Anyone in the market for a Lenovo ThinkPad P16 G1 is spoiled for choice. Processor, display, RAM, SSD, and numerous other options, are everywhere to be found. That also applies to the graphics chips on offer. Nvidia alone has the RTX A1000, RTX A2000, RTX A3000, RTX A4500 and RTX A5500.
Our recently reviewed device, the ThinkPad P16, contains the Nvidia RTX A2000 and you'd be right in thinking it's maybe not the fastest version but not the slowest either.
However, as our review revealed, there is one problem: Lenovo has randomly given the GPUs varying TDP values. RTX A3000, RTX A4500 and RTX A5500 can consume up to 115 watts. The Nvidia RTX A2000 grants Lenovo only around half of that with only 60 watts. The same applies to the A1000 entry-level model.
In our review, the ThinkPad P16 was the slowest laptop equipped with an RTX A2000. While the ThinkPad's graphics performance remained uninspiring, it scored very highly in the CPU area. Even worse: Under load, the RTX A2000 was unable to keep to a stained 60 watts. Instead, the consumption sank to 45 watts. The culprit appears to be a driver problem as the Lenovo laptop ran neither extremely loudly nor hot during the GPU test.
In our opinion, when purchasing the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 G1, configurations with the RTX A2000 should be avoided. The RTX A1000 is the better, money-saving option if the GPU is not vitally important. Otherwise, at least the Nvidia RTX A3000 should be considered which will probably deliver significantly better GPU performance.
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
Translator:Andrew Dickson - Translator - 60 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022
My lifelong passion for tech was born in a gadget-filled household in Scotland. From games consoles to cameras to computers. Early adopters, so early the phrase might have been coined with our family in mind.
On finishing school, I trained and qualified as a golf professional before moving to Germany, where I have worked and lived for over 30 years.
In 2002, I formed a successful English language centre, providing training, translations and digital learning systems to numerous businesses in the Rhein Neckar metropole area.
Whether augmented or virtual reality, smart devices, mobile technology, sustainable environmental solutions, the tech world is as exciting now as it has ever been.
Working with Notebookcheck allows me to combine my love of both tech and language.