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Review Lenovo T14s Intel vs. AMD Ryzen !


hey everybody it’s lon seidman and we’re taking a look today at the lenovo thinkpad t14s and we have two of them on the desk today because they have different processor choices now this one is powered by an amd ryzen processor and this one is powered by an intel i5 chip and these are pretty much the same laptop from a hardware and build standpoint so it’s going to be interesting to see how the current generation amd chips stack up with the intel versions and i think you’re going to be really intrigued by the performance differences here now i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure these are on loan from lenovo so we’re done with this it goes back to them all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it gets uploaded so let’s get into it now and check out what these two laptops are all about now the price point on these will vary quite a bit based on the configurations that you choose you can generally get started with either an amd or an intel version and around eleven hundred dollars give or take and then depending on what you choose to put into your laptop the price will go up from there and there are a ton of options like we usually see on these think pads now the ones they sent us are probably in the 1400 to 1500 territory the amd version here on the right is powered by a ryzen 7 pro 4750u processor that is an eight core chip with the new ryzen graphics it performs exceptionally well as you’ll see in a few minutes it has 16 gigs of ram the ram is not upgradable on either one of these it is soldered on and it has 512 gigabytes of nvme storage uh the intel one here has an i5 processor it is a 10310u that is a quad-core chip and it has 16 gigs of ram also 512 gigs of storage both have a 14 inch display and these are touch displays on this one but they have non-touch ones available as well the touch ones i believe are running at 300 nits of brightness and the non-touch ones are around 250 there’s also a 500 nit version two but it looks like they sent us the same displays on both although my amd one here came equipped with a windows hello cam to let you in with facial recognition and this one lacks that the build quality is the same though on both you’ve got a composite plastic that involves carbon fiber and plastics and then the top of the lid and the bottom of the chassis are metal a

magnesium metal it’s very lightweight both way at about 2.8 pounds or so so not that heavy to carry around and i’m just going to set the amd one aside here for a moment so we can take a look at the ports and keyboard because for the most part these are configured exactly the same let’s begin though with the keyboard you’ve got your standard thinkpad layout here you’ve got these super nice keys very very deep travel on them both are backlit just a real nice typing experience and if you are a fan of think pads this will feel like the other thing pads you’ve owned throughout your life like other think pads you’ve got the nub here to use as your mouse if you want you’ve got some physical buttons here for that nub and then you’ve got a click pad here as well so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to input you also have a fingerprint reader here on both that works very effectively and is very fast at recognizing who is logging in now the port selection on these laptops will look identical but there is a very big difference between the intel and the amd here and it doesn’t look like there is one here just by looking at it so both have a usb type-c port here that

they’ve labeled for power that port though is a multi-purpose port so it can do power in but also display out and support data devices so you could plug in a usbc dock for example into either one of these things and then next to it we’ve got another usbc port but this is the big difference because the intel version has a thunderbolt 3 compatible usb c port and the amd version is just regular usb type-c and why this is significant is that the intel version could support things like external gpus so if you wanted to have the laptop be more powerful when it’s docked you can plug in a desktop gpu through an enclosure into that thunderbolt 3 port and make this a much more powerful workstation you can’t do that on the amd version that is a big distinction here between them on that port and if you want to do that the intel is going to be your only option but otherwise the amd will perform better than the intel in many of the things you’re about to see in a few minutes so there’s always these trade-offs and if you’re wondering why they made an intel version it’s probably because of that reason it has the thunderbolt 3 port beyond that though the ports are the same as we work our way through you’ve got a network adapter here for the thinkpad networking dongle for ethernet you have a usb 3 port here a standard usb a port you’ve got hdmi out on both you got a headphone microphone jack here on both and then on the other side they also have the same fan exhaust the same usb 3 port that can also charge your devices and a couple

of kensington locks here for locking the laptops down on a desk so it looks identical here on both but again there is always devils in the details and in this case the thunderbolt 3 is a big distinction between the two now when it comes to getting work done we found that both versions perform quite well at doing the basics as you would expect so we’re on the intel one right now browsing the web the performance here is pretty much the same performance you’ll experience on the amd version there’s nothing that’s really going to jump out at you when you’re just doing word processing excel and web browsing and some youtube watching uh both were able to browse the web just fine both could load up excel both could play back youtube videos at 60 frames per second without dropping frames altogether they’re performing like good high-end business laptops should perform we also ran the browserbench.org speedometer test and we got very similar scores on that test the intel 1 came in at a score of 195 on version 1.0 of that test and 115.1 on version 2.0 the amd version was pretty much within the margin of error coming in at 193.4 on version 1.0 and 112.9 on version 2.0 now with virtual meetings being very important these days both the intel and amd versions are just fine for zoom and google me and anything else you might be using they do have a nice physical shutter here on the camera so you can block the camera physically with the little switch here at the top this is a very useful feature so you don’t have to put tape on the front of your laptop when that shutter is engaged you’ll see a little orange piece of plastic here in front of

the lens so you know that it’s being blocked then you can just flick it back over and expose the camera lens there 720p on the webcam i would like to start seeing business laptops get 1080p cameras for better visual quality just given how important these web meetings have become but for what it is it’s just fine and it’s on par with other devices in the industry you’ve got a good range here on the display for adjustment and the laptop feels pretty balanced overall as you move that display around as well the keyboard doesn’t kick up on you here as you make adjustments so that is good the speakers are on the bottom on both of them they sound the same on both versions it’s not the best for music listening but it’s adequate good stereo separation one speaker is here and the other one is here the sound will vary though based on the surface the laptop is resting on so a wooden desk like this one is going to sound different perhaps than a marble countertop or something but of course you can attach headphones for better audio quality both physically and through bluetooth now battery life on both of these is pretty similar on the surface if you are looking for something to get through an entire workday within reason both will accomplish that i think it’s definitely doable to get eight hours of the basics out of these things and by the basics i mean web browsing some word processing and email with

the display brightness turned down you should be okay i did find though when we tested a little bit more in depth that the intel version does have a slight edge on battery life you might get an extra hour or so out of the intel one doing those tasks versus the amd but again it’s going to vary based on the configuration options you choose if you go with that brighter display and leave it bright all day that’s going to impact battery life more significantly but by and large i think the intel one is just tuned a little bit better for battery life but both of these will get you through the whole day now although there are many similarities between these laptops they are not in the same league when it comes to higher end performance tasks namely things like gaming and photoshop and other graphically intensive operations and what i want to do is begin on some benchmarks that really will demonstrate the very big performance difference here between the amd and the intel sibling let’s start off with the 3d mark slingshot benchmark test this stresses both the gpu and the cpu there we got a score of 16 hundred and one on the amd version and the intel version scored eight thousand six hundred and eight and look at the difference in graphics performance test one we got a hundred frames per second on the amd to the intel’s 45 92 frames per second on the amd on graphics test 2 to the intel’s 39 and the extra cores on the amd delivered better cpu performance on the physics test running at 28.5 on the amd and 19.51 on the intel let’s take a look at another test called the 3d mark time spy test this one is more

demanding so you’re going to see lower frame rates but once again the amd one outperforms the intel significantly 1099-453 you can see that those frame rates are not huge at least on the two graphics tests but you can still see a very very big difference in performance here between them and that last score there at 19 frames per second best the intel by almost 10 frames so all together you’re just going to see a very big performance golf here and i think if you don’t need that thunderbolt port the amd one is probably the one you’re going to want to look at so now let’s take a look at some games running on this thinkpad and normally i never would recommend thinkpads as game playing machines but that recommendation is going to change a bit with the amd one this is the 2016 version of doom running at 720p lowest settings we’re getting about 20 frames per second on intel and close to 60 again at 720p on the amd side a huge difference here and this is a very playable game on the amd and it’s not on the intel at the lowest settings that’s pretty remarkable we’ve got another game coming up here in a second this one is the witcher 3 again 720p lowest settings the amd is running at pretty much twice the speed so you’re getting about over 30 frames per second in the high 40s to low 50s on the amd and a very slow 19 to 20 on the intel side that’s a pretty big difference there isn’t it if we take a look at grand theft auto 5 the same thing 720p lowest settings we’re getting about double the performance out of the amd and although the intel has made a lot of strides over the years to get better performance the amd here is just better at doing the graphics and that’s something that makes this actually a fairly good little gaming computer if you want to play some games along with your boring corporate stuff that you might be doing on it and you can also turn the settings up a bit on the amd version this is

rocket league running at 1080p highest settings and as you can see here we’ve got a very playable 30 to 35 frames per second with that graphic fidelity cranked up also you can see here that gta 5 running at 1080p lowest settings while not 60 frames per second is north of 30 and very playable at the laptop’s native resolution so again just a tremendous performance gap here between these two when it comes to demanding applications and beyond games you’ll see better performance in photoshop and doing some light video editing and that sort of thing the amd chip here just performs better and it costs about the same and i think it’s kind of a no-brainer to look at the amd one if you need that raw performance on the go versus the intel the intel though of course has the ability to plug into that gpu when it’s docked at your desk and that might be appealing for some but i think for most the amd here is definitely going to have the edge now as far as fan noise goes you will hear those fans kick on when you are playing games and whatnot the fan noise isn’t bad on these it’s certainly lower than other laptops that are around this size that cost a little less so it wasn’t distracting i also found that they’re very good about keeping that fan off or at a very

low level when you’re doing the basics like sitting here at idle or browsing the web or that sort of stuff it’s only when you really start pushing the hardware do you hear that fan kick in we did run the 3d mark stress test on both of these that test measures how well the system performs when it’s under sustained load and on the amd version we got a score of 97.4 percent that is a passing grade meaning we won’t see any real slowdown here so that was good it’ll be pretty consistent across the board it did though run a little bit hotter than the intel version did interestingly the intel version came just shy of a passing grade at 96.3 percent but that is super close to the passing score of 97 so i don’t think you’ll see too much drop off in performance when the intel is under load versus the amd both seem to be cooled quite efficiently all right one last thing to take a look at here and that is linux compatibility we booted up the latest version of ubuntu video was working just fine the touch display worked wi-fi and bluetooth and audio and all the other things i was hoping would work properly worked just fine on the amd side and that is consistent with what we’ve seen on some of the other ryzen 4000 series processors so no worry there and we’ll do a

little jump cut here to the intel version same performance here everything was great it was detecting all of the different components without any problems good performance out of this side as well and all together i think no matter which of these laptops you choose you can also choose the operating system that you might want to install on it and it looks like umbuntu seems to like both versions of the t14s so like everyone else who’s been looking at this pair of laptops i must say the amd version is the one to get it just performs so much better than the intel one and you’ll likely pay the same price or less for that performance depending on configuration the intel has the advantages in the area of a little better battery life and of course the thunderbolt 3 port so if you do want that faster docked performance then the intel one might still be a contender but for everything else here the amd is just the better machine and that’s the one that i would recommend to go with if you are looking for the t14s that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon seiben thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters tom albrecht chris allegretta david hochman brian parker mike patterson and bill pomerantz if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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