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MattyK48
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W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Hey there I'm looking into updating to something powerful enough mainly for editing videos, Web design and flight sims. The W530 is in my sights but is it worth waiting for the W540 (or whatever lenovo will rename the new portable workstation) and does anyone have any idea when the estimated release date is?
Any help with this decision will be appreciated thanks!
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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Hi MattyK48,

i have ordered a second W530 recently and waiting for delivery. Whether or not the W530 is something you should get depends on whether your current computer meets your need, and whether it will continue to do so for the next 3 to 6 months (likely timeframe for the W540 release <-- or whatever Lenovo decides to call the workstation).

Personally, i think the W530 and W520 are quite close in performance, and as such, if you are tight on budget. Then you should go for a W520.

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Jin Li

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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

While the W520 and W530 may have similar CPU and computational graphics (GPGPU) power, the W530 has a notable advantage in graphics performance.

When the W540 (or whatever Lenovo names the new system) is released, neither the CPU or the GPU power is likely to be significantly different. Intel's upcoming Haswell processors focus on power efficiency, which means the battery life may improve. Neither Nvidia or AMD is planning any significant graphics updates this year, so for a significant graphics update, you'll have to wait for 2014.
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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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Appreciate the input guys. My current laptop cannot near handle the demand for video editing so am considering making the move to thinkpad. So the next series of the workstation from lenovo wouldn't warrant a 3-6 month wait  becuase the CPU and GPU won't be significantly different.. maybe they will update to touchscreen to accomodate windows 8? Although I'm not a fan of the touchscreen on laptops. Here is the specs of a W530 I'm considering, being a newbie to Lenovo would you experienced users recommend it or wait for what Lenovo have on offer for 2013?
Thanks


Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition

Intel Quad Core i7-3720QM @ 2.6ghz (3.6 Turbo) 1600mhz/6MB cache

8GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 (2 x 4GB) 32GB Max

Nvidia Quadro K2000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory

15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) LED Backlit Widescreen and WWAN antenna (95% color gamut, anti-glare)

720p Integrated Camera

750GB 7200RPM 2.5" Serial ATA Hard Drive

Intel Centrino Advanced-N WiFi 6205

8x DVD/RW Dual Layer Burner

UltraNav TrackPoint and Touchpad with Fingerprint Reader

3G Mobile Broadband WWAN Upgradable (3G card avaliable for purchase eBay item 170666234290)

4 in 1 Media Reader and Modem (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)

Bluetooth 4.0

9 Cell Lithium Ion battery

Genuine Lenovo Worldwide Warranty 3 Year Depot (International Warranty Support - Model Type 2438)

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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Looks good to me.

The possible addition of a touchscreen for Windows 8 integration on the upcoming model could be attractive if you plan to use Windows 8 as your OS of choice, but if you plan to be using Windows 7, the configuration listed should work fine. You may also be interested in buying & installing an SSD after purchase for faster access times.
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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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Haswell isn't expected to launch until the beginning of June in desktops and quad-core notebooks, but Intel is beginning to talk performance. Intel used a mobile customer reference board in a desktop chassis featuring Haswell GT3 with embedded DRAM (the fastest Haswell GPU configuration that Intel will ship) and compared it to an ASUS UX15 with on-board NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M:

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6600/intel-haswell-gt3e-gpu-performance-compared-to-nvidias-geforce-gt...

 

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Yeh I'm leaning towards getting this W530. I'm not a fan of the windows 8 which I'm sure the upcoming model will include. A SSD is definitely on the to do list. Is there a huge noticeable difference when the processor reduces to 1.5GHz on battery that can affect the use of programs such as a video editor that the power needs to be switched back on to run these programs smoothly again? This is my only concern?
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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

It can make CPU-intensive applications slower. One way around that is by using a program called Throttlestop, which re-enables turbo frequencies on battery power.
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
MattyK48
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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

Thanks for the help Djembe that definitely clears that problem up. W530 it is!
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Re: W530 or wait until the release of the W540?

The guyz'ngalz at CPU-World  http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/342/Intel_Core_i7_Mobile_i7-3840QM_(PGA)_vs_Intel_Core_i7_Mobile_i7... seem to show that there is no real difference between the 3rd Gen & 4th Gen i7 - well other than a name.

Things could change before the release of the 4th Gen i7, but Intel are famous for hype.

Do you remember the xx386? Then they sold you a separate math co-processor xx186.

Then they introduced the xx387, which was allegedly a xx386 with an on-board xx186.

But for your xx387, they would still sell you a xx187. After all, the motherboard had an open socket.

Then they brought out the xx486, and so on, and on...

Regards.

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