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X1 Extreme Gen 2 i9 availability

2019-09-09, 1:14 AM

Prerelease statements by Lenovo for this unit indicated the availability of i9 processors.  No i9 to be seen in the configurator or any of the prebuilt options.  Am I missing something here?


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Re: X1 Extreme Gen 2 i9 availability

2019-09-09, 1:36 AM
Given that both the X1 Extreme and the P1 throttle down to about 30-ish W on Cinebench multi-core runs, I'd be careful. These machines are reported to be beaten by their predecssors on the sustained multi-core test. There doesn't seem much point in holding out for that 8-core processor until Lenovo fix their (BIOS?) issues. It seems the machines have more cooling headroom, at least for the 6-cores, than to be stuck at 30W, but thus far no one has reported that Throttlestop or XTU can get around this limitation. If you just want top single-core perfornance, the 8850 theoretically features limited overclocking to 5GHz, though whether the X1 Extreme would allow that is a different question.

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Re: X1 Extreme Gen 2 i9 availability

2019-09-09, 1:53 AM

I own a g2 i7; I can't imagine there would be any point at all w/ an i9 right now. the throttling is ridiculous enough as-is.


It's possible that an i9 could be faster for very short 45w periods, I suppose, but it's unlikely to justify the price premium.


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Re: X1 Extreme Gen 2 i9 availability

2019-09-09, 5:18 AM

It seems some things don't change much when it comes to high-end laptop CPUs. A few years back I upgraded a W520 from 2720QM to both an 2960XM and a 2860QM  (they're all Sandy Bridge CPUs). The 2960XM was far more expensive than the 2860QM when it was released, but in my 30 minute plus test the 2860QM ran noticeably faster because it throttled much less.  I sold the 2960XM and still have the 2860QM in the W520 today.


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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 2 i9 availability

2020-06-05, 10:20 AM

I got a x1 extreme gen 2 with the i9-9880H and the performance is excellent, the fans turn on only when necessary and everything functions tip top, im not sure why they stopped selling these online, but in  my opinion its because the sku was too pricey in general, mine was nearly three grand with 32gb ram, 1 tb ssd, second 1 tb ssd added, 4k screen, very happy here.

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