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nqduy
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Registered: ‎08-09-2012
Location: California, US
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Message 11 of 24

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

I currently have a W530 (i7-3820, K2000M, 16GB DDR-3 Kingston Hyper-X, 250GB SSD Samsung 830) and it's perfect. I do pretty much everything on the laptop: programming, web design, video editting, light gaming... and I don't see myself opting for a new system for at least 2 more years (I'm going to update my warranty next week). Personally, Windows 8 has been very good to me. Once you've learned the shortcuts, it's very easy to manage. I appreciate how it manages resources so well. Everything is just crazy fast. The only thing I could use is a more powerful graphics card, but then again, that would also drain battery like crazy. 

So if you can get a good deal (ALWAYS call in to order with an IBM EPP account), you should be good to go.

MattyK48
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Message 12 of 24

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

Thanks for that info icanopit. Hopefully theres no huge difference with the third gen and fourth gen considering I just broke the bank with a new w530 which im sure will do me well for years to come.

MattyK48
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Message 13 of 24

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

Hi nqduy. Thanks for the response! I purchased a new w530 a month ago and so far reasonably impressed with it. The specs as follows intel i7 3740QM, K2000M, 16GB corsair vengeance RAM, 750GB 7200RPM, FHD. Im going to try windows 8 on it and see how I like it. A question with video editing which i mainly use it for, I find editing HD videos with Premiere Pro to be very power draining from the w530 to where I have to often render as just transitions in the workspace when editing really makes the playback lag. Do you experience this at all and would installing a SSD and increasing the RAM to 32GB fix this problem?
Thanks
nqduy
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Message 14 of 24

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

Make sure you're using K2000M when you run Premiere and CUDA is enabled. Also make sure the driver is up to date. Increasing RAM won't necessarily help. Your RAM is pretty much comparable to mine, 1600. An SSD will help, though. But ultimately, it's in the graphics card.

carage
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Message 15 of 24

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

Will W540 come with Thunderbolt?

MattyK48
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Message 16 of 24

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

Yeh Im running the program with default high performance nvidea graphics. The mercury playback engine wouldnt recognise the graphics card so I had to do a hack so it recognises it and then CUDA can be selected. A SSD is on the to do list next for sure. Ive done a clean refresh of windows 8 and have no lenovo drivers or software so im guessing these are downloaded from the website?
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nqduy
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Message 17 of 24

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

Yeah. What I do is I hunt for new/beta NVIDIA drivers (also Intel drivers for their components). Lenovo's drivers are usually couple of versions behind.

icanopit
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Message 18 of 24

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

Now that Intel has announced the Haswell 4th generation (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57581633-92/intel-confirms-haswell-chip-intro-at-computex/) to be released on June 3rd, does this shift anyone's opinion?

carage
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Message 19 of 24

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

It seems that Haswell will only bring 10% more CPU performance compared to Ivy Bridge, but if it comes with a Thunderbolt built in, I am still all for it.

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Message 20 of 24

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

Haswell's integrated graphics are supposed to get a huge boost over ivy bridge, but without a new chip from nvidia, I see no point in waiting.


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