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Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-21, 20:53 PM

I'm about to buy a new thinkpad and I am looking at Lenovo website and cannot see any T500 configurations with option switchable graphics. The configurations available are with:

1. Intel Graphics Media Accelerator x4500HD with vPro
2. ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 with 256MB with Intel Advanced Management Technology
I called up customer service, (the 866-96THINK number) and asked about it and she replied saying that only the T510 with discrete graphics has the switchable graphics. I checked the T510 configurations and see only one such option and it says: "NVIDIA NVS 3100m Graphics 512MB DDR3 with Intel Advanced Management Technology".
Upon asking them about it, they said that the one with switchable graphics and there was no such option in T500 ever! I know thats not true (correct me if I am wrong).
BTW, I also checked the TechSpecs and there they mention (under T500) Graphics:
Integrated Intel® GMA 4500 MHD 
ATI Switchable business graphics with 256 M B
And under T510 Graphics:
Integrated Intel® 5 
NVIDIA® switchable NVS3100M 512MB
So I am confused now, is a system with option "ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 with 256MB with Intel Advanced Management Technology" same as switchable graphics? Or they don't offer them anymore? Please let me know.
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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 1:40 AM

It was on website last night 1/21/10 but as of this morning it was taken off. no longer available.

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 2:17 AM

Integrated graphics is part of the (Intel) chipset.

 

Discrete graphics is separate from the chipset (ATI or Nvidia).

 

Switchable graphics means you have both, and can switch.

 

There are no customizable T500's with switchable graphics on the US web site at the moment.

 

If you really have to have a switchable T500, I suggest searching resellers for the standard models listed in the tabook.

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 17:24 PM

Hi Bananaman,

 

My T400 has switchable graphics and IIRC was listed as "discrete"  on the website when I ordered it.  I see quite a few references on the web to "ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 with 256MB with Intel Advanced Management Technology" (which is how the discrete graphics T500s are listed) as switchable.

 

Are you saying that "discrete" in this context/these days means discrete only, not switchable?

 

I'm still confused.

 

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 18:36 PM

Hi zoltanthegypsy!

 

IMHO the most consistently reliable source for ThinkPad specs is the tabook, and to quote from it: "Switchable graphics: Switches between discrete and integrated graphics".

 

In the new T410s/T410/T510/W510 model lineup, according to Matt Kohut "only T410s will have switchable. The rest will be discrete only or integrated only.".

 

Of course none of this guarantees that these terms are used "accurately" everywhere. If I were buying I would double or triple check!

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 18:56 PM

The tabook doesn't seem to discuss the CTO models listed on the website.  That makes sense, I guess, but still leaves the potential on-line purchaser guessing :(

 

Maybe I'm just mis-reading it.  Hopefully...

 

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 20:56 PM

@Bananaman: Thanks for the link to tabook. As zoltanthegypsy mentioned, it does not list CTO models listed on the website.

Anyways, I then called the IBM EPP customer care and the person said that they are just out of it right now, but they should be available sometime next week. So I guess I will have to wait until they are available :(

 

Btw, the EPP customer care service was much better as compared to the 96-THINK (they were hell-bent on selling the T510 and was very rude whenever I inquired anything about T500!)

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Re: Are T500 with switchable Graphics still available?

2010-01-22, 23:07 PM

The Ati w/ Intel AMT was how my T500 was sold (switchable graphics).  Despite Microsoft making a stand against switchable graphics I believe that any T500 w/ ATI will be switchable.

 

I however, have my laptop locked to the ATI solution (I cannot stand intel's video) and I still can get about 6hours out of the ATI and the 9cell.  I've even on an occasion of especially light usage (actually used my laptop as a mp3 player on a long flight) I managed nearly 10 hours (of course, this was with the screen turned off entirely)

Thinkpad T500-2081 CTO | T9400 2.53GHz | 8 GB RAM | ATI HD3650 + Intel GM45 | 15.4" LED WXGA+ | Windows 10 | ATI Catalyst 13.1 (non-switchable)
Thinkpad 390x | PII 333 | 256mb ram | NeoMagic 256AV | SVGA LCD | OS/2 v4.52
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