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[t460p] Software TPM, upgradability and CPU differences

Hi, I'm thinking about purchasing a T460p however I have four questions before purchase:-

 

1. What is a "Software TPM"? I was under the impression a TPM was a piece of hardware? I'm assuming(?) that software TPM means a TPM emulated by the BIOS or something like that, but I'd like a definite confirmation.

 

2. How hard is it to upgrade the hard-drive/RAM? I would like to install a 1TB SATA3 SSD and upgrade the RAM myself due to the large price difference of the Lenovo upgrade vs just buying it myself.

 

3. Would upgrading the hard-drive/RAM void my warranty? I'm considering paying the extra £100 for the accidental warranty, but I don't want to have voided it before even using the laptop. I understand the SSD and RAM won't be convered by warranty, but the rest of the device still will be, correct (Keyboard/spills/etc...)?

 

4. How large of a difference is there between the i7-6700hq and i7-6820hq. From what I can tell from benchmarks, it's a very small difference (2-4%). Can someone explain to me the large price difference? I feel like I'm missing something.

 

Thanks,

Nick.

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Re: [t460p] Software TPM, upgradability and CPU differences

For #1 - My limited understanding is that a Trusted Platform Module can be implemented in both hardware and software. Lenovo somehow manages to include both.

#2 - As long as you have a reasonably good quality small phillips screwdriver and a "spudger," it's not difficult to swap out the hard drive and RAM. I upgraded mine with a 2TB Samsung SSD and 32GB of RAM; the physical installation took 10-15 minutes. I initially configured Windows on the 500GB HD, then cloned it to the 2TB drive using an external USB3 enclosure.

#3 - Yes, the rest of the laptop is still covered. While swapping them out isn't exactly easy, they're still user-replaceable parts (otherwise there would be a label on the bottom cover indicating otherwise).

#4 - The 6700 wasn't an option in the US when I purchased mine; only the i5 options and the i7-6820HQ. I'm guessing that the difference will likely be minimal and would matter only to those who really need squeeze every bit of processing power they can out of their machines.
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Re: [t460p] Software TPM, upgradability and CPU differences

The processor cannot be upgraded - soldered to the motherboard.  As far as I know, all the Skylake mobile processors are soldered. 


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Re: [t460p] Software TPM, upgradability and CPU differences

Wrong thread @richk? Anyway, I'm gonna get this laptop, however my student discount doesn't seem to be working anymore (Was giving me 10% off last week), so now I need to wait until Monday to call sales and work out the issue Robot Sad

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Re: [t460p] Software TPM, upgradability and CPU differences

Intel i7-6820HQ, in contrast to i7-6700HQ, has Intel vPro technology support.

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