Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Ultraportable Notebook

Test Setup & 3DMark06 CPU

The ThinkPad X200 was left "as delivered" for the duration of benchmarking. This represents the configuration that the consumer would receive the system in. Nothing was installed or altered, with the exception of the necessary benchmarking software. We decided to compare the X200 to the X300, ASUS U6S, and Toshiba Satellite A305 for points of reference.

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Covering the bases

Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Intel Core 2 Duo P8600

2GB DDR3-1066

Intel GMA X4500 HD

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

160GB Hard Drive
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Business

12.1" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)
Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100

1x2GB DDR2-667

Intel GMA X3100

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

64GB Hard Drive
Solid-State SATA

Windows Vista Business

13.3" WXGA+ TFT LED Display
(native 1440x900)

Intel Core 2 Duo T7500

2x1GB DDR2-667

128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

160GB Hard Drive
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Business

12.1" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)
Toshiba Satellite A305

Intel Core 2 Duo T8100

3GB DDR2-667

Mobility Radeon HD 3650

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x200GB Hard Drives (no RAID)
5,400 RPM/4,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium

15.4" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)

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

To start out our testing, we began with a focus on CPU performance, utilizing FutureMark 3DMark06's CPU performance module. 3DMark06's test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with software and hardware GPU renderers, which is also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor.  

Out of our test systems, the X200 packs the biggest processing punch. The X200 is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8x00 series processor which are the new Penryn 45nm cores. Not only does the X200 have the highest clock frequency but it also has 3MB of L2 cache compared to the 2MB of the older Meroms. This allows the X200 to lead the pack in our first benchmark, 3DMark06's CPU module. The X200 has a significant performance advantage over the X300's ultra low voltage processor.

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