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Lenovo's ThinkPad P53 offers incredible GPU horsepower

Lenovo now offers better GPU options and for the first time, an OLED display in its 15-inch workstation. Nvidia's Quadro RTX 5000 offers a level of performance that is usually exclusive to 17-inch models.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P53 is a traditional 15.6-inch mobile workstation with a lot of ports, powerful hardware and - compared to many slim & light devices - a fairly chunky chassis. While the chassis looks largely identical to last year's ThinkPad P52, a few things have changed under the hood.

Particularly in the graphics department, a lot has changed and with the Quadro RTX 4000 & RTX 5000, Lenovo now offers significantly faster chips than previously. This level of performance is usually reserved for larger 17-inch workstations. However, as our extensive review has shown, Lenovo uses the weakest version of the RTX 5000, which has a power rating of 80 watts. Considering the form factor, the performance level is still very good, although we would have liked for the manufacturer to specify which variant is installed. Users paying a premium for an optional GPU upgrade should know what kind of performance they can expect.

While the fans themselves do not exhaust their capabilities, the cooling solution as a whole reaches its limits during combined CPU & GPU loads. This should not be an issue for configurations with slower graphics cards, however.

There were changes in terms of the display options as well, allowing users to now choose between the default Full-HD screen (IPS, 300 cd/m²) and a better Full-HD display (IPS, 500 cd/m²), the latter of which achieved good overall results in our tests. Alternatively, there are two 4K options (matte IPS & glossy OLED), the addition of which should allow all buyers to find a suitable display option.

The webcam is poor and the speakers are unlikely to impress anyone, but there are no real weaknesses overall. The ThinkPad P53 continues to be a very good mobile workstation.

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Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Laptops - 1401 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
I grew up with modern consumer electronics and my first computer was a Commodore C64, which encouraged my interest in building my own systems. I started working as a review editor for Notebookcheck during my dual studies at Siemens. Currently, I am mainly responsible for dealing with business laptops and mobile workstations. It’s a great experience to be able to review the latest devices and technologies and then compare them with each other.
Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 321 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Andreas Osthoff, 2019-11-15 (Update: 2019-11-15)