IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad R52

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IBM ThinkPad R52 (1858-3BU)
  • 1.73GHz Dothan Pentium-M 740
  • Intel 915GM
  • Graphics Driver: 6.14.10.3984
  • 1 x 512MB Micron DDR2 PC4200
  • 8x DVD-ROM/24xCD-RW combo
  • 40GB Hitachi 5400RPM Hard Drive (ATA100)
  • 14.1" XGA display (native 1024 x 768)
  • Intel's 2200BG 802.11 b/g WiFi card
  • Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6 cell battery (10.8V, 4.8AH, 52WH)
  • 9 cell battery (10.8V, 7.2AH, 78WH)
Dell Inspiron 6000
  • 1.86GHz Dothan Pentium-M 750
  • Intel 915PM
  • ATI's Mobility Radeon X300 PCI Express x16 w/128MB (core: 215MHz, memory: 215MHz)
  • ATI Graphics Driver: 8.063
  • 2 x 512MB Micron PC3200
  • 8x DVD+-RW
  • 60GB Fujitsu 5400RPM Hard Drive (ATA100)
  • 15.4" WXGA+ display (native 1280 x 800)
  • Dell's 802.11 a/b/g WiFi card
  • Broadcom 10/100 Ethernet
  • 9 cell battery (11.1V, 7.2AH, 80WH)

In order to keep the list of notebook from getting exceedingly long and turning this page into a scrolling race, we are going to archive past notebook specs in a Excel file (XLS format), which will be updated with every notebook review (click here). If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail us.

General Performance: The Winstones
"Real World" Application Performance

Business Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to tests the performance level of a computer in business related applications:

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft Frontpage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003
  • Winzip 8.1

Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to tests the performance level of a computer in multimedia rich environment:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.50
  • Macromedia Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media™ Encoder 9 Version 9.00.00.2980
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg™ WaveLab™ 4.0f

Higher scores here indicate better performance. You can read more about Business Winstone 2004 on Veritest's FAQ page. And you can read more about Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 on Veritest's FAQ page.

The scores are pretty consistent with results we have seen from similarly equipped 915XM based systems on the market. The fact that the R52 surpasses the V6800V is a nice surprise, but the small performance difference should be narrowed slightly due to the standard deviation in testing, which was about .5% greater for our V6800V testing when compared to the rest of the notebooks we tested.

We left IBM APS, IBM Power Management, and other default enhancements on because that is the way most people are going to use the notebook. When we disabled all of these, we found a minor increase in performance.

We should note that our system came with a single SODIMM module, which means that dual channel technology was not being taken advantage of. While this means that two SODIMM memory modules will increase the performance scores, only a slight increase will be apparent. IBM does ship R52s with a memory configuration of 1 x 512MB.

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