Lenovo ThinkPad W550s Ultrabook Mobile Workstation Review

3DMark 11 and 3DMark Cloud Gate

That Nvidia Quadro K620M is better suited to content creation than gaming, but should you find yourself firing up a game at the end of the day, the ThinkPad W550s can get the job done – provided we’re talking about casual gaming.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 is a solid benchmark for assessing potential gaming capabilities, but it’s old enough not to whack systems like the W550s. We tested on the Performance Preset at 1280x720 resolution.

3dm11 w550s

The ThinkPad W550 took top honors here. That’s not too surprising, given that the processor isn’t weighed as heavily here as it is in some tests. The Quadro K620M has some chops.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated Gaming Performance

The 3DMark suite breaks its tests down by computer type. Fire Strike, for example, is aimed at high-end gaming desktops. Cloud Gate, on the other hand, is designed for typical notebooks. As with 3DMark 11, the graphics card plays a large role in results, which are measured in points. Higher is better.

3dm cloud gate w550s

This time around, the ThinkPad W550s doesn’t take top honors, though it’s still a better gamer than many of the other non-gaming notebooks we’ve tested in recent months.

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