05-26-2010 05:24 AM
I'm having a Lenovo ThinkPad T500 (2081CTO) and I want to buy a new hard drive.
I would like to buy a SSD, but just due to the fact that I read that the mechanical HDDs are just too slow to really take advantage of SATA 3.0 Gbit/s.
This was stated here as well as that it should be working with approximately the speed of SATA 3.0 Gbit/s: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T61-and-prior-T-series
Now I read here that my notebook would not be able to use the SATA 3.0 Gbit/s anyway: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-
Can somebody please clarify this for me or post test results if somebody has done this kind of after-market upgrade - is the second post just wrong or is there a problem with the T500?
Thanks for your help!
05-26-2010 08:31 AM - edited 05-27-2010 07:08 AM
it can't fully saturate sata I in its native speed, no platter hdd can.
05-27-2010 06:50 AM - edited 05-27-2010 06:52 AM
05-27-2010 01:30 PM
Thanks for your answers so far.
@mrpeter1985: the page just states that the HDDs shipped with the T500 are only SATA - but the controller inside (Intel ICH9M-E/M according to the device manager) is supposed to be able to support SATA 3.0 Gbit/s.
Does anybody have a SATA 3.0 Gbit/s-HDD in its T500 and could provide a quick benchmark of HDD-throughput, maybe SiSoftware Sandra Lite (http://www.sisoftware.net) or Everest (http://www.lavalys.com)?
Thanks in advance!
05-27-2010 07:52 PM
I believe the T500 has been benchmarked at 3.0 speeds on several sites testing out fast SSD's.. though depending on your bios, and driver versions your mileage may vary..
05-28-2010 12:09 AM
@sys3175: thanks - that's a good idea! I had a hard time finding benchmarks for the T500 with SSD - I only managed to find this: http://communities.intel.com/message/86694;jsessio
The first link gives hope since it at least gets over the 1.5 Gbit/s - so it appears that SATA 3.0 Gbit/s is supported. The second link is less promising, but well maybe something else was wrong there...
Do you have any more/better benchmarks?
Thanks for the help!
12-21-2011 03:42 AM
What's new about the SATA speed of levono T400, T500, W500 etc. ?
Here Mark_Levono answer the SATA operate at the normal SATA II speed.
But the same Mark_Levono also responded that le SATA of the T400, T500, W500 is limited at 1.5Gbit which corresponds to SATA I bitrate.
Clearly today i dont know if a SSD SATA II will be operate with the full bitrate in a lenovo T500...
12-21-2011 03:54 AM