02-21-2015 08:24 PM
02-22-2015 02:34 AM
I wouldn't worry about that review too much if that is the memory you want. I don't doubt there was an issue, but that sounds like a one-of. The fun of the after-purchase mod is being able to kick it up a bit. NewEgg is superb if you need a swap.
Since you're following the NewEgg reviews did you see G.Skill has the highest rated 16 gig kit:
They are the only manufacture who also offer the 32 gig kit which is supposedly cross-matched for better compatability.
I haven't used Crucial. I have returned Muschkin and Corsair. The family has five laptops in use and they all have G.Skill. Three are with the Ripjaws. I have a W541 on order and expect to use G.Skill with it too.
BTW, My first PC3-10600 G.Skill memory benchmarks better than Samsung and Crucial at PC3-12800 according to PassMark. Maybe I'm just lucky, but it seems normal now.
Very, very weird to have a BIOS update to prevent hotter memory
02-22-2015 03:13 AM
Have you seen the User Benchmarks site? You can do your own disk-to-disk comparisons like Samsung 850 Pro vs Crucial M550:
I have both the 850 Pro and the 850 Evo and for a single-user machine I'm more inclined to the 850 Evo or the Crucia M550. Save the money or get more capacity. As I understand it you are paying for depth of queue capacity with the Pro which is needed with multiple users.
The Pro is frikkin' fast though. I can't get away with sloppy mouse technique qnymore.
02-22-2015 05:44 AM
Thanks for the feedback on the memory and drives. I haven't made a final decision yet. Now you will just make me think longer ... lol
I currently have an 840 (not 850) Pro 512GB in a Samsung laptop and it works great. I've actually considered using that as the primary drive, and get another 840 Pro. It looks like the 840 Pro is actually more expensive than the 850 (maybe because of availability). In either case, I do plan on removing the optical drive and putting in a second drive.
As for the memory, I'll check out G-Skill. I haven't used that brand before. For the desktops I build, I've generally gone Corsair for memory and power supplies and have had good luck with that.
The laptop for me will be for business. I do a lot of development work and will also like to have multiple VMs running on it. I also do a lot of data analysis work with Excel and PowerPivot, and work with data sets having 1M+ rows worth of data. Lots of stable RAM is important.
Out of curiosity, what configuration of the W541 did you order?
02-27-2015 04:28 PM
02-27-2015 05:35 PM
I just ordered mine today. 4810MQ processor, 3K IPS (No Sensor) screen, 9 cell battery and K2100M graphics. My tax refund will cover it I also went with windows 7 to get the rescue media for Windows 8. I'll install Windows 8.1 Pro on a 512GB SSD and install 32GB of RAM. Hope it works out!
02-27-2015 09:24 PM
04-20-2015 11:15 AM
Hi, I'm waiting for my w541 to arrive and also plan on swapping the HDD for a SSD. Would I be able to do the swap before even turning on the machine and doing any initial setup, or do I have to turn it on and do all the setting up of windows 7 pro, blah blah blah.. and then do the cloning of the drive?? Thank you for your input.
04-20-2015 07:11 PM
It depends. If you are doing a fresh install you can make the switch before powering up. But, you might want to power up anyway before you make changes to make sure it's all good.
If you want to keep the Lenovo install I'd leave the origional drive in and do the minimal setup. You'll need to install cloning software somewhere. I liked the free version of EaseUS Partition Manager if you don't get a utility with the drive.
I was doing some experimentation this year and ended up recloning my drive 15-20 times before I got it figured out. After a couple redos I went ahead and updated patching, removed spam-ware and did some basic tweaks on the origional drive so I didn't have to keep repeating those after the clone.
In general though I like keeping the origional drive as backup of last resort so it stays pretty clean.
04-20-2015 10:14 PM
When i got my W541, I turned the computer on once just to make sure it was in working order. I then turned it off and installed the SSD. The only thing you will lose are all the Lenovo programs that come with the computer. You will also lose the Lenovo background image. But the SSD is really worth it.