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Arcen
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Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

Hello,

 

I am stuck on which spec to buy. I wish X1 can come with i7 with 8 GB of ram =/ but I cant wait until that build comes out due to school starting in 3 weeks.

 

Things I do daily are the following:

 

I plan to do the usual Microsoft Word,Excel, powerpoint and Outlook.. Browse alot and check emails.. watch movies.. and plan to run QTP(Quick Test Professional) a tool from HP that is used to create scripts and automate.

 

I am stuck on whic build to get, Can anyone please give me suggestions and why?

 

Thank you very much,

 

Alex

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Re: Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

welcome to the community.

 

you're in a similar quandry with a few other folks. Smiley Wink

if you feel you really want or need the i7, and you're in no great hurry, i'd wait to see how things play out with future availability of the i7/8gb version. if time is critical and you absolutely need the machine now, i'd advise going with the i5/8gb over the i7/4gb model. imo, the gain from double the ram will outweigh the small performance edge of the i7 over the i5. i'd also opt for the largest ssd option.

 

hth.


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Arcen
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Re: Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

Thanks for the reply!

 

 

Yes I do plan to get the largest SSD option. That is a total of atleast $1800+ ...thats alot of money to spend when the spec I want might come out soon =/ ....

 

Any idea if and when the new model with i7 and 8gb will be available?

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Re: Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

yep! it's a pretty dear machine, costwise.

 

sorry, but i've got no clue when, or even if, an i7/8gb variant might be available. anything i say would only be repeating what has already been speculated... and it would still only be speculation.

 

cheers.


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Re: Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

Not confirmed yet, but the i7 is believed to have 4Gb due to heat.

If everyone didn't know already the Ram is soldered in on the X1c's.

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Re: Carbon X1 -Suggestions please - i5 with 8GB OR i 7 with 4 GB?

I use all-too-many-computers.

 

I am a programmer using Microsoft .NET and SQL Server, and a photographer using Adobe Photoshop CS6. I shoot RAW images with a Nikon D800 - files that range from 40MB to 75MB - that I edit in Photoshop CS6. I currently use computers for these tasks that range from a Core-Duo, to the i3, i5 and i7 processors. These computers have from 4gb to 12gb RAM.

 

Frankly, I don't see much of a difference between ANY of these computers doing coding or manipulation of large images in Photoshop. The fastest computer I have is that the Ideapad U150 that has a core-duo with 4gb ram - and it's the fastest  because it is the only one with an SSD.

 

I frankly don't see the big deal about 8GB or the i7. I have an X1 Carbon on order - I ordered the i5 with 4gb RAM. My overriding consideration is battery life - and with my reasoning, the i5 will use less than the i7 and the 4gb will use less than the 8gb.

 

For the apps you mention, I'm sure you'll see NO difference between any of the configurations. 

 

I wouldn't agonize over the processor size and memory - in 6 months, they'll be outdated anyways Smiley Happy

 

bert

 

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