Workstation Performance

The ThinkPad P70 is first and foremost a mobile workstation, so that generally means professional graphics workloads. Lenovo offers the entire gamut of mobile Quadro parts, and the P70 we received is the second from the top with the Quadro M4000M. The M5000M should be a significant improvement since it’s based on the GTX 980M, rather than the GTX 970M of the M4000M.

Since we don’t get a lot of mobile workstations in, there’s not a lot of data here to work with, so I’ve broken this testing down into a couple of different segments. First, the GPU will be compared against other devices in some gaming tests, just to give it a baseline in GPU performance and to see where the professional GPU lies in comparison to gaming cards. Next, the system will be compared against the Surface Book and Dell XPS 15 in Kishonti’s Compubench. Finally, the ThinkPad P70 was run on Specviewperf 12.0.2, but there are no other devices to compare this against since this is a professional graphics test only, and it was not run on any of our other systems (which are sent back to the manufacturers after the review in case you were ever curious).

Gaming Performance

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen 1080p

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen 1080p

You can see clearly how the M4000M is not optimized for gaming. Other than the Fire Strike test, it performs quite a bit under the Razer Blade, which has the GTX 970M. The exception is Ice Storm Unlimited, which ends up being more CPU dependent on these laptops since that’s a mobile benchmark, and the Xeon wins back some of the ground lost. This is not a gaming card, and it’s not tuned for this, but it’s interesting to see where it sits compared to the GeForce lineup.


CompubenchCL Face Detection

CompubenchCL TV-L1 Optical Flow

CompubenchCL Ocean Surface Simulation

CompubenchCL Particle Simulation 64K

CompubenchCL TRex

CompubenchCL Video Composition

CompubenchCL Bitcoin Mining

On compute workloads, the M4000M regains its composure here. The performance is quite a bit higher than the admittedly lower tier GTX 960M in the XPS 15.

SPECviewperf 12.0.2

SPEC is the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, and SPECviewperf is their test for measuring graphics performance based on professional applications. This is where the professional graphics can show a big advantage over the gaming cards. SPECviewperf 12.0.2 was run on the ThinkPad P70 with the Quadro M4000M GPU, as well as a system with the GeForce GTX 980M. Despite the GTX 980M being a more powerful card (1280 CUDA cores vs 1536 in the GTX 980M) there are tasks such as these where professional graphics rule the roost.

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 catia-04

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 creo-01

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 energy-01

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 maya-04

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 medical-01

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 showcase-01

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 snx-02

SPECViewPerf 12.0.2 sw-03

You can see above that on many of these tests, the performance of the Quadro is significantly faster than even a more capably equipped GeForce. For those that need even more compute, the ThinkPad P70 can also be had with the M5000M with 1536 CUDA cores.

Performance Display
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  • rxzlmn - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    That's a really strange outcome with the calibration sensor. Did you review other Lenovo models with a similar sensor before (such as the W540)? Did you contact Lenovo about these results, if yes, did they comment?
  • krumme - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    I flat out dont understand what is happening. Why is there a calibration sensor? - ofcource thats going nowhere and a stock calibration must always be better than what this can do? is it to adapt the display then to surroundings?

    Secondly. On my thinkpad t460 1080 ips the problem is not so much calibration that seems okey out of the box but far to small a spectrum. Its far to limited. IMO hunting that last accuracy is nonsense. Sold my x-rite a year ago. Most screens today come good enough calibrated, the problem is in spectrum and contrast.
  • osxandwindows - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    I will install VMware ESXi on this and then run OS X on it.
  • BillyONeal - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    1. That would not be legal.... 2. ESXi doesn't have a console; manageable only remotely. No reason for it to be a laptop at that point.
  • adamto - Friday, July 1, 2016 - link

    I did similar and it run very smooth. A free Mac with 32G dual channel memory!
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