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MrClumpy
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Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

Two questions:

 

I've been thinking about buying an X230 (or the X1 Carbon), but the more I look the more I think I should take advantage of the ability to upgrade the x230 with both more RAM and a WWAN-fitting SSD by buying the minimum specs available. 

 

The tests I've seen have mostly been with the x230 with the i5 chip and an HDD.  When I compared the i5 and i7 chips (http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-3520M-vs-Intel-Core-i5-3320M) they seemed to be pretty similar.  Is the i5 sufficiently fast with an SSD or would I regret trying to be extra cheap. 

 

Also, is it silly to get a model with an SSD drive already in it, if I'm going to get an mSATA drive anyway?

 

Any advice would be most welcome.

 

Thanks,.

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Re: Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

I have an X230 with the i5 CPU and a 500Gb 7200-rpm hard drive. It is plenty fast to do anything I need including having 2 machines running on top of the Windows 8 host (3 separate machines all running at the same time). Even so, I can run anything else I want.

 

It is certainly fast enough to work with an SSD. I did not do SSD because they are not big enough and are still subject to catastrophic failure (no gentle failure for SSD's). 

 

.... JDH

 

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Re: Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

Thanks for this. I knew that SSD had been somewhat unreliable and prone to a relatively short life, but assumed that they had improved since then.  Or, were you basically saying that when the ssd dies, there is no way to recover what was on it?

 

 

P.S.  I am new to the forums and just noticed that my status is "paper tape."  This is quite funny to me, since some of the computers I used in junior high school ran using paper tape, back in the day. 

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Re: Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

i7 and i5 dual core are pretty much neck in neck in speed. I think i5 + SSD is a smarter purchase.

If you are going to get a mSATA just get a platter hdd.
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Re: Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

Hello,

 

Just to add a third opinion, I'd go for purchasing a unit with the fastest CPU and the smallest amount of RAM and storage available, then upgrade the RAM, mSATA and HDD as needed.  I've taken this approach with my X220 (no X230 yet) and am happy with the results so far.

 

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Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: Thinkpad X230 i5 vs i7, HDD vs. SSD

Thanks everyone.  I ended up ordering the i7 with 4gb of RAM and a 500 gb hdd from the outlet.  There was so little difference in the cost of the 320 and the 500 I thought I might as well get the 500.  My plan is to get a 256g mSATA drive and 16gb of memory.  With the outlet sale discount, this will cost me about $100 more than one with a 240 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, which warms my discount-seeking  soul.

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