02-28-2018 06:12 AM - edited 02-28-2018 06:16 AM
I have a W520 now with 8gb ram, and a Quattro 1000 w/2gb graphic memory.
My system ram is usually under 5gb usage, and I don't do a lot as far as video goes.
Only youtube, and I am hooked up to a 1920x1200 monitor most of the time.
For a T480, Is 8gb of ram sufficient, or would 16 make better use of the graphics card?
02-28-2018 10:12 AM
A lesson from the 1960s that's just as valid today: You can never have too much RAM.
If in doubt, go with 16GB now. And if possible, get a single 16GB SO-DIMM rather than 2x 8GB so you can add a second 16GB later.
If you keep the T480 as long as the W520 you'll be glad you overconfigured from the get-go.
Incidentally sometimes Lenovo's pricing for more than base-level RAM is so high that it's cheaper to buy upgrades from a reputable after market supplier like Crucial. For example, Lenovo's price for upgrading from 8GB to 16GB may be almost as much, if not more, than the cost of a 16GB SO-DIMM from Crucial. The benefit to you is you can keep the original 8GB and add the 16GB for a total of 24GB without spending [much] more money. Doing this doesn't affect Lenovo's warranty either.
02-28-2018 03:30 PM - edited 02-28-2018 03:32 PM
Thanks for your reply hausman.
The W520 has an i7-2760QM quad core I believe, do you think the new quad core i5 would be as good or better? The other thing is the W has a 7200 rpm disc drive, and I will either get a 256 or 512 ssd. I'm basically trying to find out what config I need to get to have the same, or better performance out of a T480. Thanks
03-01-2018 05:27 AM
> The W520 has an i7-2760QM quad core I believe, do you think the new quad core i5 would be as good or better?
No idea. You could compare CPU benchmark speeds. That info is readily available by Google search. But those results don't account for other system architecture improvements, including better GPUs, faster RAM and busses, etc.
> The other thing is the W has a 7200 rpm disc drive, and I will either get a 256 or 512 ssd.
An SSD in the W520 will make a very noticeable improvement in system speed. That alone might be enough to let you delay the upgrade to a T480.