Compare Your Linux System To The i7-5600U Broadwell X1 Carbon ThinkPad
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 26 January 2015 at 11:22 AM EST. 21 Comments
The third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon continues running well under Linux with its new Intel Core i7 5600U "Broadwell" processor sporting HD Graphics 5500. I'm enjoying this new ultrabook a lot and have been pushing it very hard for days with various Linux benchmarks.

Already from this new high-end laptop/ultrabook I've shared HD Graphics 5500 tests between Windows vs. Linux, some thermal numbers, and the initial Linux experiences. Many tests are being done for a number of Phoronix articles in the days ahead with this being our first Core i7 Broadwell processor to test hands on along with the X1 Carbon being an exciting device that's designed well all around.

If you're curious to see how the X1 Carbon with Core i7 5600U performs under Linux against your own desktop and laptop, it's incredibly easy to do thanks to our Phoronix Test Suite open-source benchmarking software and cloud platform. After installing the Phoronix Test Suite on your distribution of choice (either from our source packages, our GitHub site, or your distribution package repository), simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1501254-DE-LENOVOX1C76.

It's this result file that I'm using to then compare the X1 Carbon to the other laptops I have around the Phoronix office for a future article on There's also separate result files for thermal and power comparisons, etc.

There's a mix of graphics, disk, CPU benchmarks, etc that are open-source and all run fully-automated via the Phoronix Test Suite testing software. Overall I'm quite happy with the rather expensive investment into this Broadwell system that I'll end up using as my main production system in conjunction with Fedora 21.

If you compare your own system(s) performance to these results, be sure to upload the results to and share the result URL in our forums when commenting on this article. Enjoy and stay tuned for the exciting Intel Broadwell Linux benchmarks ahead!
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