ThinkPad X1 Carbon Benchmarks: Storage, SunSpider And PCMark 8
We should note that SunSpider is more of a platform test, in that different browser versions, associated with different OS types, can and do affect scores. However, among the Windows 10-powered machines here, all things are relatively equal and Microsoft Edge is our browser of choice, since it is installed by default on all machines listed here.
When you couple that fast SSD with the nimble Speed Shift advancements of Intel's Kaby Lake platform, you're bound to get good results. Here the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon skips past the likes of the previous generation Dell XPS 15 with a quad-core CPU.
We selected three tests from the PCMark 8 benchmark suite: Home, Storage and Work. Futuremark recently improved all three tests with PCMark 8 version 2 that offers a nice swath of mixed media workloads, from document editing, to video conferencing and editing. We selected the Open CL "Accelerated" options for both the Home and Work modules, which let's the benchmark take advantage of current generation integrate GPU engines to accelerate some aspects of processing.
Here again, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon puts up a commanding performance dropping in near the top of the stack and just behind the current generation Dell XPS 15 with its quad-core Kaby Lake CPU and discrete GPU. These tests tend to be fairly storage subsystem sensitive, so it's no surprise the Samsung PM961 SSD on board the 2017 X1 Carbon was able to push the machine to the top percentile in our test group. Notice it also missed the top storage position, by a hair.