 124.16 oz / 7.76 pounds), Power Supply: 960 g ( = 33.86 oz / 2.12 pounds)
Price
3300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Lenovo introduced the 17.3-inch case with the ThinkPad P70 just last year, so there are no changes for the ThinkPad P71. However, this is not a big problem since we are still impressed by the stability of the black case. The base unit in particular is extremely sturdy thanks to the aluminum/magnesium alloy underneath the plastic surfaces. The tactile feel of the surfaces is similar to the smaller T-series models such as the ThinkPad T570. They are slightly roughened, but the surfaces of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon or other aluminum cases still leave a better impression.

The stability of the large lid is also decent, but still not quite on par with the base unit. You can twist it with some pressure, even though there are no creaking sounds and we cannot provoke picture distortions under pressure from behind either. The two metal hinges allow a maximum opening angle of 180 degrees, but they could be tighter for the heavy lid.

The big case has one advantage over many modern systems with slim constructions: You can easily access the components. The battery is replaceable at the bottom and does not have its own support foot, so the operation without the battery is no problem. There is also a large maintenance hatch at the bottom, which reveals components such as the RAM, for example. According to Lenovo, the notebook also meets the requirements for the military standard MIL-STD-810G, but the manufacturer does not list any specific tests. The keyboard of the ThinkPad P71 is spill-waterproof.

The ThinkPad P71 is a very bulky system, especially compared to 15.6-inch laptops. Compared to its direct rivals, however, there are basically no differences. They are not good choices when you need a portable machine and the workstations really feel at home on the desk.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Lenovo has not changed the connectivity, so customers still get plenty of ports, including two modern Thunderbolt 3 ports. According to the specification sheet however, the new ThinkPad P71 can only drive four displays simultaneously (five on the old P70). The 4K output of the HDMI port is limited to 30 Hz, but 60 Hz is possible via mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3. A DVD burner, which is very rare these days, can be found on the left side. Whether it makes much sense, obviously depends on your requirements.

This year we have not had any problems with the performance of the USB ports. We determined good transfer rates of ~380 MB/s in combination with our Samsung SSD T3 and drives were always recognized as USB 3.0 models, which was not the case on the previous unit.

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Left side: USB 3.0 (powered), DVD burner, SmartCard reader
Left side: USB 3.0 (powered), DVD burner, SmartCard reader
Right side: Combined stereo jack, 2x USB 3.0, ExpressCard (34 mm), card reader, USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2a
Right side: Combined stereo jack, 2x USB 3.0, ExpressCard (34 mm), card reader, USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2a
Rear: 2x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen. 2)/Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 1.4b, Gigabit Ethernet, power
Rear: 2x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen. 2)/Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 1.4b, Gigabit Ethernet, power

SD Card Reader

The SD card reader is one of the faster modules. We determine a maximum transfer rate of 216 MB/s with our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro UHS-II 64 GB), while pictures are transferred at 156 MB/s on average. An external card reader is not necessary here (if you do not need other formats).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
 
186 MB/s ∼100% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
 
156 MB/s ∼84%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
 
140 MB/s ∼75% -10%
MSI WE72 7RJ
 
17.2 MB/s ∼9% -89%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
 
216 MB/s ∼100%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
 
209 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
 
175.5 MB/s ∼81% -19%
MSI WE72 7RJ
 
18.4 MB/s ∼9% -91%

Communication

The slot for the SIM card is located inside the battery tray.
The slot for the SIM card is located inside the battery tray.

One of the biggest issues of early ThinkPad P70 models was the missing support for LTE modules, and they could not be added later. Lenovo only started shipping "WWAN ready" models a few months after the launch. This is no problem for the ThinkPad P71 since all models are either "WWAN-ready" with pre-installed antennas or shipped with LTE modules. The corresponding micro-SIM slot is located inside the battery tray.

The wireless module is the familiar 8265 card from Intel (dual-band), which supports all modern standards including fast 802.11ac connections. We did not experience any issues with the Wi-Fi signal during our review period and the performance is on the expected level as well.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
676 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
667 MBit/s ∼99%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
603 MBit/s ∼89% -10%
Dell Precision 7720
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
587 MBit/s ∼87% -12%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
351 MBit/s ∼52% -47%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
519 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Dell Precision 7720
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
518 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼99%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
504 MBit/s ∼97% -2%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
287 MBit/s ∼55% -44%

Security & Accessories

The security equipment has also got a small update. Lenovo has now implemented a TPM 2.0 chip instead of the 1.2 module that was in the old P70. Many laptops are equipped with fingerprint scanners nowadays, but the P71 offers options to increase the security level for more accurate scans. It is easy to implement in business environments thanks to the SmartCard reader, and you can obviously set numerous passwords (power on, hard disk, BIOS).

Lenovo offers multiple accessories that were already compatible with the predecessors P50 & P70. The docking stations are especially interesting if you want to use the P71 within your productive environment. We had a closer look at different models in the review of the P70.

Maintenance

Our test model is a demo unit where we could not open the maintenance hatch. The following picture was taken from the predecessor, the ThinkPad P70, which uses the same chassis. The hatch is secured by a few screws and is easy to remove. You get access to three storage slots (2x M.2-2280 with PCIe-x4 support, 1x 2.5" SATA 3, 7mm), the wireless modules and two out of four SODIMM slots (up to 64 GB RAM). Unfortunately, Lenovo  does not include the necessary 2.5-inch adapter if you get an SKU without 2.5-inch drive.

Warranty

The ThinkPad P71 is shipped with a 3-year on-site service in Germany and Austria by default, which is standard in this segment. There is also a 3-year international warranty (bring-in). You can upgrade the service to five years with accidental protection.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo has not changed the chiclet keyboard with its three-stage white background illumination for the P71. As with last year’s model, it can dazzle a bit depending on your seating position and we would also like a brighter level. Fortunately, the rich feedback in combination with the very high stability has not changed either, so you can enjoy a very comfortable typing experience.

There is also a numeric keypad with slightly narrower keys on the right side. The arrow keys are sitting a bit lower, but they have a decent size in return. It takes some time getting used to if you do not know the typical ThinkPad layout, but then it works well. It is possible to switch the allocation of the Fn and the Ctrl key.

Input Devices
Input Devices
Touchpad & TrackPoint with dedicated buttons
Touchpad & TrackPoint with dedicated buttons

Touchpad & TrackPoint

In addition to the traditional touchpad, you can also control the cursor via red TrackPoint. Both mouse replacements have three dedicated mouse buttons each. As a result, the touchpad surface itself is smaller compared to some devices, but still sufficient and we prefer the version with dedicated buttons. There is no criticism for the functionality and you do not really need an external mouse.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Lenovo offers two different matte panels for the P71, one 1080p and one 4K UHD screen. Lenovo lists similar specifications for both IPS panels (300 nits, 800:1 contrast); only the resolution as well as the color gamut differ. Contrary to the previous generation you cannot get a touchscreen anymore.

Our test unit features the high-resolution screen from Panasonic (VVX17P051J00), which is already familiar from the ThinkPad P70. As with the smaller ThinkPad P51, you also get an integrated colorimeter from Pantone to calibrate the screen. This worked well on our P71 unit, so we use these results in our database.

The subjective picture impression is very good and backlight bleeding is not a big problem (unlike the P70). The PWM flickering at brightness levels of 90% or lower should not have a big effect, thanks to the high frequency of more than 1.4 kHz.

305
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
358
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 369 cd/m² Average: 337.8 cd/m² Minimum: 6.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 363 cd/m²
Contrast: 1155:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 77% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.16
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
LEN4123, VVX17P051J00, , 3840x2160, 17.3
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
Panasonic VVX17P051J00 / LEN4123, , 3840x2160, 17.3
MSI WE72 7RJ
LP173WF4-SPF1, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Fujitsu Celsius H970
LP173WF4-SPF3, , 1920x1080, 17.3
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Sharp SHP144C, , 3840x2160, 17.3
Dell Precision 7720
SHP1446 (LQ173D1), , 3840x2160, 17.3
Response Times
-30%
-15%
2%
-46%
-60%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
34.8 (15.2, 19.6)
11%
45.2 (27.2, 18)
-15%
32 (14.8, 17.2)
18%
56.8 (27.6, 29.2)
-45%
60 (26.8, 33.2)
-53%
Response Time Black / White *
23.2 (11.6, 11.6)
26.8 (4, 22.8)
-16%
26.4 (14.8, 11.6)
-14%
26.4 (14.8, 11.6)
-14%
38.4 (22.8, 15.6)
-66%
46.4 (28.4, 18)
-100%
PWM Frequency
1412 (90)
219.3 (99)
-84%
1020 (50)
-28%
1020 (20)
-28%
Screen
-26%
-73%
-66%
10%
-21%
Brightness middle
358
332
-7%
302
-16%
368
3%
391
9%
464
30%
Brightness
338
317
-6%
306
-9%
360
7%
360
7%
441
30%
Brightness Distribution
83
86
4%
93
12%
91
10%
87
5%
89
7%
Black Level *
0.31
0.397
-28%
0.31
-0%
0.3
3%
0.35
-13%
0.45
-45%
Contrast
1155
836
-28%
974
-16%
1227
6%
1117
-3%
1031
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.1
3.15
-50%
6.2
-195%
6.4
-205%
1.3
38%
3.2
-52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.6
5.55
-54%
10.6
-194%
10.1
-181%
2.5
31%
6.1
-69%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
3.72
-86%
7.3
-265%
7.2
-260%
1.8
10%
4.2
-110%
Gamma
2.16 102%
1.86 118%
2.08 106%
2.02 109%
2.11 104%
2.01 109%
CCT
6216 105%
6103 107%
7020 93%
6882 94%
6461 101%
6736 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
77
74.3
-4%
56
-27%
55.5
-28%
87.9
14%
88.1
14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.97
100
0%
85.2
-15%
84.4
-16%
100
0%
100
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-28% / -27%
-44% / -63%
-32% / -55%
-18% / -3%
-41% / -30%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB: 99.97%
vs. sRGB: 99.97%
vs. AdobeRGB: 77%
vs. AdobeRGB: 77%

The 4K panel in the ThinkPad P71 covers the smaller sRGB reference completely, and the wider AdobeRGB color space by 77%. This is on par with last year's model, but the two rivals from Dell and HP perform a little bit better, while the two models from MSI and Fujitsu fall behind. Unlike some of the rivals, Lenovo does not offer any settings for the color space. This can be useful if you want to create graphics for the sRGB color space, for example. We therefore checked the performance compared to both references.

CalMAN vs. sRGB (not calibrated)
CalMAN vs. sRGB (not calibrated)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (not calibrated)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (not calibrated)

Our measurements determine slightly better results compared to the ThinkPad P70 with an average luminance of about 340 nits, but the brightness distribution is no highlight at just 83%. The black value is decent at 0.31 cd/m² (contrast 1155:1) and the average DeltaE-2000 deviations compared to the sRGB reference are already under the important value of 3. The comparison with the two premium rivals Dell Precision 7720 and HP ZBook 17 G4, both equipped with the best display options (PremierColor and DreamColor, respectively) is also interesting. They are even brighter, but the accuracy is not much better compared to the 4K panel of the ThinkPad P71.

CalMAN vs. sRGB (Pantone)
CalMAN vs. sRGB (Pantone)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (Pantone)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (Pantone)

Our own calibration (X-Rite i1Pro 2) improves the grayscale performance in particular. The DeltaE-2000 deviations (colors) are also lower, but there are still some outliers (especially vs. sRGB).

All in all, the integrated calibration is decent on our particular test model and a comprehensive calibration is not always necessary. However, we have had mixed results from the integrated calibration in the past, and it is not successful on every device.

CalMAN vs. sRGB (NBC)
CalMAN vs. sRGB (NBC)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (NBC)
CalMAN vs. AdobeRGB (NBC)

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
23.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 11.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 18.8 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. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 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 1412 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1412 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1412 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 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The matte screen surface is obviously an advantage outdoors, but the big display would benefit from an even higher luminance. Still, the ThinkPad P71 is hardly a portable travel companion, and there are no problems indoors. This is also the case for the viewing angles of the IPS screen, because you can see the content from every perspective.

In the sun
In the sun
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The ThinkPad P71 is Lenovo's most powerful mobile workstation, which is also reflected in the specification sheet. You can choose between four different mobile quad-core CPUs from Intel (2x Core i7, 2x Xeon), which can be combined with up to 64 GB of DDR4-RAM (optional ECC with the Xeons). The list of GPUs includes four dedicated chips from Nvidia, starting with the small M620M, which is still based on the old Maxwell architecture, all the way up to the new Pascal models (P3000P4000 & P5000).

 

Processor

Our ThinkPad P71 is equipped with the Kaby Lake processor Core i7-7820HQ. It can reach up to 3.9 GHz and is just ahead of the very popular Core i7-7700HQ, which can also be found in many modern gaming and multimedia laptops. More specifications are available in our CPU section.

A quick look at Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility shows that Lenovo hardly limits the processor at all. Instead of the default 45-W limit, which usually sets in after ~30 seconds on most devices, the CPU in the P71 can consume 60W for sustained periods and even up to 75W for short periods of time. This should pay off when you select one of the two Xeons. The i7-7820HQ does not really benefit from the raised limit; 4x 3.5 GHz in the Cinebench Multi test only results in 44W. Only extremely high workloads such as Prime95 can result in up to 64W before the Power Limit 2 at 60-W sets in (and is maintained).

Intel XTU
Intel XTU
Intel XTU Advanced
Intel XTU Advanced
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The steady performance in our Cinebench Multi loop without any signs of throttling is therefore no surprise. The Xeon chips are obviously a bit faster (see comparison chart below), but the ThinkPad P71 can also be configured with them.

Lenovo limits the performance on battery to 60W, but this is still very generous and does not affect the Cinebench score, for example.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Precision 7720
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
179 Points ∼100% +8%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
175 Points ∼98% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
171 Points ∼96% +3%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
171 Points ∼96% +3%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
170 Points ∼95% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
166 Points ∼93%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼89% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Precision 7720
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
848 Points ∼100% +11%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
806 Points ∼95% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
792 Points ∼93% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
762 Points ∼90%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼88% -2%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
737 Points ∼87% -3%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
675 Points ∼80% -11%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6835
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22977
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6118
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.28 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
92.35 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.83 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
166 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
100.66 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
762 Points
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System Performance

Neither the PCMark 8 Work test nor the modern PCMark 10 worked on the test model, which is a bit strange. We suspect an issue with the drivers, because the results are not particularly good in the other two PCMark 8 sub tests (Home/Creative) considering the powerful components.

However, we did not experience any other limitations during our time with the unit and all other benchmarks/applications worked just fine. The subjective performance impression is also great.

PCMark 8
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
7663 (min: 7649, max: 7675) Points ∼100% +20%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7135 Points ∼93% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6402 Points ∼84%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5498 Points ∼72% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
4648 (min: 4587, max: 4670) Points ∼100% +30%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
4295 Points ∼92% +20%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
3772 Points ∼81% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3578 Points ∼77%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3578 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
6402 points
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Storage Devices

You can equip the ThinkPad P71 with a total of four storage drives. In addition to both M.2 slots (with PCIe support) and the regular 2.5-inch tray, you can also install another HDD instead of the optical drive. Our test model is shipped with a fast NVMe-SSD from Samsung, which is also the case for most rivals (only Dell's Precision 7720 uses a Toshiba NVMe-SSD), so they are all very close in this section. More benchmarks for many other SSDs & HDDs are listed in our Tech section.

Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
MSI WE72 7RJ
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
Dell Precision 7720
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-5%
-17%
-8%
-7%
Write 4k QD32
574.2
589.8
3%
522
-9%
548.91
-4%
466.97
-19%
Read 4k QD32
666.5
681.2
2%
589.8
-12%
660.27
-1%
590.33
-11%
Write 4k
177
184.2
4%
87.45
-51%
159.3
-10%
145.04
-18%
Read 4k
61.19
59.94
-2%
42.86
-30%
54.88
-10%
45.33
-26%
Write 512
1197
1483
24%
1258
5%
1196.53
0%
1287.21
8%
Read 512
880.4
312.6
-64%
395.5
-55%
406.66
-54%
1226.83
39%
Write Seq
1512
1512
0%
1622
7%
1662
10%
1186.7
-22%
Read Seq
1628
1492
-8%
1821
12%
1766.6
9%
1532
-6%
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Sequential Read: 1628 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1512 MB/s
512K Read: 880.4 MB/s
512K Write: 1197 MB/s
4K Read: 61.19 MB/s
4K Write: 177 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 666.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 574.2 MB/s

GPU Performance

The current situation for Nvidia's professional GPUs is a bit complicated right now. Similar to the consumer models (GeForce), Nvidia launched the high-end Pascal chips first, while smaller chips are still based on the older Maxwell architecture. The Quadro P3000 in our test model is currently the slowest Pascal model. It is equipped with 1280 shaders as well as 6 GB of GDDR5-VRAM, which is similar to the standard GTX 1060 (Laptop), but the clock is much lower. While the core of the GTX 1060 can run at more than 1600 MHz, the frequency on the P3000 is capped at 1240 MHz.

This is also noticeable in the benchmarks that depend on the raw GPU performance (like 3DMarks), where the P3000 is much closer to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti than the GTX 1060. The direct predecessor, Quadro M3000M is still easily beaten, and even the old Quadro M4000M falls behind the new Pascal GPU.

The new P3000 also performs well in OpenGL and OpenCL test, because the old M3000M is often beaten. The GPU performance is not restricted on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
20096 (min: 19942, max: 20278) Points ∼100% +80%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
19569 Points ∼97% +75%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
15433 Points ∼77% +38%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14518 Points ∼72% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
11162 Points ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
10259 Points ∼51% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9904 Points ∼49% -11%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
9708 Points ∼48% -13%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
8313 Points ∼41% -26%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7319 Points ∼36% -34%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
14666 Points ∼100% +63%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
14665 (min: 14572, max: 14667) Points ∼100% +63%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
12259 Points ∼84% +36%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11011 Points ∼75% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
9022 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
7795 Points ∼53% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
7723 Points ∼53% -14%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
6935 Points ∼47% -23%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
6658 Points ∼45% -26%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5869 Points ∼40% -35%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
88.2 fps ∼100% +64%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
86.6 fps ∼98% +61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
53.8 fps ∼61%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
29.5 fps ∼33% -45%
Extreme Preset DX11
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
100.3 fps ∼100% +69%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
95.6 fps ∼95% +61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
59.3 fps ∼59%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35.1 fps ∼35% -41%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
74.8 fps ∼100% +47%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
73.9 fps ∼99% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
50.9 fps ∼68%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
38.5 fps ∼51% -24%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
30.7 fps ∼41% -40%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
28.1 fps ∼38% -45%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
60.8 fps ∼100% +50%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
55.4 fps ∼91% +37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
40.5 fps ∼67%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
32.2 fps ∼53% -20%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
26.6 fps ∼44% -34%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
23.1 fps ∼38% -43%
SiSoft Sandra 2016
Image Processing
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
785.7 MPix/s ∼100% +85%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
773.1 MPix/s ∼98% +82%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
527.4 MPix/s ∼67% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
424.31 MPix/s ∼54%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
322.56 MPix/s ∼41% -24%
GP Cryptography (Higher Security AES256+SHA2-512)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
33.33 GB/s ∼100% +87%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
33.08 GB/s ∼99% +86%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
17.82 GB/s ∼53%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
12.74 GB/s ∼38% -29%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
12.47 GB/s ∼37% -30%
GP Financial Analysis (FP High/Double Precision)
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
100.48 KOPT/s ∼100% +113%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
99.55 KOPT/s ∼99% +111%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
66.36 KOPT/s ∼66% +40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
47.27 KOPT/s ∼47%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
32.46 KOPT/s ∼32% -31%
SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Siemens NX
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
111.36 fps ∼100% +118%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
56.65 fps ∼51% +11%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
56.48 fps ∼51% +10%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
53.04 fps ∼48% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
51.16 fps ∼46%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
49.91 fps ∼45% -2%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
49 fps ∼44% -4%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48.26 fps ∼43% -6%
1920x1080 Tcvis
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
58.13 fps ∼100% +15%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
56.28 fps ∼97% +11%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
53.43 fps ∼92% +6%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
52.55 fps ∼90% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
50.6 fps ∼87%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
49.94 fps ∼86% -1%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
49.11 fps ∼84% -3%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
36 fps ∼62% -29%
1920x1080 SolidWorks
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
74 fps ∼100% +36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
61.34 fps ∼83% +13%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
56.94 fps ∼77% +5%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
55.55 fps ∼75% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
54.36 fps ∼73%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
50.91 fps ∼69% -6%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
48.01 fps ∼65% -12%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
42.66 fps ∼58% -22%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
22.46 fps ∼100% +15%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
21.62 fps ∼96% +11%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
20.8 fps ∼93% +7%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
19.73 fps ∼88% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
19.51 fps ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
18.79 fps ∼84% -4%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
16.23 fps ∼72% -17%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
11.7 fps ∼52% -40%
1920x1080 Maya
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
109.16 fps ∼100% +89%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
106 fps ∼97% +84%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
57.89 fps ∼53% 0%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
57.87 fps ∼53% 0%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
57.76 fps ∼53% 0%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
57.76 fps ∼53% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
57.62 fps ∼53%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
56.57 fps ∼52% -2%
1920x1080 Lightwave
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
84 fps ∼100% +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
76.25 fps ∼91% +35%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
58.2 fps ∼69% +3%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
57.65 fps ∼69% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
56.35 fps ∼67%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
52.24 fps ∼62% -7%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
51.87 fps ∼62% -8%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
47.95 fps ∼57% -15%
1920x1080 Ensight
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
110.21 fps ∼100% +86%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
70 fps ∼64% +18%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
59.34 fps ∼54% 0%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
59.34 fps ∼54% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
59.26 fps ∼54%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
59.24 fps ∼54% 0%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
59.1 fps ∼54% 0%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
55.72 fps ∼51% -6%
1920x1080 Catia
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
82.32 fps ∼100% +64%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
61 fps ∼74% +21%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
53.44 fps ∼65% +6%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
51.72 fps ∼63% +3%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
50.65 fps ∼62% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
50.34 fps ∼61%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48.49 fps ∼59% -4%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
48.39 fps ∼59% -4%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
164.95 fps ∼100% +54%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
142.34 fps ∼86% +33%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
117.07 fps ∼71% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
107.33 fps ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
97.11 fps ∼59% -10%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
85.32 fps ∼52% -21%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
84.84 fps ∼51% -21%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
73 fps ∼44% -32%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
178.76 fps ∼100% +144%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
157.44 fps ∼88% +115%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
127.75 fps ∼71% +74%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
83.11 fps ∼46% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
73.27 fps ∼41%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
65.79 fps ∼37% -10%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
63 fps ∼35% -14%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
58.06 fps ∼32% -21%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
68.76 fps ∼100% +27%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
67.16 fps ∼98% +24%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
65.51 fps ∼95% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
54 fps ∼79%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
43.81 fps ∼64% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
40.33 fps ∼59% -25%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
37 fps ∼54% -31%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
32.77 fps ∼48% -39%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
68.08 fps ∼100% +132%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
62.74 fps ∼92% +114%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
39.4 fps ∼58% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
29.32 fps ∼43%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
27 fps ∼40% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
26.06 fps ∼38% -11%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
22.34 fps ∼33% -24%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
20.34 fps ∼30% -31%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
102.09 fps ∼100% +58%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
88.79 fps ∼87% +37%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
77.88 fps ∼76% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
64.61 fps ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
64.04 fps ∼63% -1%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
50.38 fps ∼49% -22%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
46.94 fps ∼46% -27%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
46 fps ∼45% -29%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
14.68 fps ∼100% +93%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
14.22 fps ∼97% +87%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
10.29 fps ∼70% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
7.6 fps ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
6.04 fps ∼41% -21%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
4.85 fps ∼33% -36%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4.28 fps ∼29% -44%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
3.17 fps ∼22% -58%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
131.53 fps ∼100% +54%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
117.15 fps ∼89% +37%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
97.14 fps ∼74% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
85.55 fps ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
78.36 fps ∼60% -8%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
68.52 fps ∼52% -20%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
64.76 fps ∼49% -24%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
50 fps ∼38% -42%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
155.63 fps ∼100% +69%
Dell Precision 7720
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
139.86 fps ∼90% +52%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
115.22 fps ∼74% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
92.31 fps ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70-20ER000XUS
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
88.09 fps ∼57% -5%
HP ZBook 17 G3 TZV66eA
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
77.86 fps ∼50% -16%
MSI WE72 7RJ
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
73.2 fps ∼47% -21%
Dell Precision 7710
AMD FirePro W7170M, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
58 fps ∼37% -37%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
93.62 fps ∼100%
3DMark 06 Standard
29440 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
33390 points
3DMark 11 Performance
10738 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
24854 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8003 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
4175 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2999 points
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Gaming Performance

The Quadro P3000 can obviously not keep up with the gaming performance of the consumer GeForce GTX 1060 thanks to the lower clock, but is still ahead of the GTX 1050 Ti. This is sufficient for smooth gameplay in modern titles (high or even max. details), but only in 1080p. The native 4K UHD resolution is just too challenging. The modern Quadro drivers are usually no problem for games, only brand-new titles sometimes require more modern drivers (you can use the regular GeForce drivers in these cases). More gaming benchmarks are listed here.

low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 231.9203.7184.789.8fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 233.9129.880.771.661.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 167.2103.659.131.221.8fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 180.9156.482.570.327.4fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 278.2189.5107.378.834.9fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 176.410759.450.321fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 103.777.643.322.914.5fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 165.8139.568.760.625.1fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 143.8136.866.353.921.1fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 120.8114.279.968.730.9fps
For Honor (2017) 199.787.181.657.324.8fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 107.753.748.42619.5fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 8441.228.725.49.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

The powerful and at yet quiet cooling solution is once again an advantage of the ThinkPad P71. The two fans are often deactivated in practice and hardly disturbing at 32 to 34 dB(A) during more challenging tasks. The noise can be described as a pleasant murmur without any annoying frequencies. The noise level of the cooling mainly depends on the CPU load. The maximum value is 39.1 dB(A), but we only recorded 34.7 dB(A) in the “Witcher 3”. This is pretty much on par with the old ThinkPad P71, which was equipped with the Quadro M3000M. The SKU with the more powerful Quadro M4000M on the other hand was noticeably louder (up to 45 dB(A)), so you can expect higher results for configurations with the more powerful Quadro P4000 or even P5000 as well.

There is unfortunately some occasional coil whine at about 30 dB(A), which slightly affects the good overall impression.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 32.2 dB(A)
Load
34.7 / 39.1 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)
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Noise
-16%
-13%
-9%
-3%
off / environment *
29.2
29.3
-0%
30.2
-3%
29.6
-1%
29.5
-1%
Idle Minimum *
29.2
36.3
-24%
30.2
-3%
29.6
-1%
29.5
-1%
Idle Average *
29.2
36.3
-24%
32.8
-12%
31.7
-9%
29.5
-1%
Idle Maximum *
32.2
36.6
-14%
32.8
-2%
34.4
-7%
29.5
8%
Load Average *
34.7
40.4
-16%
47.3
-36%
41.3
-19%
35
-1%
Load Maximum *
39.1
46.6
-19%
47.3
-21%
45.6
-17%
47.8
-22%
Witcher 3 ultra *
45.6
41

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The temperature development of the ThinkPad P71 (at least on our SKU) is exemplary. Only the rear gets warm under load, but a maximum of 44 °C (~111 °F) is anything but critical. The palm rests and large parts of the keyboard stay much cooler and there are no restrictions. As with the noise development, the temperatures will most probably be higher when you get more powerful components.

Our stress test with the synthetic tools Prime95 & FurMark is not a big challenge for Lenovo's cooling solution. The processor starts at 4x 3.5 GHz in Prime95 and then fluctuates between 3.4 and 3.5 GHz as soon as the 60-W limit sets in, while the GPU clock is steady at 1240 MHz in FurMark. Combined load for the components is a bigger challenge for the CPU cooling. The CPU cores almost hit 100 °C (~212 °F) after ~15 minutes, which results in a 45-W limitation (4x 2.9 to 3.0 GHz). The GPU is not affected and still runs at 1240 MHz and just 60 °C (~140 °F).

Max. Load
 44 °C
111 F
40.9 °C
106 F
43.5 °C
110 F
 
 35.6 °C
96 F
34.7 °C
94 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 29.8 °C
86 F
30 °C
86 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
40.4 °C
105 F
41.5 °C
107 F
43.9 °C
111 F
34.5 °C
94 F
34.8 °C
95 F
32.1 °C
90 F
31.4 °C
89 F
30.6 °C
87 F
30.4 °C
87 F
Maximum: 43.9 °C = 111 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.7 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 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 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 37.2 °C / 99 F, ranging from 23.1 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 43.9 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 40.3 °C / 105 F, ranging from 23.5 to 77.3 °C for the class Workstation.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.1 °C / 81 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 °C / 86 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-1.9 °C / -3.4 F).
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Speakers

The two mediocre stereo speakers (2x 2W) have not changed. We determine a maximum volume of just ~70 dB(A) and there is no dedicated subwoofer, so you do not get much bass either. The modules are certainly sufficient for voice transmissions (like conferences), but that is about it. We noticed some weird cracking noises on the ThinkPad P70, but this was not the case here.

You should definitely use external speakers for music playback or movie sessions on the 4K panel. This works well via a stereo jack or Bluetooth.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.933.92530.1353127.431.74026.7325024.530.76323.830.1802432.910022.633.112521.235.216020.23720020.944.725019.351.831518.655.840018.556.550017.66363017.365.880017.764.5100017.960.8125018.358.5160018.658.7200018.760250019.355.1315019.249.8400019.455.4500019.356.5630019.152.8800018.645.81000018.238.71250017.835.71600017.332.8SPL30.870.9N1.426.5median 18.6median 55.1Delta0.77.728.93129.829.128.528.426.529.130.529.726.628.325.928.525.427.822.227.920.628.220.131.119.432.418.93917.944.417.549.317.25517.257.817.460.817.861.118.362.718.664.918.961.319.158.819.26319.264.319.263.318.763.318.45917.856.517.350.130.673.81.430.5median 18.7median 57.81.111.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GEFujitsu Celsius H970
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 76% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Fujitsu Celsius H970 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 86% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 19%, worst was 31%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

SKUs with the Quadro P3000 are also shipped with the bulky 230-W power adapter, even though the smaller 170-W model would have been sufficient. A direct comparison with the predecessor shows two things: The minimum consumption is now much lower, and the system is more efficient under medium workloads (3DMark 06). Here we can notice the influence of the more efficient Pascal GPU, which consumes less power despite the higher performance. The maximum consumption of the ThinkPad P71 is actually a bit higher, but other factors such as the higher CPU consumption have to be considered as well. The test model also performs well within our comparison group, only the Fujitsu Celsius H970 has an advantage, thanks to the lower display resolution.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.38 / 0.49 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.44 / 18 / 21.8 Watt
Load midlight 77.1 / 150.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
7820HQ, Quadro P3000, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6820HQ, Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P5000, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Dell Precision 7720
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P5000, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, IGZO, 3840x2160, 17.3
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Fujitsu Celsius H970
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P4000, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
-16%
-27%
-22%
-24%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
7.44
12.1
-63%
12.9
-73%
9.6
-29%
15
-102%
10.7
-44%
Idle Average *
18
19.7
-9%
19.6
-9%
20.5
-14%
20.1
-12%
15.8
12%
Idle Maximum *
21.8
20.5
6%
23.6
-8%
22.9
-5%
23.8
-9%
17.8
18%
Load Average *
77.1
94.3
-22%
92.8
-20%
96.8
-26%
85.6
-11%
92
-19%
Load Maximum *
150.5
139.6
7%
190
-26%
202.1
-34%
128
15%
137
9%
Witcher 3 ultra *
148.5

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

96 Wh battery
96 Wh battery

The battery capacity is unchanged at 96 Wh (8 cells), and most of the rivals are on par. MSI's mobile workstation is the only exception with its small 51-Wh module. Our battery tests reflect the consumption measurements pretty well, because the maximum runtime is almost twice as long as on the P70. The battery only lasts for about one hour under load, which is also supported by the SPECviewperf 12 benchmark. Some of the competitors last longer thanks to reduced performance on battery. However, the difference is not huge (92 minutes @HP ZBook 17 G4).

Maximum runtime (Battery Eater Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Battery Eater Reader's Test)
Minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
SPECviewperf 12
SPECviewperf 12

Both ThinkPads are very similar in the tests at an adjusted luminance (150 nits) and the results are decent within our comparison group. This luminance is used in the WLAN test (~6 hours) as well as the video loop (~8.5 hours). The Fujitsu Celsius with its 1080p panel has a small advantage.

WLAN test
WLAN test
Video test
Video test
Charging
Charging

The battery is quickly charged, despite the generous capacity. A full recharge takes 2.5 hours, but you get 50% after just 30 minutes when the device is turned on. You can also set charging limits to improve the battery health.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 32min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38.14393.1066.0)
5h 58min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 06min
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
7820HQ, Quadro P3000, 96 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6820HQ, Quadro M3000M, 96 Wh
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P5000, 95 Wh
Dell Precision 7720
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P5000, 91 Wh
MSI WE72 7RJ
7700HQ, Quadro M2200, 51 Wh
Fujitsu Celsius H970
E3-1535M v6, Quadro P4000, 96 Wh
Battery Runtime
-16%
-16%
-8%
-55%
22%
Reader / Idle
872
464
-47%
469
-46%
685
-21%
268
-69%
1002
15%
H.264
517
452
-13%
316
-39%
405
-22%
181
-65%
573
11%
WiFi v1.3
358
361
1%
295
-18%
379
6%
177
-51%
542
51%
Load
66
64
-3%
92
39%
70
6%
42
-36%
74
12%

Verdict

Pros

+ very good performance utilization
+ good and usually quiet cooling
+ very good 4K panel
+ usable integrated color calibration
+ decent battery runtime
+ excellent input devices
+ easy to upgrade (4x RAM, 4x storage)

Cons

- poor speakers
- PWM
- minor coil whine
- bad webcam
- expensive
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P71. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad P71. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.

If it is not broken, do not fix it – this might have been Lenovo's approach for the ThinkPad P71. The previous P70 was the first 17-inch workstation for quite a while, but there were no major issues.

Some aspects are even better this year, like the improved scaling in Windows 10 (even though this is hardly Lenovo's accomplishment). Nothing has changed in terms of the very good 4K panel, but the integrated calibration works much better this time. You still get a sturdy chassis, excellent input devices, and a good cooling solution, which enables an almost perfect performance utilization on our test model.

This brings us to the changes: the components. The new Kaby Lake processor is just a minor upgrade compared to the old Skylake model, but the Quadro P3000 GPU is much faster and at the same time more efficient than the previous Quadro M3000M. The fans stay quiet most of the time and the temperatures are not critical either, so you can enjoy a very comfortable work environment, even under load. We have already mentioned that this will probably change a bit when you opt for one of the more powerful graphics cards (P4000 & P5000).

The highlight of the ThinkPad P71 is the new GPU generation. Thanks to the good cooling solution, the very good display, and great input devices, you get one if the best mobile workstation on the market.

We cannot find any major flaws this year. The webcam could finally get an upgrade and we expect better speakers on such a big mobile workstation. The occasional coil whine is more annoying since the fans are often deactivated during light workloads, so you easily hear any additional sounds in quiet environments.

Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE - 12/18/2017 v6
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
94%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
80 / 81 → 98%
Weight
53 / 10-66 → 77%
Battery
89%
Display
93%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 95%
Noise
84 / 90 → 93%
Audio
64%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
81%
90%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2017-12-21 (Update: 2017-12-22)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.