Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstation Review

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Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation Specifications

Here are the key specs for the Lenovo ThinkPad P17:

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Specifications
Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Specifications

Let us get into how our unit is configured.

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation Test Setup

For testing our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation equipped as follows:

  • CPU: Intel Xeon W-10885M 8 core / 16 threads
  • Memory: 2x 64GB DDR4 ECC SODIMMs (128GB Total)
  • Graphics: Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 16GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 2x Kioxia 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD configured in RAID 0
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 CPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad P17 CPUz

The Intel Xeon W-10885M with 8 cores and 16 threads runs with a base speed of 2.4 GHz and can Turbo up to 5.3 GHz. This Xeon Workstation class processor also allows the use of ECC memory and Non-ECC Memory, which our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 has 128GB installed.

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 GPUz
Lenovo ThinkPad P17 GPUz

GPU-Z shows the primary stats of our Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000. The RTX 5000 GPU clocks in at 600 MHz. (boost to 1,350 MHz.) And GDDR6 Memory at 1500 MHz. Pixel Fillrates run at 86.4 GPixels/s, and Texture Fillrate comes in at 259.2 GTexel/s. The Quadro RTX 5000 used is the Max-Q version, which has a lower TDP of 80watts, hence the lower clock speed of 600 MHz. Max-Q versions come in several different TDP ranges from 80, 85, 90, and even mobile versions of TDP 110 and 150. Core speeds correspond as follows: MHz range, 600, 765, 930, and mobile versions of 1035 and 1350.

Let us begin our basic performance tests.

CrystalDiskMark

CrystalDiskMark is a well-known benchmark to test your HDD or SSD’s.

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 CrystalDiskMark
Lenovo ThinkPad P17 CrystalDiskMark

The Kioxia 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD is an excellent choice for the ThinkPad P17. We do not see an outstanding performance with these two SSD’s in a RAID 0 as they are tied to the Intel chipset. The ThinkPad P17 has a max M.2 SSD capacity of 2TB for each slot. In the RAID 0 configuration, we can get a max capacity of 4TB for internal storage. The ThinkPad P17 includes 2x TB3 ports at the back, which can expand storage options even further.

Let us move on and start our testing with computing-related benchmarks.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent review!! Your CrystalDiskMark scores are dead-on the same as what I get with a single Kioxia XPG6 512GB (what the unit came with-contemplating storage upgrades at the moment). I’m thinking RAID isn’t set up correctly in your unit? My hardware specs aren’t anywhere near as impressive, nonetheless, for reference; I7-10750H, Quadro T2000, 32GB memory.

  2. Although I’m going strictly from memory, as I wiped out my benchmark folder on a reinstall by not paying attention (oops), but I do recall using Peak Performance NVME mode in CDM, with numbers topping out at just under 32xx and just over 29xx.. I don’t recall my random 4k or other results being as impressive as what you obtained though, plus I just notice the size of the c: volume as 3.8TB, so I have to retract my earlier thoughts about the raid not being set up correctly… That just seems odd that the peak numbers would match a single drive of the same manufacturer/series so closely. I do recall those numbers very clearly… Will run CDM again just out of curiosity..

  3. It’s a complete shame that Intel has such an iron grip on OEMs like Lenovo. Objectively inferior processors are going into “professional” machines now simply due to forced brand loyalty. Ryzen 4000 or 5000 series chips in these laptops would make them a far, far more compelling offering if paired alongside RTX 3080s for premier graphics performance. The sheeple will, of course, continue to recommend and to buy these units for the foreseeable future even as the performance and efficiency disparities between AMD and Intel grow. I’ll be skipping Lenovo’s offering here, yet again.

  4. I liked the keyboard action and feedback response from my old Lenovo laptop, but did not like how the keys were arranged. That is because after using a full size keyboard, would often strike the delete, not the backspace key, by accident, and sometimes there was no going back.

  5. Josiah,

    I don’t think that the CPU has much impact on the GPU performance and hasn’t for a very long time.

    I’d save my criticism for nvidia needing to do more with storage DMA and laptop vendors needing to afford the space to install PLP Optane, before I really feel like I should start bleating.

    The fact is though, that possibilities like that definitely exist for the horizon, and until then I am buying laptops with a unusual cadence because covid brought forward so many usability and performance based usability requirements earlier than we planned for a general horsepower uplift, and just as I’m writing this maybe what I have said is a reason why a lot of people are feeling underwhelmed by the latest offerings, right now.

  6. I’m using a two year old ThinkPad P71 mobile workstation with max specs from that time: Xeon E3-1515M V6 (Kaby Lake QuadCore), 32GB DDR4 ECC, nVidia Quadro P5000 16GB VRAM (nVidia Pascal generation, performance equals nearly a GTX1080), UHD 4K IPS display.

    To my surprise Lenovo preinstalled Windows in the Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition (Kernel features more functions from the Windows Server editions).

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