04-13-2009 09:55 AM
I'm looking to make an upgrade to my T61p. I am considering two options.
1. getting a T9500 (2.6Ghz, 6MB L2) to replace my T8300 (2.4Ghz, 3MB L2)- $280
2. getting the X-25M 80GB Intel SSD- $363
I am familiar with the limiter regarding the SATA II connection. Which option would offer a better performance increase?
04-13-2009 10:22 AM - edited 04-13-2009 10:24 AM
it depends on what you're doing. the most noticeable difference overall will be with an SSD. for heavy math/rendering applications, the processor would likely be better. the T8300 is no slouch though and jumping 200 MHz won't seem like anything in everyday tasks.
having installed an SSD in my X61s and seeing a huge increase in overall response time, my vote would be with an SSD. this also doesn't void your warranty.
08-01-2017 05:17 AM
In addition to the change to SSD I would also upgrade RAM to 8GB, or at the very least 4GB/6GB. Generally the T61 series came with 512MB, 1GB, or 2GB which is too little for a modern OS.
The challenge these days is going to be to find DDR2 RAM at reasonable prices.
08-11-2017 12:18 AM
SSD will bring more much faster experience and with 8gb of ram, everything will be OK.
i own T61p and W500 both with SSD and 8GB RAM, and they served me well even in 2017 - i even use them for light video or audio editing and its works like a charm.