04-13-2012 08:41 PM
Picked up a very clean, very nice, T60 yesterday from the original owner.. I had been looking for a T60p but when this regular T60 came available with the ATI Radeon x1300 option included I snapped it up. It's been very well cared for.. a good score... Owner was an IT professional.
I'd like to upgrade the processor and ram. Here are the specs in current state...
Motherboard .... Lenovo 2008EB8
cpu ... Intel T2300 @ 1.66
socket 479 mPGA
L2 cache .. 2mb
I am open to suggestions... but I would specifically like to know if the T7500 at 2.2 ghz would work ...
it is 4mb cache and 800mhz.... the t7500s are for sale all over the place for $20 to $40 ... I m really trying to stay budget friendly here... I wont be spending $150 or even $100 on a cpu.. I can get a refurb AMD A6 3400 machine for $375 to $400 and I tend to buck paying more than half of what a more powerful Quad core would cost...
I paid $100 for my T60... a buget processor and some ram is likely all Im going to do.
04-13-2012 11:06 PM
I wouldn't call the amd e series "more powerful" then an Intel core2, but that's not the point here.
You cannot install a T7500 in a T60. You can install a T7600, T7400, T7200 core2duo or T2500, T2600, T2700 core duo.
Those are the top chips running at 2.33, 2.16 and 2.0ghz. I'd expect to pay anywhere from $20-100 depending on which chip you're after.
04-14-2012 04:44 AM
04-14-2012 06:10 AM
Thanks for the information guys ... I appreciate it.
Typed words don't convey tone or intent often.. unless you want to write a novel everytime you stroke the keyboard..and most of the time I don't .. I type "nice sneakers" and it could be a complement or sarcastic statement based on tone... I didn't come here to insult anyone. Ive got a great little laptop here.
My girlfriend has a R60 2.0 C2D which runs XP like an elephant slapping a small ball around a ring. .. whack, whack, whack.. It just smokes it through it's paces..and it runs Soooo cool.. never belching hot air. As much as I was leaning towards a new system I kept coming back to how well her Lenovo performed... and what a great value a used Lenovo represented. I consider the T60 I got to be an incredible deal. I consider the C2D a milemarker cpu. The T60 I have has nearly every option of a T60p workstation.. sans fingerprint reader. It's a hair over 3 years old.. I hit a major home run here.
That being said .... the AMD A6 3400M represents a great value
2999 Passmark score, top 300 in CPUs\Passmark rating with over 500 machines tested. I looked at half a dozen machines of various brands with this A6 3400m in it for $369 to $405 brand new. Graphics are almost always upgraded with this cpu with a decent ATI Radeon offering.
My biases are Performance, Price, and Graphics ... I am very good to my equipment whether its the best available or something really basic. Im not looking to change anyone elses biases.. just explain my own.
04-14-2012 06:57 AM
04-14-2012 08:12 AM
I have a T60 with a T2400 CPU. If I upgrade it to T7600, what do I need to do? Do I have to change some setting in BIOS setup, or will the machine "recognize" the new CPU?
04-14-2012 10:48 AM
I hear you lead org ... and I think you make a good point.
I was looking mostly at Toshiba and Samsung as A6 3400M possibles. I found out recently that Toshiba places shock aborbing rubber or foam strategically inside many of their models to disapate the effects of any hard jars. I always thought the Pana/Toughbook line was cool but horribly overpriced so I was considering a foamed/rubbered Toshiba/A6 as a toned down play on a rugged pc. The Samsung 3 and 5 series both have A6 options if i remember correctly in some nice brushed steel cases... very sleek n sexy. Ive had good luck with Samsungs other products. Your accessment on many of the AMD budget priced cpu's being in basic chassis is spot on ... I agree with your assesment.
My t60 is a righteous little machine... the guy \i bought it from met me at a local Starbucks and whipped it out just dead nuts spotless... clean inside and out. He claimed to have ordered almost every option and im in the process of testing that currently .. it does have the ATI Radeon x1300 package. Battery is brand new.. just replaced and have the receipt and box he bought it in....Id just lost an auction on Flea Bay for a T60p when the T60 i have now came available locally.
Only issue is the fan being a little buzzy .. im going to dig in and get that sorted out and figgured why not bump my cpu while i had it apart.
04-14-2012 12:26 PM
I'd definitely upgrade your CPU while your in there. The T5500 is a very inexpensive chip, as my good friend Lead Org recommends. It's a core2 so has 64bit support, but since your limited to 3gb of ram by the chipset on a T60, there isn't much benefit to going 64bit, so you might do better getting a faster core duo, perhaps a T2500, 2600, or 2700. You can also upgrade your system board to ATI fireGL graphics.
04-14-2012 03:57 PM