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The first ThinkPad with Ryzen 4000 has arrived: AMD much faster than Intel

ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 AMD
ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 AMD
The E15 Gen.2 is the first Lenovo ThinkPad with the new AMD Renoir processor in our editorial office. Initial benchmark results show that the Ryzen 7 4700U is sometimes twice as fast as a current Core i7 from Intel. The integrated Vega GPU is also faster than the dedicated RX640 GPU. Update: Battery runtime about 10-15% shorter compared to Intel version

We have received the ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 with the Ryzen 4000 processor (Renoir) and we have already performed some benchmarks. Our test model is a special campus model for students and teachers with the designation 20T9S00K00 with an RRP of just 705 Euros (without Windows license). In addition to the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor and the integrated RX Vega 7 GPU, you also get 16 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe-SSD storage. The comparable Intel model with the Core i7-10510U (Comet Lake-U) is almost 100 Euros more expensive, and the version with the Intel CPU & AMD dGPU costs almost 1000 Euros. But are these prices still justified?

Processor: AMD is much faster

The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is a mobile processor with 8 Zen-2 cores clocked at up to 4.1 GHz. However, the CPU does not support SMT/Hyperthreading, so each core can only execute one thread. The big advantage is the much smaller 7 nm manufacturing process, which has a positive effect on the performance-per-watt ratio. Intel's Comet Lake CPUs are still manufactured in a 14 nm process; Ice Lake in 10 nm. More information about the new Ryzen processor is available in our Tech section.

Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
184 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
182 Points ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
178 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 20RD0011GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
174 Points ∼95% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
144 Points ∼78% -21%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1139 Points ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
733 Points ∼64% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
683 (680.39min - 687.17max) Points ∼60% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 20RD0011GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
586 Points ∼51% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
553 Points ∼49% -51%

We start with the single-core performance, and the Ryzen 7 4700U is pretty much on par with the Core i7 chips from Intel, so AMD managed to close the gap. The performance advantage over the old Ryzen 7 3700U is pretty impressive at 28%. When you stress all cores, the new AMD processor is much faster than the rivals. The CPU in the ThinkPad E15 can consume 30 Watts and then 28 Watts, which is sufficient for 8x 3.2-3.3 GHz. Contrary to modern Intel CPUs, where the performance often drops significantly after the first couple of benchmark runs, the results of the ThinkPad E15 are pretty stable and we can only see small fluctuations after 15 benchmark iterations. After a total of 25 CB Multi runs, the AMD model is still more than twice as fast as the E15 equipped with the Comet Lake i7 and even the Ice Lake i7 in the much more expensive Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is clearly beaten.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00 Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU: Ø1069 (991.33-1139.11)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 20RD0011GE Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU: Ø537 (533-579)
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G: Ø503 (498-544)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG: Ø684 (680.39-687.17)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe: Ø717 (684.67-772.41)

Graphics Card: Vega RX 7 beats Radeon RX640

The initial GPU scores are also promising. The integrated GPUs from Intel (both Comet Lake as well as Ice Lake) are clearly beaten and even the ThinkPad E15 with the dedicated AMD Radeon RX 640 GPU is slightly surpassed. The old Vega 10 iGPU is about 40 % slower. We will obviously check the actual gaming performance of AMD's new iGPU for our full review.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
5422 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 20RD0011GE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4998 Points ∼92% -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4612 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3287 Points ∼61% -39%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
1844 Points ∼34% -66%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
3561 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 20RD0011GE
Radeon RX 640, i7-10510U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
3279 Points ∼92% -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
3062 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
2025 Points ∼57% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad E590-20NC0003GE
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
1183 Points ∼33% -67%

First Impressions - AMD could be the better choice from now on

Our initial impressions of the new ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 with the AMD Ryzen 4000 CPU are very good. In addition to the high performance, it looks like there are no major implementation issues, either. The fans are pretty quiet so far, but we still have to check the temperatures and obviously the battery runtime. So far, we cannot see any obvious limitations, and the ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 is even equipped with the fast AX200 Wi-Fi module from Intel (Wi-Fi 6), despite the low price.

Update: The battery runtime of the AMD model is a bit shorter compared to the Intel SKU. We see a deficit of ~14% in the video test (9h vs. 10.5h) and ~8% in the Wi-Fi test (7h vs. 7.5h). We performed both tests at a brightness of 150 nits.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-06-25 (Update: 2020-06-29)
Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks
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.