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Re: X1 Carbon - Super Slow - Looking for an upgrade

It's usually Chrome taking up all of the resources.  AVG Software Analyzer sometimes comes and goes rapidly.  Then there's the system task which is also what I see.  Chrome and System is at the top when it spikes.


I found a couple notebooks for sale, a T460P with 16GB of ram ($1400) and a used T460S with 8GB ($750).  I can save quite a bit of money if I go down to the T440P/S but they're a little too bulky for me.  Initially, I wanted the X1 Carbon 3/4th gen with 8GB of memory but I'm worried about running in to the same problems! I think the T460S is a good deal at $750 but I'm worried now about the memory.

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Re: X1 Carbon - Super Slow - Looking for an upgrade

Ah true. SSDs should page a lot less labouredly than an HDD.

Yeah your workload sounds RAM heavy. Chrome is especially memory hoggy. AFAIK, the System task will try to compress some RAM when there's is heavier memory pressure.

You may want to future-proof with 16GB, or a machine that will accept a 16GB upgrade.

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Message 13 of 13

Re: X1 Carbon - Super Slow - Looking for an upgrade

That is a good idea, I think the T460S is a good solution then, I can upgrade the memory to 16GB. I checked crucial and the machine supports up to 20GB!


The T460S specs are below, what do you all think?


Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) 6300U / 2.4 GHz 
Max Turbo Speed 3 GHz 
8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD, M.2, Features TCG Opal Encryption 2 
Memory Speed 2133 MHz 
Configuration Features 1 x 4 GB + 4 GB (soldered) 

LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight 
Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD ) 
Widescreen Display Yes 
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9 
Monitor Features anti-glare 
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 520 
Integrated Webcam 
Sound Stereo speakers , microphone 
Audio Codec Realtek ALC3245 

TrackPoint, UltraNav, backlit keyboard 
Features buttonless touchpad, multi-touch touchpad, spill-resistant 

Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 
Wired Protocol Gigabit Ethernet 
3 x USB 3.0 
Mini DisplayPort 
Headphone/microphone combo jack 
4 in 1 Memory Card Reader 

Input AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) 
Output 45 Watt 
- 26 Wh lithium ion Battery, 3-cell 

256 GB hard drive 
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security Chip 

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