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Lennnonn
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Crucial MX300 275GB SATA & Lenovo x200 - performance boost

Hi there

 

I am very happy with my X200, I have 4gb ram, p8600 2.40GHz. I have recently written on its keyboard for 100 hours and I have to say I could not have chosen a better keyboard to do that!

 

However, would not mind the computer to be more responsive. 

  

Please could you advise if replacing the original drive with the following

Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD
CT8401838

will improve the computer performance a lot? Is it the right type of drive?

 

 

Will replacing the the system to win7 64 bit improve performance even more?

 

Thank you. 

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Re: Crucial MX300 275GB SATA & Lenovo x200 - performance boost

Welcome to the forum!

 

An SSD upgrade will give you a nice improvement boost indeed. The drive you mention should work with no issues at all.

 

I would also recommend you to upgrade the RAM to 8GB and switch to a 64bits operating system. Regarding RAM, you will need to buy DDR3-10600 or DDR3-8500 SODIMM modules. Avoid no name RAM and economy models (like Corsair "Value Select" or Kingston "Value RAM") and preferably stick to well known brands like the ones listed below:

 

  • Crucial
  • Kingston Hyper-X
  • Samsung 
  • Hynix
  • Elpida

Good luck with the purchase(s)!

 

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Re: Crucial MX300 275GB SATA & Lenovo x200 - performance boost

Thank you Tasurinchi

I was thinking of RAM upgrade as well, however, how can I check for sure that my MOBO is allowing that? When I checked using an engine of an online shop, it said that the max for my machine is 4 gb.
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@Lennnonn wrote:
I checked using an engine of an online shop, it said that the max for my machine is 4 gb.

This is due to outdates specs, at the time of writing there were not 4GB modules available. I have several X200/s models (around 9 if I remember correctly), most of them with SSD and 8GB and they run without any issue.

 

Just make sure to buy DDR3-8500 or DDR3-10600 modules (the latter more easy to find). If you stay with these specs and my further recommendations above you should have no problems.

 

I couldn't make DDR3-12800 model work in my machines so I normally recommend to avoid them.

 

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Re: Crucial MX300 275GB SATA & Lenovo x200 - performance boost

Thank you very much for your help.

When the system is 8gb 64bit, form what I know, it addresses all the RAM in total and allows more per app as well. So if I use my Thinkpad for music making, word processing and browsing in chrome, 8gig will allow bigger music projects - and I have heard - greater security in chrome. Is that accurate?

Now, how about the swap page? I guess that if you use a ssd, a swap page is not a slowing down factor, so it should be left to windows to preset it?
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Re: Crucial MX300 275GB SATA & Lenovo x200 - performance boost


@Lennnonn wrote:
8gig will allow bigger music projects - and I have heard - greater security in chrome. Is that accurate?

Yes Smiley Happy

 


@Lennnonn wrote:
so it should be left to windows to preset it?

Yes, you will need a clean install anyway. So let Windows handle it.

 

After re-installing don't forget to download, install and run Lenovo System Update (I'll do that after running Windows Update anyway)

 

Good luck and keep us posted how it went. Feel also free to open further topics if you have more questions.

 

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