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Lenovo updates ThinkPad workstation line with P71, P51, and P51s

Lenovo's new ThinkPad P51, P51s, and P70 are outfitted with the latest NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo's new ThinkPad P51, P51s, and P70 are outfitted with the latest NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has refreshed their ThinkPad Workstations. The P51s is a thin-and-light workstation class notebook, the P51 now has a 4K screen with 100% color gamut coverage, and the P71 is a VR-ready workhorse.

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Today, Lenovo updated to their ThinkPad workstation lineup with the announcement of the P51, P51s, and P70 notebooks. These notebooks represent the latest and greatest from NVIDIA’s line of Quadro GPUs.

The P51s is an evolution of last year’s P50s, a thin-and-light mobile workstation. Weighing in at 4.3 lbs (1.95 kg), the P51s is a half-pound lighter than the P50s while still packing improved internals. The P51s will have a 7th generation Intel Core-i7 processor and NVIDIA’s new Quadro M520 with 384 CUDA cores and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. This GPU should be notably faster than the M500M found in the P50s, which had 1-2 GB of slower DDR3 VRAM. Lenovo is touting the P51s as a workstation made for the road warrior. In addition to its light and thin chassis, the P51s will also feature Lenovo’s Power Bridge technology for hot-swapping batteries and a Thunderbolt 3 port for fast throughput with connected devices.

The P51 is a much more powerful workstation at the cost of a bigger package. At 5.6 lbs (2.5 kg), the P51 is still very portable like the P50 before it. Equipped with either an Intel Kaby Lake Core or Xeon E3-v6 processor and an NVIDIA Quadro M2200 with 4 GB of GDDR5, the P51 packs some serious power in its portable frame. The device can also be configured with a 4K screen calibrated to cover 100% of the AdobeRGB color gamut.

The star of the show is the P71, a high-specced beast that’s VR-ready. It can be equipped with either an Intel Kaby Lake Core or Xeon E3-v6 processor and up to an NVIDIA Quadro P5000. The Pascal-based P5000 has 1792 CUDA cores, 16 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a 256-bit interface, and a memory bandwidth of 192 GB/sec, placing it close to a GTX 1070. The P71 will also have two Thunderbolt 3 ports for further expansion options as well as up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of PCIe-NVMe storage. The P70 was the best workstation on offer from Lenovo, and the P71 looks to take that title.

The P51s will be available in March starting at $1,049. The P51 and P71 will be available in April starting at $1,399 and $1,849, respectively. More information can be found at Lenovo’s website here.

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Sam Medley, 2017-02- 6 (Update: 2017-02- 3)
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