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February 26th, 2011


03:29 am - New laptop
My Thinkpad T61 has served me pretty well for the last couple of years but now it's time for something new. I shopped around a bit but ended up going back to Lenovo and customized a W510. It helped that right when I was trying to make a decision between brands they went on sale (coinciding with the release of Sandy Bridge?) and I got it for half of what I was expecting.

The shit:
Core i7-820QM Quad-core
16GB DDR3-1333 RAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M (1GB DDR3)
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN Wireless
500GB 7200RPM HD (no SSD for me, thanks)

I'm not big on nVidia, but I'm also less than impressed with the Intel GM965 I have now. The only laptop I could find with ATI wasn't even close to what I wanted (and cost more). I find myself needing good 3D for AutoCAD these days so I'll give it a try. I was also tempted to get an i7-940XM, but I just couldn't justify it.

So I expect to be elbow-deep in kernel configs and rebuilding for most of the weekend.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 28th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)

Ryan

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Hope you got the 1920x1080 full hd display that is available with W510.
Everything else is not so relevant/important although it makes for very very decent machine up there in a nice 15" box. As an owner of 14" (a Laptop from Lenovo I am talking about, just in case ) 15" is just so much nicer balanced machine ! I really doubt a humanbeing is so capable to multi-task with three-four-five-six? VMs running in that 16G powerhouse...

Again, if you chose to go with their color accurate, stunning Full HD display - very good for you, otherwise, I really suggest you to return it unopened and get the better display.

ak

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