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ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3 2020: Lenovo's Premium Multimedia Laptop with GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in Review

All good things come in threes? Lenovo now sells the third generation of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme with slightly more powerful components. The case and the cooling solution have not changed, so is it still sufficient, or is it time for a more substantial redesign?
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We were a little surprised that Lenovo once again uses the familiar chassis for the third version of its multimedia laptop. The updates are limited to a refreshed Intel processor (10th generation) as well as the slightly more powerful GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q. We are obviously eager to see how the familiar cooling solution will handle the faster GPU, or if you can just get the predecessor.

Our test unit with the designation 20TLS0UV00 is an education model without Windows. For about 1950 Euros, you get a Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB PCIe-SSD, the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU, as well as a matte 1080p panel with HDR400 support, but it is still a 16:9 panel. There is currently no corresponding topseller unit for regular customers and you cannot customize the X1 Extreme Gen3 at Lenovo right now, but we expect a price bump of 400-500 Euros (including Windows).

Some areas are identical to the previous model of the X1 Extreme, so please have a look at our previous review for more information on the case, the maintenance, the input devices, and the speakers:

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Processor
Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, 90 W PL2 / Short Burst, 62 W PL1 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q - 4096 MB, Core: 1600 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, 35 W TDP, 460.79, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single-Channel, DDR4-3200, 1/2 Slots free, up to 64 GB
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, N156HCE-GN1, IPS, glossy: no, HDR, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel WM490 (Comet Lake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02, 1024 GB 
, 917 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, Card Reader: SD UHS-II, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.7 x 361.8 x 245.7 ( = 0.74 x 14.24 x 9.67 in)
Battery
80 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo (2x 2W), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 135W PSU, USB-C to LAN Adapter, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.705 kg ( = 60.14 oz / 3.76 pounds), Power Supply: 500 g ( = 17.64 oz / 1.1 pounds)
Price
1950 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
1.7 kg18.7 mm15.60"1920x1080
90 %
06/2020
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
i7-10875H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2 kg18 mm15.60"3840x2400
90 %
12/2019
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
i9-9880H, Radeon Pro 5500M
2 kg16.2 mm16.00"3072x1920
87 %
12/2020
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
88 %
12/2020
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.7 kg15 mm15.60"1920x1080
87 %
02/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
1.7 kg18.7 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case & Connectivity - ThinkPad is almost unchanged

Compared to the second generation of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme there are only differences in terms of connectivity. The notebook is now available with LTE, but you must select it when you buy the device, because the X1 Extreme Gen3 is not WWAN-ready (no antennas installed). The Mini-Ethernet port is gone and there is no dedicated LAN card anymore (Intel I219-V in the predecessor), but you get a USB-C to Ethernet adapter instead. The SmartCard reader was removed as well. The basic chassis construction did not change, however. If you go for a configuration with a 4K screen, you will get a lid with a carbon fiber pattern.

Size Comparison

361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 1.7 kg3.76 lbs361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 1.7 kg3.77 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.38 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 16.2 mm / 0.638 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.7 kg3.66 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs
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Right side: SD reader, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen.1 (1x Always-On), Kensington Lock
Right side: SD reader, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen.1 (1x Always-On), Kensington Lock
Left side: Power (SlimTip), 2x Thunderbolt 3 w/ USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen.2, DisplayPort), HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm stereo
Left side: Power (SlimTip), 2x Thunderbolt 3 w/ USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen.2, DisplayPort), HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm stereo
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.5 MB/s ∼100% +93%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
164 MB/s ∼83% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
103 MB/s ∼52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 222, n=61, last 2 years)
80.3 MB/s ∼40% -22%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
74.2 MB/s ∼37% -28%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
211.9 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.6 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197.9 MB/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.2 - 217, n=60, last 2 years)
91.2 MB/s ∼43% -57%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
83.4 MB/s ∼39% -61%
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1434 (1394min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1431 (566min - 1523max) MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1364 (1300min - 1398max) MBit/s ∼95% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1346 (725min - 1495max) MBit/s ∼94%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=242)
1149 MBit/s ∼80% -15%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1049 (862min - 1225max) MBit/s ∼73% -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 1563, n=78, last 2 years)
949 MBit/s ∼66% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
581 (533min - 616max) MBit/s ∼41% -57%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1446 (653min - 1555max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1431 (1279min - 1644max) MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1383 (1007min - 1505max) MBit/s ∼96%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1306 (653min - 1347max) MBit/s ∼90% -6%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (119 - 1743, n=242)
1228 MBit/s ∼85% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 1507, n=78, last 2 years)
1028 MBit/s ∼71% -26%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
922 (832min - 946max) MBit/s ∼64% -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
817 (806min - 821max) MBit/s ∼57% -41%
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ColorChecker
3.2 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00: 7.23 ∆E min: 3.11 - max: 15.28 ∆E

Display - X1 Extreme with matte 1080p screen

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Visible backlight bleeding (enhanced)
Visible backlight bleeding (enhanced)

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is still available with different panel options. In addition to the matte 1080p screen of our review unit, you can also get a 4K model or even a 4K OLED panel. We expect the switch to 16:10 panels for the next model, so we still have to live with the 16:9 options.

The subjective picture quality of the 1080p screen is good, and even bright areas do not appear grainy. Yes, 4K panels create even sharper images, but contents are still sufficiently crisp here and you will not have any scaling issues with Windows. 

The average brightness is above 500 cd/m² and even surpasses the 4K screen we reviewed on the 2019 model. The black value is a bit high at 0.38, but the contrast ratio is still good at more than 1300:1. You can see backlight bleeding at the edges on a completely black picture, but this is not a big issue in practice. We also determined PWM at a brightness of 50 % or lower, but the frequency is very high at 26 kHz and should not cause any problems.

519
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
506
cd/m²
520
cd/m²
518
cd/m²
532
cd/m²
530
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
525
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N156HCE-GN1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 532 cd/m² Average: 512.9 cd/m² Minimum: 13.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 517 cd/m²
Contrast: 1363:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 1.3
ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
90.4% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
57.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
62.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
89.94% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
61.05% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.35
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
N156HCE-GN1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Sharp LQ156R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.60
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
APPA044, IPS, 3072x1920, 16.00
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
BOE0866, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Schenker Vision 15
BOE08F5, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NE156QUM-N66, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Display
39%
12%
11%
33%
Display P3 Coverage
61.05
89.65
47%
68.75
13%
69.3
14%
82
34%
sRGB Coverage
89.94
99.97
11%
99.51
11%
93.97
4%
99.07
10%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
62.2
99.77
60%
70.09
13%
70.8
14%
96.95
56%
Response Times
-55%
98%
-4%
-77%
-37%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33.6 (17.2, 16.4)
54 (26.4, 27.6)
-61%
52.4 (23.9, 28.5)
-56%
34 (16, 18)
-1%
60 (29.2, 30.8)
-79%
46.4 (22, 24.4)
-38%
Response Time Black / White *
22.4 (12.8, 9.6)
33.2 (19.2, 14)
-48%
34.9 (17.8, 17.1)
-56%
24 (13, 11)
-7%
39 (19.2, 18.8)
-74%
30.4 (17.2, 13.2)
-36%
PWM Frequency
26040 (50)
131700
406%
Screen
-29%
7%
-7%
-18%
-31%
Brightness middle
518
557.9
8%
519
0%
402
-22%
478
-8%
464
-10%
Brightness
513
541
5%
477
-7%
375
-27%
462
-10%
448
-13%
Brightness Distribution
88
91
3%
86
-2%
84
-5%
94
7%
90
2%
Black Level *
0.38
0.39
-3%
0.39
-3%
0.35
8%
0.27
29%
0.36
5%
Contrast
1363
1431
5%
1331
-2%
1149
-16%
1770
30%
1289
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.1
4.54
-116%
2.28
-9%
2.47
-18%
3.2
-52%
4.2
-100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.5
7.92
-76%
6.54
-45%
4.32
4%
8.4
-87%
11.4
-153%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.3
3.82
-194%
0.86
34%
2.36
-82%
2
-54%
0.8
38%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.7
3.2
-19%
0.9
67%
2.26
16%
4.5
-67%
7.2
-167%
Gamma
2.35 94%
1.99 111%
2145 0%
2.49 88%
2.16 102%
2.17 101%
CCT
7042 92%
6451 101%
6572 99%
6285 103%
6788 96%
6345 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.7
89.5
55%
78
35%
99
72%
63.1
9%
85.2
48%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90.4
100
11%
93.6
4%
99
10%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -20%
53% / 28%
0% / -3%
-28% / -20%
-12% / -20%

* ... smaller is better

The calibration out of the box is already pretty decent, because the grayscale only shows a small color cast towards blue in combination with a slightly cool color temperature. You will not notice it unless you compare it with a calibrated screen though. The color deviations are also okay, only red surpasses the important mark of 3.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

We calibrated and retested the panel with the professional CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer. In addition to the improved grayscale performance, the color deviations are better as well. This means the panel is generally suited for picture/video editing, but the sRGB color gamut is only covered by 90.4 %. We would have expected at least full sRGB coverage at this price point.

vs. sRGB: 90.4 %
vs. sRGB: 90.4 %
vs. AdobeRGB: 57.7 %
vs. AdobeRGB: 57.7 %

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 9.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 26040 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14825 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

You can use the matte panel even in very bright environments as long as you can avoid reflections from direct light sources. The maximum display brightness is not reduced on battery power. There is no problem with the viewing angle stability of the IPS screen.

In the sun (without reflection)
In the sun (without reflection)
In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (light source from behind)
In the sun (light source from behind)
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Better performance utilization thanks to louder fans

 

Processor - X1 Extreme only with Intel Comet Lake

Our test unit is equipped with the Intel Core i7-10750H from the familiar Comet Lake generation (14 nm). It has 6 cores (12 threads) and can run at up to 5.0 GHz on one core or up to 4.3 GHz for all active cores, respectively. 

The performance utilization was a big issue on the 2019 X1 Extreme, because the power consumption was limited to just 30W after a little while. It seems Lenovo has heard the criticism, because the TDP limits are now much higher at 90/62 Watts. The fan speed was increased to compensate for the additional heat, but more on that later. 

We can see a consumption of ~89W at the beginning of the multi-core tests, which results in 6x 4.2-4.3 GHz. This value drops to 62W after a while (6x 3.6 GHz) and can be maintained. So far, so good, but the problem is the comparison with AMD's Ryzen CPUs. If we look at the comparable Ryzen 5 4600H in the Honor MagicBook Pro, which has 6 cores (12 threads) as well, it is evident how much worse Intel's position is right now in the 45W segment. The Ryzen 5 4600H is not only ~15 % faster in CB R15 Multi, but it also consumes 20W less power.

The TDP limits are a bit lower on battery power at 58/80W, which results in a performance drop of ~15 %.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1183 (1166.86-1256.76)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1292 (1148.9-1390.72)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; macOS 10.15.1: Ø1407 (1386-1435)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; Win 10: Ø1296 (1268.87-1362.31)
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440 Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1158 (1000.2-1343.27)
Schenker Vision 15 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø968 (957.88-1027.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø982 (967.16-1074.4)
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H AMD Ryzen 5 4600H: Ø1361 (1342.69-1420)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
539 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
493 Points ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
488 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (431 - 504, n=43)
473 Points ∼88% -3%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
472 Points ∼88% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (311 - 589, n=85, last 2 years)
472 Points ∼88% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
453 Points ∼84% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
442 Points ∼82% -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3422 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3057 Points ∼89% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
3250 Points ∼95% +15%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
2922 Points ∼85% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1749 - 3325, n=43)
2848 Points ∼83% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
2827 Points ∼83%
Average of class Multimedia
  (727 - 4352, n=86, last 2 years)
2166 Points ∼63% -23%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1999 Points ∼58% -29%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
228 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
205 Points ∼90%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
204 Points ∼89% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
198 Points ∼87% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (184 - 213, n=45)
197 Points ∼86% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
191 Points ∼84% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126 - 233, n=91, last 2 years)
186 Points ∼82% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼81% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼81% -10%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1435 (1401min - 1435max) Points ∼100% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1362 (1268.87min - 1362.31max) Points ∼95% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1391 (1148.9min - 1390.72max) Points ∼97% +11%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1343.27 Points ∼94% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (804 - 1418, n=50)
1263 Points ∼88% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1257 (1166.86min - 1256.76max) Points ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
1074 (967.16min - 1074.4max) Points ∼75% -15%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1027 (957.88min - 1027.12max) Points ∼72% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (334 - 1846, n=102, last 2 years)
942 Points ∼66% -25%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (261 - 1439, n=69, last 2 years)
567 Seconds * ∼100% -51%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
518 Seconds * ∼91% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
475 Seconds * ∼84% -27%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
391 Seconds * ∼69% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (322 - 587, n=43)
389 Seconds * ∼69% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
375 Seconds * ∼66%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
353 Seconds * ∼62% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
343 Seconds * ∼60% +9%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5341 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
5335 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5181 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4504 - 5470, n=43)
5114 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5099 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3406 - 5481, n=68, last 2 years)
4891 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
4837 MIPS ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
4657 MIPS ∼87% -13%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
39455 MIPS ∼100% +15%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
36383 MIPS ∼92% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
34433 MIPS ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (26040 - 37345, n=43)
33946 MIPS ∼86% -1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
33549 MIPS ∼85% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
29516 MIPS ∼75% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8984 - 51729, n=68, last 2 years)
27285 MIPS ∼69% -21%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
26819 MIPS ∼68% -22%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1586 Points ∼100% +22%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1318 Points ∼83% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1300 Points ∼82%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1586, n=64, last 2 years)
1287 Points ∼81% -1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1270 Points ∼80% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1114 - 1333, n=43)
1263 Points ∼80% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1115 Points ∼70% -14%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
7799 Points ∼100% +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
7109 Points ∼91% +26%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4443 - 6674, n=43)
6135 Points ∼79% +9%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5878 Points ∼75% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5663 Points ∼73% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5650 Points ∼72%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 8053, n=64, last 2 years)
5150 Points ∼66% -9%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
10.6 fps ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.2 fps ∼96% +8%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.7 fps ∼92% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (5.54 - 11.6, n=43)
9.61 fps ∼91% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.45 fps ∼89%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.58 fps ∼72% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1.39 - 14.6, n=66, last 2 years)
7.24 fps ∼68% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
7.1 fps ∼67% -25%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
99.2 s * ∼100% -102%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
58.9 s * ∼59% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
16.5 s * ∼17% +66%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.5 - 99.2, n=65, last 2 years)
55.2 s * ∼56% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (43.1 - 99.2, n=43)
53.3 s * ∼54% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
52.6 s * ∼53% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
49 s * ∼49%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
45.8 s * ∼46% +7%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.6904 sec * ∼100% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.661 sec * ∼96% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=65, last 2 years)
0.634 sec * ∼92% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (0.578 - 0.708, n=42)
0.611 sec * ∼88% -2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.609 sec * ∼88% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.597 sec * ∼86%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.584 sec * ∼85% +2%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.571 sec * ∼83% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1257 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
131 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
205 Points
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System Performance

There are no surprises in this section. Thanks to the fast processor and the PCIe-SSD, the X1 Extreme is a very fast device as we expected. This is also confirmed by the synthetic benchmarks. We did not experience any issues during our review period, either.

PCMark 10
Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
5500 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5225 Points ∼95%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5158 Points ∼94% -1%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
5125 Points ∼93% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (4690 - 5225, n=4)
4946 Points ∼90% -5%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4887 Points ∼89% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3028 - 6706, n=83, last 2 years)
4750 Points ∼86% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4535 Points ∼82% -13%
Essentials
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
10522 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9808 Points ∼93% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
9395 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (8764 - 10098, n=4)
9306 Points ∼88% -1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
8966 Points ∼85% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6441 - 10539, n=82, last 2 years)
8925 Points ∼85% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7548 Points ∼72% -20%
Productivity
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
7994 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
7457 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (6827 - 7519, n=4)
7302 Points ∼91% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5448 - 9662, n=82, last 2 years)
7170 Points ∼90% -4%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6852 Points ∼86% -8%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6827 Points ∼85% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6489 Points ∼81% -13%
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5526 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5176 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5171 Points ∼94% -6%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5165 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (3688 - 5526, n=4)
4889 Points ∼88% -12%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4662 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2148 - 9415, n=82, last 2 years)
4644 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5364 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
4900 Points ∼91%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2742 - 5364, n=60, last 2 years)
3833 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
3731 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3417 Points ∼64%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
3357 Points ∼63%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
3357 Points ∼63%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
4812 Points ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2594 - 5681, n=60, last 2 years)
4718 Points ∼98%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4540 Points ∼94%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4272 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
4272 Points ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4241 Points ∼88%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
3169 Points ∼66%
PCMark 10 Score
5225 points
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DPC Latency

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Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9855.5 μs * ∼100% -1453%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
7445.5 μs * ∼76% -1073%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
773.2 μs * ∼8% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
634.6 μs * ∼6%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices - 2x NVMe-SSD

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme still offers two PCIe-3.0-x4 slots for M.2-2280 SSDs. Our test unit is equipped with a single NVMe drive from Toshiba. It has a storage capacity of 1 TB (917 GB available for the user) and manages very good transfer rates. It is very easy to install a second PCIe-SSD, but the new PCIe 4.0 standard (compare Schenker Vision 15 with Samsung SSD 980 Pro) is not supported,

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
SK Hynix PC611 512GB
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Schenker Vision 15
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Average Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-12%
-19%
-15%
76%
-7%
3%
Write 4K
159.5
123.3
-23%
55.54
-65%
109.97
-31%
238.1
49%
148.08
-7%
178 (159 - 216, n=3)
12%
Read 4K
53.14
41.85
-21%
16.21
-69%
43.44
-18%
79.21
49%
47.31
-11%
56.5 (53.1 - 60.8, n=3)
6%
Write Seq
1723.02
2054
19%
1959.24
14%
1956.93
14%
4138.8
140%
1414.08
-18%
1715 (1435 - 1988, n=3)
0%
Read Seq
2164.45
1617
-25%
1762.83
-19%
1614.53
-25%
4132.9
91%
1320.24
-39%
1834 (1435 - 2164, n=3)
-15%
Write 4K Q32T1
469.22
413
-12%
398.51
-15%
341.64
-27%
696.88
49%
493.59
5%
549 (469 - 666, n=3)
17%
Read 4K Q32T1
542.58
377.5
-30%
648.05
19%
364.28
-33%
757.59
40%
593.94
9%
609 (541 - 745, n=3)
12%
Write Seq Q32T1
3055.2
2705
-11%
2726.7
-11%
3081.3
1%
5187.1
70%
2969.6
-3%
2931 (2682 - 3057, n=3)
-4%
Read Seq Q32T1
3295.9
3442
4%
3241.6
-2%
3251.3
-1%
7117
116%
3471.7
5%
3160 (2902 - 3296, n=3)
-4%
AS SSD
-30%
-24%
-15%
67%
18%
7%
Seq Read
2553
2072.43
-19%
2531.3
-1%
1885.7
-26%
5427.2
113%
2352
-8%
2519 (2372 - 2632, n=3)
-1%
Seq Write
974
1486.34
53%
2288.6
135%
1221
25%
3886.1
299%
2106
116%
1866 (974 - 2394, n=3)
92%
4K Read
49.69
47.41
-5%
15.85
-68%
41.16
-17%
72.89
47%
54.96
11%
52.3 (49.7 - 57.1, n=3)
5%
4K Write
139.51
117.63
-16%
39.88
-71%
101.16
-27%
219.34
57%
138.12
-1%
159 (140 - 198, n=3)
14%
4K-64 Read
1462.38
967.36
-34%
1266.78
-13%
1022.18
-30%
2208.94
51%
1265.43
-13%
1456 (1430 - 1476, n=3)
0%
4K-64 Write
1474.45
715.16
-51%
1748.84
19%
1617.62
10%
2265.2
54%
1952.2
32%
1434 (1368 - 1474, n=3)
-3%
Access Time Read *
0.063
0.057
10%
0.122
-94%
0.058
8%
0.033
48%
0.053
16%
0.0553 (0.044 - 0.063, n=3)
12%
Access Time Write *
0.031
0.096
-210%
0.095
-206%
0.037
-19%
0.02
35%
0.027
13%
0.0273 (0.021 - 0.031, n=3)
12%
Score Read
1767
1222
-31%
1536
-13%
1252
-29%
2825
60%
1556
-12%
1760 (1718 - 1796, n=3)
0%
Score Write
1711
981
-43%
2018
18%
1841
8%
2873
68%
2301
34%
1780 (1711 - 1897, n=3)
4%
Score Total
4308
2809
-35%
4317
0%
3706
-14%
7069
64%
4650
8%
4414 (4308 - 4608, n=3)
2%
Copy ISO MB/s
2094.27
1998.8
-5%
1995
-5%
1611.39
-23%
2775.26
33%
1817 (1540 - 2094, n=2)
-13%
Copy Program MB/s
656.93
627.12
-5%
584
-11%
509.31
-22%
662.41
1%
620 (583 - 657, n=2)
-6%
Copy Game MB/s
1446.82
1000.64
-31%
1135
-22%
677.32
-53%
1655
14%
1246 (1046 - 1447, n=2)
-14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-21% / -24%
-22% / -22%
-15% / -15%
72% / 70%
6% / 7%
5% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3295.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3055.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 542.58 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 469.22 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2164.45 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1723.02 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 53.14 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 159.5 MB/s

DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø3294 (3081.35-3309.82)

GPU Performance - GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q with 35 Watts

GPU-Z Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
GPU-Z Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q

Lenovo equips the third generation of the X1 Extreme with a small upgrade from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q to the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q. It is the version with 35W, which manages a maximum core clock of ~1600 MHz. The advantage over the previous model is 15-20 % in the synthetic benchmarks and the results are slightly better than the results we have in our database for our GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q laptops. The advantage of the Dell XPS 15 with the regular GeForce GTX 1650 Ti is not much faster, either.

The performance is also steady under longer workloads; the demanding 3DMark Time Spy stress test is easily passed at 98.6 %. The performance is slightly reduced on battery power, the Fire Strike Graphics score drops by ~5 % (9105 vs. 8617 points).

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
14725 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
12865 Points ∼87% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
12275 Points ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (11055 - 13343, n=8)
11828 Points ∼80% -4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
11058 Points ∼75% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
10885 Points ∼74% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1678 - 31866, n=81, last 2 years)
9152 Points ∼62% -25%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6971 Points ∼47% -43%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
10399 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
9930 Points ∼95% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
9105 Points ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (8024 - 9573, n=10)
8585 Points ∼83% -6%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
8024 Points ∼77% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
7741 Points ∼74% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1065 - 23674, n=89, last 2 years)
6555 Points ∼63% -28%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5759 Points ∼55% -37%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
3601 Points ∼100% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
3364 Points ∼93% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3332 Points ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (2982 - 3526, n=8)
3171 Points ∼88% -5%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3010 Points ∼84% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
2909 Points ∼81% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (300 - 9323, n=73, last 2 years)
2275 Points ∼63% -32%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1611 Points ∼45% -52%
3DMark 11 Performance
12021 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8343 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3585 points
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Gaming Performance

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is once again very close to the Dell XPS 15 with the regular GTX 1650 Ti (non Max-Q). All in all, the ThinkPad can handle games and you can often combine the native 1080p resolution with high settings. Only very demanding titles require lower details to ensure smooth gameplay. Our Witcher 3 long-term test confirms the performance can be maintained and there is no FPS drop in longer gaming sessions.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
38.8 (34min - 43max) fps ∼100% +7%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
38.1 (34min - 43max) fps ∼98% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
36.1 (34min, 35P1 - 39max) fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (29.8 - 36.1, n=8)
32.6 fps ∼84% -10%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
30.7 fps ∼79% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
29.9 (27min, 28P1 - 32max) fps ∼77% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.9 - 92.1, n=68, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼76% -19%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.5 fps ∼40% -57%
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02: Ø36.1 (34-39)
low med. high ultraQHD4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 199 117 66 36.1 24 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 130 117 107 101 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 92.6 72.8 63.1 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 115 64 60 56 38 17 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 211 107 82 57 41 22 fps
Death Stranding (2020) 99.6 60.9 56.4 54.4 35.9 16.8 fps
Horizon Zero Dawn (2020) 99 58 48 40 30 8 fps
Crysis Remastered (2020) 154.1 59.8 31.9 23.6 fps
Serious Sam 4 (2020) 115.7 51.9 40.8 30.5 22.3 fps
Mafia Definitive Edition (2020) 93.9 46.2 43 27.9 14.1 fps
Star Wars Squadrons (2020) 222 124 112.9 103.4 70 30.7 fps
FIFA 21 (2020) 210 202 192.9 165.2 129.6 79.6 fps
Watch Dogs Legion (2020) 89 54 47 21 14 fps
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla (2020) 74 45 32 14 fps
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (2020) 100 55.6 44.1 40.2 25.8 10.6 fps
Yakuza Like a Dragon (2020) 105.1 46.9 44.8 39.6 25.4 12.4 fps
Immortals Fenyx Rising (2020) 77 48 32 29 24 14 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (2020) 63.7 33 26.8 22.2 fps

Emissions - ThinkPad now with louder fans

System Noise

Still two fans
Still two fans

The fan setup did not change, but they now spin much faster under load. While the predecessor reached up to 36 dB(A), we can measure up to 44 dB(A) for the new model. The fans also spin up very quickly under load and reach their maximum speed. The CPU load seems to be the decisive factor here, because some games with little CPU load (like Witcher 3, Assassins Creed: Valhalla) level off at ~36 dB(A).

We we like that you get more performance from the components (especially CPU), but it also shows that the cooling solution does not have much headroom left. A successor (probably with even more powerful components) will probably need an updated cooling solution as well. We did not notice any other electronic noises.

Noise Level

Idle
29.5 / 29.5 / 29.9 dB(A)
Load
44.2 / 44.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM-1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.5 dB(A)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Noise
-1%
-4%
9%
-0%
7%
off / environment *
29.5
28.4
4%
29.8
-1%
24.6
17%
29.8
-1%
28.5
3%
Idle Minimum *
29.5
28.4
4%
29.9
-1%
24.6
17%
29.8
-1%
28.5
3%
Idle Average *
29.5
28.4
4%
29.9
-1%
24.6
17%
29.8
-1%
28.5
3%
Idle Maximum *
29.9
28.4
5%
29.9
-0%
24.6
18%
31.1
-4%
28.5
5%
Load Average *
44.2
46
-4%
43
3%
41.3
7%
40.5
8%
36.3
18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
36.1
42
-16%
45.4
-26%
42
-16%
40.5
-12%
36.3
-1%
Load Maximum *
44.2
47.1
-7%
46.1
-4%
41.4
6%
40.5
8%
36.3
18%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.136.734.233.632.933.52529.629.328.628.929.5303134.234.433.930.932.533.34033.83230.930.630.531.75033.932.931.327.628.333.96331.828.129.726.22626.78025.926.127.925.525.62610026.426.926.427.126.52712524.22527.325.424.424.31602524.727.423.122.524.12002725.427.623.92325.725026.124.527.324.923.425.231523.122.528.220.419.623.240025.223.230.41918.923.350025.423.131.318.618.324.16302421.831.118.217.223.280024.422.130.417.817.723.1100024.12231.317.617.524.312502522.532.817.417.124.8160027.424.135.217.115.927.2200026.223.13517.216.226.3250025.422.334.216.51626.2315023.320.732.616.816.523.4400022.419.531.71716.822.650002118.431.617.417.121.1630018.81828.417.717.618.6800018.518.225.318.117.918.51000018.418.320.718.318.318.41250018.618.519.318.518.418.51600018.818.818.918.818.618.9SPL36.133.644.229.929.536N2.41.94.61.41.32.3median 24.2median 22.3median 30.4median 18.2median 17.9median 23.4Delta2.42.52.61.61.91.927.528.931.624.926.625.327.12928.325.527.527.332.832.331.924.723.825.22623.625.524.824.425.523.823.223.724.122.225.6242224.724.721.224.822.819.923.523.81924.623.8