Lenovo ThinkPad T430: Performance

June 25, 2012 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (743,364)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Our Lenovo ThinkPad T430 review unit has the following specifications:

  • 14-inch anti-glare 720p display (1366×768 resolution, 200 nits brightness)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-3320M dual-core processor (2.6GHz, up to 3.3GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache, 35W TDP)
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics
  • 8GB DDR3-1600 (2x 4GB; 16GB max – 2x 8GB)
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hitachi hard drive (7mm single platter; HTS725050A7E630)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
  • Integrated Bluetooth v4.0
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • Internal tray-load DVD burner
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 9-cell li-ion battery (11.1V, 94Wh)
  • Weight: 4.77 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 13.8 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Starting Price: $849
  • Price as Configured: $1,324

Our pricey review unit has almost $500 worth of options. Compared to the base model we have a more powerful Core i5 processor, double the RAM, a 500GB hard drive instead of a 320GB, Bluetooth, a webcam, and a 50% larger battery. Things the T430 is available with but absent on our test model include a brighter, higher-resolution screen (1600×900), a dedicated Nvidia grpahics card, and a backlit keyboard. The 1600×900 screen is the only option I sorely miss; the 1366×768 version as we’ll see later in this review is underwhelming.

Performance and Benchmarks

Our review unit came well-equipped with the latest Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a reasonably fast 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. It’s more than capable of handling any standard business task. It’s interesting to note the included hard drive is a 7mm single-platter model which consumes slightly less power.

The T430 is available with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card though the integrated Intel graphics of our test unit consume less power and produce less heat as a result.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:



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