Lenovo ThinkPad X230T Convertible Notebook

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Gaming Benchmarks and Battery Life

FarCry 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 Gaming Tests
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the test systems in this article with the FarCry 2 benchmark tool using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.

The somewhat dated Far Cry 2 benchmark isn't as hard on current gen systems, but in this case the X230T couldn't quite keep up. It's obvious that the HD 4000 integrated GPU isn't meant for serious hardcore gaming but what's really killing frame rates here for the X230T is its low memory bandwidth we showed you in the SANDRA test.  This CPU should be able to punch out in excess of 22FPS here but not while it's hamstrung in memory bandwidth.

Left 4 Dead 2, though it has reasonably good visuals, is a bit easier on the graphics subsystem.  This was a game engine that the Lenovo IdeaPad X230T could handle a bit better as well.

Here we see playable frame rates right up through 1280X720 and almost playable at native res of the X230T panel.

Battery Life
Power Performance

BatteryEater Pro tends to measure worst case scenarios, in that it doesn't really take into consideration power saving features, instead working the system's hard drive, CPU and graphics moderately until it dies out.  We kept our test machines with Wi-Fi on, and screen brightness hovering at 50% for the life of the test.

A 63Whr battery is included here, and Lenovo makes the claim that you can get up to eight hours of productive use (up to 18 with an external pack). As these tests typically go, our rundown test -- which does a great job of replicating tough usage in the real world -- managed to choke the life out of the battery far more quickly. That said, it's still not bad for a small laptop at almost 7 hrs under light duty workloads such as web browsing.

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