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X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 13:41 PM

I currently own an i7 6th gen (my 2nd one) and really love it.  Being someone who loves to try new things and upgrade stuff, I'm interested to hear from people who have upgraded from 6th gen to a newer one.

 

How did it feel compared to the 6th gen, any notable improvements, aesthetics etc.

 

I recently had a 32GB Surface Book 3, with the i7-1065g7 (slightly less than X1C's 1052g7) and even though the CPU is of the lineage of my current one (8650u) and two 'generations' newer, the thing was struggling almost all the time.


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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 13:53 PM

I have a similar X1C6. It continues to perform well for my needs. I'm still very satisfied with it. Until your post it never occurred to me that I should consider an upgrade.

 

But now I'm intrigued by the question. What's in the newer models that I'm missing in the X1C6?


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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 15:15 PM

I just ordered an X1C9 to replace a trusty X1C6. Here's a table I made:

 

DIFFERENCES X1C9 vs X1C6 X1 Carbon Gen 9 X1 Carbon Gen 6
Intel Core Processors 11th Gen 7th or 8th Gen
Intel Graphics Iris Xe UHD 620
Max memory option 32GB 16GB
Memory type LPDDR4x 4266MHz LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage  Gen 4 PCIe SSD Gen 3 PCIe SSD
Dolby Voice Yes No
Power-on Touch Fingerprint Reader Yes No
Thunderbolt ports x 2 Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3
USB ports x 2 USB 3.2 USB 3.1
HDMI HDMI 2.0 HDMI 1.4b
DisplayPort alt mode over USB-C 1.4a 1.2
WWAN available 5G 4G
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Display aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Max built-in display resolution option 3840x2400 2560x1440
HPD Sensor option Yes No
One-bar display hinge Yes No

Low blue-light display options

Yes No
Size mm 315mm x 222mm 324mm x 217mm
Touchpad width 110mm 100mm
Venting Rear Sides
Fan Dual Single
Mechanical docking No Yes

 

Kudos to the Lenovo PSREF staff for maintaining all these details for our reference!

 

I should note that the X1C6 Wi-Fi is easily upgradeable to Wi-Fi 6 but that is not officially supported.

 

Whether the upgrade is worth it or not depends on whether one or more of these differences floats your boat. That was obviously the case for me!

 

Hope this helps!

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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 15:24 PM

Whether the upgrade is worth it or not depends on whether one or more of these differences floats your boat. That was obviously the case for me!

 

I don't see anything compelling for me. The improvements all seem incremental.

 

Maybe when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted I'll look more closely at smaller, lighter options like the Nano.


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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 15:37 PM

@ hausman wrote:

Whether the upgrade is worth it or not depends on whether one or more of these differences floats your boat. That was obviously the case for me!

 

I don' see anything compelling for me. The improvements all seem incremental.

 

Maybe when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted I'll look more closely at smaller, lighter options like the Nano.

 

The Nano was high on my list (mainly for the matte 2K screen), but so was wishing for 32GB to future-proof it, so it was either wait and hope for a Nano Gen 2 with more Ram, or go with the X1 carbon. Though I do like this X1 Carbon Gen 9 form factor, I just wish it had a 2K matte screen option, and would have liked an easily replaceable keyboard too. My biggest fears though are those flimsy USB-C charging ports, which I believe also are not replaceable (but at least I am covered for 4 yrs premier warranty and damage protection).

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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-13, 22:29 PM

Thanks for a great and detailed answer bananaman.  What my eyes went straight to was PCIe 4 SSD.  I'm going to have to research if the 9th gen is seeing read speeds of 7GB!

On the P50 I had a few years ago, the hardware RAID capability was one of the selling points.  Little did I know that RAID0 with the fastest Samsung 9x0s of the time didn't gain much at all, as the bus was already saturated.


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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-14, 3:22 AM

@ Hartmannsson wrote:

Thanks for a great and detailed answer bananaman.  What my eyes went straight to was PCIe 4 SSD.  I' going to have to research if the 9th gen is seeing read speeds of 7GB!

...

 

BiggAl's X1CG9 Gen 4 SSD benchmark:

 

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/X1-Carbon-Gen-9-First-look-review-benchmarks/m-p/5071992?page=1#5288474

 

Here's mine from an X1YG6:

 

 

[edit to add] Be aware that the Carbon and Yoga can be configured with a Gen 3 SSD, a Gen 4 SSD with Gen 3 performance, or a full-on Gen 4 with maximal performance.  Please make sure that a laptop has the SSD performance level desired before making a purchase decision.

 

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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-14, 7:50 AM
That is seriously impressive Z! I have the fastest available PCIe 3 SSD (Evo Plus) in my HP workstation and that’s producing 3.5GB max peak read.

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Re:X1C 6th gen upgrades. 7th or 8th or 9th

2021-06-19, 15:16 PM

Well, as you have it, I'm now typing this on a 9th Gen i5 and gone is the G6!

The key travel is slightly noticeable shorter as expected but the machine looks fantastic.  I'll be upgrading that crappy 256GB Toshiba SSD with either a 980 Pro or SN850 WD.  I can't believe that the drive it comes with from factory is no faster than a PCIe 3 drive.

 

The plan was to test them side by side but the G6 sold yesterday.


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