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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015, 3rd Gen)

by Parm Mann on 21 September 2015, 16:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Lenovo (HKG:0992)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops

System Name
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2012)
Form Factor
14.0in
14.0in
CPU
Intel Core i7-5600U
Intel Core i5-3427U
Base / Turbo Frequency
2.6GHz / 3.2GHz
1.8GHz / 2.8GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
2 / 4
2 / 4
CPU TDP
15W
17W
Integrated Graphics
Intel HD 5500
Intel HD 4000
IGP Max Frequency
950MHz
1.15GHz
Memory
8GB DDR3 (2x4GB)
4GB DDR3 (1x4GB)
Memory Speed
1,600MHz
1,333MHz
Memory Timings
11-11-11-28-1T
9-9-9-24-1T
Display
14in QHD IPS (2,560x1,440)
14in HD+ TN (1,600x900)
Touchscreen
Yes, 10-point
No
Battery Capacity
50Wh
46Wh
Wireless
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
Ethernet
-
-
Primary Storage
256GB Samsung SSD (MZNTE256HMHP)
128GB SanDisk SSD (SD5SG2128G1052E)
Power Supply
65W External
90W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H)
331mm x 227mm x 17.7mm
331mm x 226mm x 18.9mm
Weight
1.3kg
1.4kg
Warranty
3 Year
3 Year
Date Launched
May 2015
August 2012
Price At Launch
£1,955
£1,200

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System Benchmarks

PCMark 8 System-wide examination run using the Home and Creative presets with OpenCL acceleration.
3DMark Graphics benchmark run using the Sky Diver DX11 preset.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system-wide power draw while running the HandBrake video-transcoding test.
Temperature Average CPU temperature taken across all cores from the last five minutes of the HandBrake video-transcoding test.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.