I received a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 evaluation unit this morning. The very first thing I wanted to test was the multiple monitor (multimon) capabilities of the Ivy Bridge chipset and the Optimus implementation on this notebook. As you can see in the picture below, I am driving four external Dell LCD panels with the ThinkPad W530. Sorry about the picture quality. I just took a quick snapshot and it’s a little grainy. Pay no attention to the color in the pic. It’s always weird how cameras dork up things on “automatic”.
The display configuration above wasn’t possible with the ThinkPad W510 or W520. The W510 had a single discrete GPU. The W520 Optimus implementation was design challenged.
In the configuration above, I am using the ThinkPad W530 Quadro 1100M in a 135W Series 3 dock just behind the two display panels on the far right. From left, that’s a Dell cheapo 24” connected via DVI to the DVI 2 port on the dock running 1920×1200. To it’s right is a Dell U2711 connected to the DisplayPort 1 connector on the dock running 2560×1440. To it’s right is a Dell 2407WFP connected to the dock VGA port running 1920×1200. And on the far right is a Dell 2007FP connected to the mini DisplayPort connector on the W530 via a StarTech miniDP -> VGA adapter (part # MDP2VGA) running 1600×1200.
I’ll be torturing the ThinkPad W530 for the next 30 days so let me know if there’s a specific test you want. The machine I have isn’t the top configuration available. Additional details and information to follow. Back to real work right now.