Review of the ThinkPad T14s with an Intel Comet Lake chip also highlights AMD's supremacy
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A few years ago the ThinkPad world was much simpler: Almost all ThinkPad laptops had an Intel CPU. Intel processors and ThinkPad business laptops came hand in hand. Therefore, there was only one model to review.
Things have changed since that. Last year Lenovo updated two-thirds of its T-series ThinkPads with AMD chips, including the premium T Slim models. Last year, there were the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s with Intel CPUs and the Lenovo ThinkPad T495s with ADM processors.
Both models have been replaced by the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 this year. AMD and Intel models no longer have different names. However, there is a huge difference in performance. What a couple of years ago seemed impossible is true today: The AMD model is faster.
This is what our comprehensive review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 with an Intel CPU reveals. In the multi-core benchmarks, the Intel model is far behind the AMD variant. Here, the AMD model is more than two times faster. It beats the Intel model in the gaming benchmarks as well.
There are not many reasons to buy an Intel-based T14s. The 4K screen and a Thunderbolt 3 port appear to be the only arguments. The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 1 with an AMD CPU seems to be one of the most interesting ThinkPads this year, after all it combines the positive attributes of the ThinkPad T14s such as the high-quality, light case with a great deal of CPU performance. Our comprehensive review of the AMD model is coming soon.