Thank you. I actually just finished reading through the welcome package from the college as I typed this.
Why is that? My preferred SSDs that I recommend to my customers are the Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force 3, Patriot Wildfire, and the Patriot Pyro SE. If you are considering the OWC, then there is no reason not to consider the other Sandforce 2281 controlled drives. I have not tried the OWC drives and I do not have anything against them. The Crucial m4, Intel, and Samsung drives are very good, too, but they are definitely not your only other options. I think the W500 is limited to the SATA I specification, which means that all of these SATA III drives will give you the same performance.
Well as the W500 has SATA II throughout the system, I figured that installing a SATA III drive would allow me to max out the I/O. This I found important as I planned on running Arch Linux on LVM on dm-crypt/LUKS for the sake of security. I'll definitely have a look at the Corsair and Patriot SSDs that you mentioned. Thank you for expanding my horizons on that.
Totally unnecessary in my opinion. With tpfancontrol, you can decide for yourself what temperature you want your system to run. The W500 has much better cooling capabilities over the X200, and the W500 has no problem evacuating the 35W of heat. The manufacturing tolerances are not as tight as the specs lead you to believe. That is a lot of money for an upgrade that will make such a small difference. The maximum power usage under load between the two is less than 5W, and performance is nearly identical. Here is a great article comparing the two processors: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Comparison-of-Intel-Centrino-2-CPUs.11100.0.html
My wife has that same model of MacBook, so I know what you are talking about with the leg frying heat.
Thank you very much for the link to that comparison. It put things in perspective for me. As for lowering the voltage of the processor and speed of the fan, I'll be looking at Linux-PHC, phctool and thinkpad-acpi to keep those in check as I don't use Windows at all now.@ajkula66
This is a *huge* gamble. If you end up with a Samsung panel, you'll wish that you haven't gotten a WUXGA unit. It is garbage, plain and simple. WSXGA+ carries much more of a certainty when it comes to LCD quality on this generation of ThinkPads.
That is very disconcerting news. I'll contact the reseller of the system next week and see if they can tell me whether the panel is a Samsung or not. Hopefully it isn't; although after reading through several threads at thinkpads.com and Notebook Review, I see your point entirely. Very disconcerting indeed.
That's because batteries from T60 and R60 are the same as ones for the W500...shared by a number of other models as well...
Ah, I completely forgot that that was the case. I'll check with the reseller on that too. I've also e-mailed ThinkPad Lover about it.
W500 runs very cool and quiet (mine had a T9600) until pushed hard. No need for a CPU swap. upgrade or anything along those lines.
I knew the system was capable of handling hotter processors but not the T9600 - T9900! Thank you for the well wishes on my search.
@jayton4 and ajkula66
Thank you very much for your replies. I really appreciate them and you both have shed light on things that I had completely overlooked and expanded my horizons in this endeavour. Thank you.Edit:
I've contacted the reseller of the W500 about the panel issue and should expect a reply early next week.
Eureka: X200s (7470-5HU), Arch Linux
Mirandra: T22 (Unknown), Arch Linux (deceased)