08-11-2012 10:10 AM - edited 08-11-2012 12:00 PM
I am using W520 for some months now and I have to say I am dissapointed with the performance.
I was wondering if there are any tips on improving performance, or maybe this laptop model (or operating system) is known for lower performance.
What I mean is that computer feels unresponsive, opening windows on screen, opening programs, even opening start menu, everything seems delayed especially when compared to my previous desktop computer;
Previous computer I used was a desktop with core 2 duo Intel (vs i7 lenovo), 2 GB of ram (vs 8 GB on lenovo), 1GB video card (vs 2GB video card on lenovo), all specs are much higher and the responsivness is much worse. I am dissapointed.
It usually performs worse in gaming too, I don't think it should with these specs even if is not a desktop.
Previous computer was running Windows XP pro 32 bit, could this be the only thing that makes a huge difference?
What I am sure is that I absolutely hate windows 7, that is becase it feels slower and there is no new feature that I like when compared to XP, there are many things I do not like (e.g. the way it handles task bar items).
I tried XP 64 bit on it for a short while, performance was somehow better in windows but I ran into some drivers problems.
My level of dissapointment is this: I am ready to install windows XP 32 bit which only detects 3 GB of ram out of the 8 GB, because I am sure it will run much smoother.
Any advices? Maybe someone with similar model could compare my Windows Performance details with theirs ?
W520 Specs details
Windows 7 pro 64 bit
2760QM 2.4 Ghz
8 GB ram
Nvidia NVQ1000M GR (2000MB video memory)
4270CT (motherboard ?!)
Edit: I chnaged the graphic cards in bios, it was set to the mode where it detects and automatically slects from integrated graphics and the nvidia card, now I set it to "discrete graphics" which means "always use nvidia" from what I understand.
The Aero desktop performance increased from 5.8 to 6.7, now the HDD is lowest:
08-11-2012 11:50 AM
08-11-2012 12:04 PM - edited 08-11-2012 12:05 PM
Thanks for the reply.
Is the HDD really that much of a difference when it somes to normally using the Windows Explorer interface?
Note that I edited initial post and after I edited video card options in bios the smallest score is given by HDD indeed. Could this be the problem with the responsiveness feel ?
I got it with 320GB HDD7200RPM Seagate and soon I upgraded to same model/rpm but 750GB.
Will it make a very big difference if I get a SSD for Windows and put the larger one in the CD-rom slot?
08-11-2012 12:12 PM
I was a little bit dissapointet too when I first got my W520 but only a little. But after I did a clean install of an slimed down and tweaked Windows 7 I was very happy even at maximum battery setting. You know there is lot of "waste" software installed on the original one and you can only completly get rid of it if you do a reinstall.
Also if you can manage to get yourself a mSATA SSD or a bigger 2.5" SSD (instead of your HDD) you will see a real speed increase, as mentioned before.
My WMI with only the HDD in Oct.2011 was:
Gaming Grafics: 6,9
With my mSATA and new Intel Grafics Drivers:
Gaming Grafics: 6,9
08-11-2012 12:33 PM
If you really wanted to use an XP-era system and still have access to more RAM without using XP64, then try Server 2003.
As for the lag, try running
Maybe there are uncompiled .NET binaries, especially after Windows Updating after a clean install.
You might want to check if your CPU is being throttled, or isn't able to achieve full frequency (this will happen if you have the battery detached).
FWIW, on my Scorpio Black, Photoshop CS5 x64 cold loads in 8 seconds, warm loads in 3. Acrobat X/Word/Excel/PPT 2010/Maxthon load in < 1 second.
Also curious, what's your AV solution?
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