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Lenovo ThinkPad P Series gets new ‘Ultra Performance’ mode

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The new Lenovo ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations will feature an ‘Ultra Performance Mode’ that allows users to dial up system performance as and when required, by effectively pumping more power into the GPU and CPU.

The new feature is designed to be used at times when performance is of paramount importance, such as when a ray trace render needs to be completed quickly or when a stable frame rate is required to view VR content.

Ultra Performance Mode is available in the new ThinkPad P15, ThinkPad P17, ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 and ThinkPad P15v, which feature 10th Gen Intel H series mobile CPUs up to 8 cores and 5.3GHz and Nvidia Quadro GPUs, up to the Quadro RTX 5000.

For these new generation products, Lenovo told DEVELOP3D that it had to redefine what it means to be both a workstation and a ThinkPad.

Ultra Performance Mode works by relaxing restrictions on acoustics and temperature, so customers that do want to push their machines harder, will have to accept that they will run a little louder and hotter.

A traditional ThinkPad business laptop, for example, will not exceed 38dBA of fan noise under the heaviest workload, whereas the P1, P15 and P17 will go up to 44dBA when Ultra Performance Mode is enabled.

To cope with the increased demands, both the P15 and P17 feature a completely revamped thermal design.

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The P15 adds 13 percent more air flow than its predecessor, the P53, as well as a 30 percent larger CPU heat sink, larger vents and a new thermal mesh to dissipate heat faster.

The Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 is one of the biggest beneficiaries. The ThinkPad P15 and P17 increase the power to this high-end GPU from 80 watts to 90 watts and 90 watts to 110 watts respectively, compared to their predecessors, the P53 and P73.

Ultra Performance Mode is controlled with the standard Windows Power Slider. By default, the system is set to “Better Performance”. Moving the slider to ‘Best Performance’ invokes Ultra Performance Mode. The feature is controlled by a setting in the BIOS.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P Series P15 and P17 boast several shared features – including a new 94WHr battery and up to 4TB of storage, along with up to 128GB DDR4 of memory and UHD Dolby Vision HDR displays.

Lenovo ThinkPad P Series p15 and p17
The new ThinkPad P15 and P17 both support the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU

The P15 and P17 also feature a new daughter card design for its GPUs. Previously Lenovo soldered the GPU onto the same board as the CPU, so this new modular design is said to give customers four times the number of GPU and CPU configurations than previous generations.

Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest 15” mobile workstation – the ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 – features a new anti-smudge coating – reducing fingerprint visibility – upgraded speakers, a new UHD LCD display option with a 600-nit panel and optional LTE WWAN for fast internet for remote workers. It includes a choice of 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs up to 8 cores and 5.3GHz, and an Nvidia Quadro T1000 or T2000 GPU.

Rounding out the mobile workstation portfolio is a new addition, the ThinkPad P15v, which is designed to appeal to those with lower GPU requirements but still have a need for an 8 core CPU. It features the Nvidia Quadro P620 GPU and up to 64GB RAM.

Meanwhile, last month Lenovo announced two lightweight mobile workstations, the P14s and P15s, which feature 10th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs with up to six cores, the Nvidia Quadro P520 GPU, and up to 48GB memory.

Lenovo ThinkPad P Series P1 15 inch laptop
The ThinkPad P1 Gen3 is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest 15” mobile workstation