With the launch of Intel's Skylake microarchitecture came two new types of mobile processors. Intel introduced its first mobile Xeon processor and its first overclockable processor. Today we look at one of Lenovo's ThinkPads using Intel's latest 6th generation mobile Xeon workstation processor, the E3-1505M v5. There are a few advantages that Xeon processors have over their Core series counterparts, but the two most important are ECC memory and vPro support.
Mobile workstations are designed for professionals, and in the case of the ThinkPad P70, we are talking about content creation professionals. On the display capabilities of the ThinkPad P70, it has multiple display panel options ranging from a 1080p panel with touch to a 4K along with a Pantone Colorimeter sensor for automatic panel color calibration. The notebook also offers a few of NVIDIA's mobile workstation graphics processors, in our case the Quadro M4000M. Together with smart PCB and case design, Lenovo hopes to provide a very high-end mobile workstation. Let's see how they did.
The ThinkPad P70 we have today uses a Xeon E3-1505M v5 mobile processor with 4/8 cores/threads with a 2.8GHz base clock and 3.7GHz Turbo. The CPU has a TDP of 45W, which can be reduced depending on the vendor's implementation. It supports 64GB of RAM, our model came with 16GB of ECC enabled RAM. The CPU fully supports ECC memory and vPro. If a vendor decides to use Intel's latest mobile Xeon processors, they are also required to implement ThunderBolt 3, and Lenovo supplies two type-C USB 3.1/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Our unit also uses a NVIDIA Quadro M4000M to drive a 4K UHD IPS 300 nits monitor and comes with an X-Rite Pantone Color Calibrator. You can also have the unit include a WWAN 4G LTE-A card for on the go internet connectivity.
At 16.4"x10.8"x1.17-12" (WxDxH), the ThinkPad P70 isn't the smallest or slimmest notebook, but it is very powerful. It weighs 7.56 lbs (3.43 kg), which makes it quite heavy. The notebook does come with a wired Intel RJ-45 1Gbit NIC, as well as an Intel 8260 2x2 Wireless AC/Bluetooth 4.1 wireless networking card.
The ThinkPad P70 comes in a wide variety of configurations ranging from $1550-3000+. Our model costs roughly $3000.
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- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
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