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W530 SSD and Memory help needed for high performance systems.

2012-09-22, 19:54 PM

Hi Guys,

 

After dealing with lots of laptops that got destroyed by daily use, our organizations is considering ordering 25 Thinkpad W530 laptops from Lenovo and we hope that they last a little longer.

 

Our main usage is video editing and design so we have chosen the best that Lenovo has to offer as far as hardware.

 

Since Lenovo charges arm and a leg for SSD and 16GB memories, we have decided to purchase these separately and upgrade ourselves.

 

Knowing the high need for performance, what would you recommend for 128GB SSD and 16GB memory?

 

The laptops are all coming with 7200 RPM drives for storage so the SSD is mainly for programs and the OS.

 

For the drive bay, does this part sound right to you? http://shop.lenovo.com/us/itemdetails/0A65623/460/89555ADB1CE946DA80E0E5D6FE77B164

 

This would be used for the HDD and the SSD would be moved to main HDD location.

 

Is there anything else we should know about these laptops?

 

Thank you in advanced for your time and all suggestions are welcomed.

 

Cheers,

 

Chris

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Re: W530 SSD and Memory help needed for high performance systems.

2012-09-22, 20:58 PM

'welcome. :)

 

i believe your W530 has the full-height mPCIe slot usually used for wireless WAN adapters. so if you're not configuring that option, that's where the mSATA SSD would go. please note that it'll operate at SATA II speed regardless of whether the SSD is SATA III. the SATA III ports are reserved for the main and ultrabays. that said, if you're coming from platter drive experience, i don't think that an SSD at SATA II vs SATA III "feels" much different. it's going to be ultrafast compared to the platter drive.

 

in my personal X220, i've chosen the Crucial m4 256gb mSATA SSD. they also make a 128gb version and both are under $1/gb. i have the OS, along with swap, temp and all apps installed to it with room to spare. i've got a 512gb SATA III 32mb cache Hitachi Travelstar in the main bay for personal files/documents/data. i'm really pleased with the configuration.

 

hth.

 

edit: you can grab the W530 harware maintenance manual here: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/detail.page?DocID=UM014941

check out pgs78-82 for info on mSATA SSD installation.


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Re: W530 SSD and Memory help needed for high performance systems.

2012-09-22, 20:05 PM

'afternoon.

welcome to the community!

 

have you considered installing mSATA SSDs and leaving the supplied HDDs in the main bay? this would allow you to maintain flexibilty with the ultrabay (or whatever it's called nowadays).

 

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2012-09-22, 20:33 PM

That's a great suggestion. Does the 530 has a slot for the mSATA SSDs? Is there a tutorial or pictorial guide for this?

 

This would be great, this way we don't have to carry the Disk drives seprately.

 

And any sugestion on the brand and what would fit?

 

We are ordering these laptops with upgraded Intel wifi cards, do these cards use the same slot?

 

Thank you ver much for your fast response.

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2012-09-22, 20:58 PM

'welcome. :)

 

i believe your W530 has the full-height mPCIe slot usually used for wireless WAN adapters. so if you're not configuring that option, that's where the mSATA SSD would go. please note that it'll operate at SATA II speed regardless of whether the SSD is SATA III. the SATA III ports are reserved for the main and ultrabays. that said, if you're coming from platter drive experience, i don't think that an SSD at SATA II vs SATA III "feels" much different. it's going to be ultrafast compared to the platter drive.

 

in my personal X220, i've chosen the Crucial m4 256gb mSATA SSD. they also make a 128gb version and both are under $1/gb. i have the OS, along with swap, temp and all apps installed to it with room to spare. i've got a 512gb SATA III 32mb cache Hitachi Travelstar in the main bay for personal files/documents/data. i'm really pleased with the configuration.

 

hth.

 

edit: you can grab the W530 harware maintenance manual here: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/detail.page?DocID=UM014941

check out pgs78-82 for info on mSATA SSD installation.


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2012-09-22, 21:19 PM
Thank you Sarbin. That helps a lot.

Any suggestion on RAM brands for lenovos Thinkpads?
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2012-09-22, 21:23 PM

'welcome, again. :)

 

i've got a Crucial 16gb kit (2 x 8gb) in my X220. others have had good luck with most of top tier brands. if you go through the Lenovo store, you'll likely end up with Samsung, Hynix or Nanya sticks. i've had no trouble with any of them, either, over 15 years of ThinkPad experience.

 

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2012-09-22, 22:59 PM
I installed 32GB (4x8GB) of Corsair Vengeance RAM, and it has been working wonderfully since day 1.
Thinkpad W530, i7-3720QM, 1920x1080 screen, 32GB RAM, dual SSDs (Samsung 830, Crucial M4 mSATA), Quadro K2000M, 9-cell battery, DVD burner, backlit keyboard, Bluetooth, Intel 6300 wireless card
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2012-09-22, 23:07 PM

32GB? Does the 530 comes with 4 slots for Ram? If that's the case 32GB it is then :)

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2012-09-22, 23:34 PM
Yes, it does. You just need to have a quad-core CPU, and you can install all 32GB.
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Re: W530 SSD and Memory help needed for high performance systems.

2012-09-22, 23:38 PM

there is mention in this thread: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Is-a-W5xx-the-only-way-to-get-a-thinkpad-that-will-take-4/m-p/871395

that only quad-core-equipped W530s support 4 DIMMs.

 

the HMM i linked earlier speaks about dummy cards in DIMM slots, and not removing them, on pgs75-76. i'll venture that those would be in the dual-core-equipped models.

 

regards.


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