Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Ultralight Laptop Review

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3DMark 06 and PCMark Vantage

 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 benchmark is significantly dated, but makes sense as a test alternative for integrated GPUs. In most cases, systems like these will be limited to playing classic games.

AMD's Fusion solution performs quite well relative to the U260, but the ThinkPad X1 is more than 75 percent faster than the X120e. This is partly thanks to Intel's HD 3000 graphics design. While the core lacks many of the advanced features baked into AMD's APUs, it shares certain resources with the CPU. Under the right circumstances, the HD 3000 is respectably fast for an integrated part.

 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/
We ran the system through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage as well. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition video and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.

Vantage has been superseded by PCMark 7, but we've opted for the older test for now.

Here, we see the U260 passing the X120e, despite its relatively slow processor and 5400 HDD. Again, the ThinkPad X1 wins this contest handily.

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