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Screwtape
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Brand New T410 - Current 128MB SSD Brand and TRIM Support? Also i7-620m vs i5-560m?

I'm thinking of taking advantage of the T410 sales and get a 128MB SSD as part of the configuration.

 

1) What's the brand of 128MB SSD used in the current T410 builds? (searching found Samsung SSDs are commonly used in the T410 builds -- that still true)?

 

2) Do the latest SSDs being used support TRIM?

 

3) With the current sales, you can get a i7-620m with a 128MB SSD for only $100 more than a i5-560m with a 250GB spindle drive. Seems that the i7 and SSD is the obvious choice. Will battery life be the same with the i7 configuration compared to the i5? I know both are dual-cores that run at basically the same clock speeds, and the i7 has more cache. 

Q-Ball
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Re: Brand New T410 - Current 128MB SSD Brand and TRIM Support? Also i7-620m vs i5-560m?

1.) The brand of 128GB SSD in the current T410 builds is either that of Samsung, Toshiba, or Intel. All of these brands use different controllers (AFAIK). I believe it's also more 'luck-of-the-draw' than anything when you get the T410: an interesting choice since all 3 makes of drive have different speeds due to the different controllers (and they aren't the fastest controllers on the market by any stretch though I believe that all 3 offer similar performance).

2.) Yes, they should (as these controllers do).

3.) Battery life will be exactly the same. The only thing about the i5 vs. the i7 is that the i7 has a bigger turbo boost than the i5 (which doesn't really kick in during normal use)- all other clocks are the same (and the CPU's both kick off at maximum 35 watts of heat- they use the same amount of power).

From what I've heard, though, the new T420 (which should be available sometime this month) has better battery life and supports faster SSDs should you decide to add one later if you go that route.
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Screwtape
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Re: Brand New T410 - Current 128MB SSD Brand and TRIM Support? Also i7-620m vs i5-560m?

 


@Q-Ball wrote:
From what I've heard, though, the new T420 (which should be available sometime this month) has better battery life and supports faster SSDs should you decide to add one later if you go that route.

I had told myself that I would wait for the T420 but with the clearance sales and discounts of the current T410 and T510 line, I'm not sure.  I'm not too concerned about cutting edge SSD speed but the battery life of the T420 does interest me.  Unfortunately, I figure an equivalent T420 to the T410 i7-620m, 4GB DDR3, 3100m Nvidia Optimus, 128GB SSD, etc. would cost MUCH more.  The current T410 price for the mentioned T410 configurations work great for me and I'm not sure I can justify the higher cost of the T420.

 

Thoughts? 

 

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