1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Lenovo ThinkPad W510 Notebook

Michael Larabel

Published on 15 October 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 7 - 13 Comments

Found on the left hand side of the W510 notebook is a DisplayPort output, VGA output, two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA/USB combination port, FireWire 400, and a wireless on/off switch.

On the rear of the ThinkPad W510 are one USB port, one modem port, and the DC power supply connection.

Over on the right hand side is an ExpressCard slot, SDHC card reader, optical drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and a Kensington lock slot. From the bottom are the usual compartments for accessing the 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive bay, the screws that keep the keyboard secure, and the RAM slots.

In terms of running Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad W510, it is actually quite easy and a pleasant experience. After our Windows 7 x64 testing of this notebook was completed, we simply booted Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from a flash drive and proceeded with the installation. Everything had worked "out of the box" just fine with the distribution that is using the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. There was even kernel mode-setting support for the NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M GPU via the Nouveau driver, but no 3D acceleration since Ubuntu does not ship the Nouveau Gallium3D driver at this point. However, when loading up the proprietary NVIDIA driver the Quadro FX 880M worked well with 2D/3D acceleration, VDPAU, power management, and other features of this mobile workstation GPU.

The audio, WiFi, SDHC card reader, 2.0MP web camera, and all other key functionality had worked well too under Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with the stock package set. We have no complaints at all about running Ubuntu Linux on the ThinkPad W510 except for the backlight controls not going into affect until after rebooting the system and suspend-and-resume not working under Ubuntu 10.04. For some more Linux benchmarks from the Lenovo ThinkPad W510 with its Intel Core i7 720QM, 4GB of system memory, 320GB Hitachi HTS72503, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M GPU we compared its performance to the recently reviewed ZaReason Verix and an older Lenovo ThinkPad T61.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case
  2. Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs
  3. AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650
  4. Upgraded Kernel & Mesa Yield A Big Boost For Athlon R3 Graphics
Latest Linux Articles
  1. A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5
  2. Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux?
  3. AMD Athlon's R3 Graphics: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst
  4. GCC 4.9 Compiler Optimization Benchmarks For Faster Binaries
Latest Linux News
  1. Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited
  2. Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop
  3. Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04
  4. KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features
  5. Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source
  6. Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings
  7. Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon
  8. Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate
  9. New Features Coming To Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
  10. NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 6
  11. Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM
  12. Fedora 21 To Evaluate Remote Journal Logging, 64-bit ARM Emulation
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  2. Change installation destination from home directory
  3. After Jack Keane, RuseSoft will briing Ankh 3 to Linux through Desura
  4. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  5. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  6. New tool for undervolt/overclock AMD K8L and K10 processors
  7. How to enable opengl 3.3 on r9 270?
  8. R290x sound problems