Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Works Great As A Linux Ultrabook

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 15 February 2015. Page 4 of 4. 48 Comments

I've already delivered many Broadwell benchmarks from the ThinkPad X1 Carbon including the HD Graphics 5500: Windows vs. Linux tests, Sandy Bridge vs. Ivy Bridge vs. Broadwell tests, Ubuntu 15.04 benchmarks, Ubuntu vs. Fedora performance comparison, GCC vs. Clang Broadwell compiler benchmarks, Ubuntu vs. Fedora vs. openSUSE tests, and GCC 5 benchmarks.

For those interested in the overall performance potential and power efficiency of this laptop under Linux, the biggest result comparison to date for this X1 Carbon LENOVO 20BSCTO1WW is the 9-Way Linux Laptop Performance Comparison From Intel Nehalem To Broadwell. This article is a must-read if you're interested in this laptop/ultrabook or any new Broadwell system! The power and thermal numbers included in this article are also very intriguing.

That's the short story of my nearly month long experience so far with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. As my main production system, I'm happily running it with Fedora 21 and it's running much better than my Haswell-based ASUS Zenbook. Aside from the relatively high price at around $1800 USD for this Core i7 5600U model, I really don't have any major criticism about the third-gen X1 Carbon.

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