Lenovo ThinkPad W540: Who Needs A Desktop?

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Graphics Benchmarks

You're probably not going to do much gaming on this workstation-themed laptop, but that's not to say that you couldn't. We didn't run any gaming benchmarks in the "fire up a game and check frame rates" sense, since this is a business-themed laptop, but we were curious to see how it might hold up against the competition on 3DMark11 and Cloud Gate.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

As a synthetic gaming benchmark, 3DMark 11 puts extra emphasis on your system’s handling of DirectX 11. However, 3DMark 11 measures more than just the graphics card’s performance; the processor and a system's memory bandwith also have an influence on the score. We like 3DMark 11, as it's a good way to get a feel for how well the system can handle gaming and general computing tasks.

3DMark 11

Lenovo's Quadro K2100M is kind of like bringing a bazooka to a knife fight. To say that the laptop crushed the benchmark is a bit of an understatement. It nearly doubled the performance of the next-best laptop on our list, Asus' Zenbook UX32VD, which is pretty impressive given that both are priced fairly similarly.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark Cloud Gate is a separate test from the main 3DMark suite, and it's aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops. It has two subtests: a processor-intensive physics test and two graphics tests. We ran the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings.

3DMark Cloud Gate
Once again, Lenovo's Thinkpad W540 blew past the competition and doubled the scores of the second-place laptop on our list, Dell's XPS 13 (2014 version). Integrated graphics just can't compete with a Quadro—go figure.

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