We don’t do reviews of workstations that often but yesterday we published a review of a pricey and high-quality 17-inch Lenovo ThinkPad P70 mobile workstation. It has tons of features to offer and since it’s targeted at a completely different user base it has a rare CPU and GPU running the show. The CPU is a Core i7-6820HQ processor, which is basically the i7-6820HK but without the unlocked overclocking multiplier plus the vPro business security features some other Intel CPUs usually offer.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 can be found here: http://amzn.to/2dI5WuO
Anyway, we are here to talk about the GPU – the NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. It’s an entry-level Quadro GPU meant for CAD, CGI and DCC applications although hardware-wise isn’t much different from the GeForce-branded GPUs, or in other words the commercial lineup for gaming and video editing, for example. The Quadro M600M uses the same GM107 Maxwell core that other graphics cards use – like the GeForce 940M, GTX 950M, and GTX 960M.
However, the drivers are making all the difference in this case because they are optimized for professional applications and take advantage of an entirely different set of features. Also, since the M600M is an entry-level GPU, NVIDIA has activated only 384 of the CUDA cores while the maximum supported by this chip are 640. They are clocked at 837 MHz base frequency and can go up to 876 MHz under full load. Its performance is comparable to GTX 950M or 940M in the normal benchmarking applications as you can see in the graph below. Still, when it comes to gaming, the Quadro M600M won’t be of great use but it will deliver decent FPS in some games on low graphic settings. Here’s a bit more info about the GPU itself…
NVIDIA Quadro M600M (2GB GDDR5)
The NVIDIA Quadro M600M is an entry-level Maxwell-based GPU manufactured with 28nm process supporting DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5. The GPU is mostly used in professional mobile workstations because thanks to the certified drivers, the GPU performs better than the GeForce family in certain applications like CAD or DCC.
However, the GPU is probably based on the GM107 chip using 384 shaders instead of the full 640, which are intrinsic to the GPU itself. The memory used is 128-bit and it’s typically paired with a 2GB GDDR5 memory, which is clocked at 5000 MHz effective (1250 MHz). The GPU itself receives a clock of 837 – 876 MHz. And as for the ROPs and TMUs, they are 32 each.
Due to its low TDP of just 30W, the GPU can also be used in thin and light notebooks. No need of excessive cooling solutions.
You can browse through our top GPUs ranking: http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-graphics-ranking/
Here you will find other useful information and every notebook we’ve tested with this GPU: http://laptopmedia.com/video-card/nvidia-quadro-m600m-2gb-gddr5/
And here, you will find other available laptops equipped with NVIDIA Quadro graphics: http://amzn.to/2e2BJdb
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 GPU variants
Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo ThinkPad P70 model is the best bang for your buck.
Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.