05-24-2017 09:19 AM
I have a Lenovo W530 that runs pretty well. The specs are:
Intel i7-3820QM CPU
180 GB Intel SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive in bay
32 GB RAM
ALl runs well but I am wondering if I would really see that much gain if upgrading to a P50 or P51? The Xeon processors do not seem that much faster. Would I be better to maybe get a new SSD drive?
I primarily use my laptop for web design and development. I use Adobe Photoshop as probably my biggest memory program. With 32 GB of Ram I dont have many issues, but would the speed be that much better with an updated system?
05-24-2017 12:45 PM
With photoshop, it really depends on what you are doing. If I use photoshop, my picture files aren't that big and I am not doing anything very sophisticated. Your system would be fine. If you are working on huge RAW files and doing complicated color manipulation with lots of stacked changes, the T50/P51's option of 4X16GB would be appealing. As far as program development, when I was doing that, my rule was that as soon as a build took much longer than a minute, I would upgrade. I found that after a minute, my mind would wander and go get a cup of coffee. A 2-minute build would cost half an hour before I got back
05-24-2017 01:01 PM
I also worry about the whole SSD drive reaching its limit or writes. Is it preferred to leave a mobile workstation on at night or off? Does it help save SSD usage? I was also thinking about getting a new SSD drive for my W530. Any suggestions?
What is best way to move the system OS to a new drive when no installation disk exists? I have Acronis True Image if that would help.