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T430 i7 3.6GHz with 4GB RAM?

2013-07-25, 1:41 AM

I have had a IBM/Lenovo computer before (2006 T60p). After shopping around the Lenovo prices are best for the options I am looking to get. I have a 20% student discount and want to keep the price to around $1000. Will the 4 GB RAM be enough for the i7 processor? Is the Cache Drive worth it? I suppose the Cache Drive speeds up the start up time? Is there anything you would change?  Finally, I assume that the T430 as configured will be a lot faster than my Toshiba. Thanks for your input.

My current computer:
Toshiba Satellite from 2010
Intel i5 2.4GHz
500GB Hard Disk Drive

What I plan to order:
Lenovo T430
Intel i7 3.6GHz 4M Cache
500GB Hard Disk, 7200rpm
16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive


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Re: T430 i7 3.6GHz with 4GB RAM?

2013-07-25, 2:36 AM

It's a good update in my opinion. That i7 dual core is much faster than first gen i5 and the 16 GB mSATA should make launching frequently used apps faster though you won't notice the speed effect due to SSD caching until the system is used for at least a day.


As for 4 GB RAM, it's enough for basic tasks, but I strongly suggest 8 or 16 GB especially if you're working on Adobe Creative Suites as those programs will read and write less to the HDD and stay on the RAM. Running virtual machines are also good reasons to upgrade to at least 8 GB. You can get the T430 with 4 GB and then buy an aftermarket one and install it.


Update: I just read an article from Toms Hardware and it's really interesting to see that upgrading the RAM to 16 GB reduces the read and write operations to the HDD/SSD significantly: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-ram-endurance,3475.html

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Re: T430 i7 3.6GHz with 4GB RAM?

2013-07-25, 4:35 AM
Honestly, I'd skip the cache drive and add more RAM (aftermarket is cheaper). If you hit 12GB you can probably disable the page file to avoid pagefile thrashing.

I personally use a 3rd party caching software called eBoostr that takes pretty much any medium you throw at it (like an SD card or portions of system RAM).

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
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W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
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