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x220 Questions and Thoughts.

X200, X201, X220 (including equivalent tablet models) and X300, X301 series specific matters only.
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x220 Questions and Thoughts.

#1 Post by majkey » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:40 am

Got my first Thinkpad from a buddy of mine this summer. A T61 and I absolutely loved it. Never had a laptop with that quality and serviceability. I immediately upgraded the CPU to a T9500. installed a SSD and a caddy for a standard HDD. This old relic is fast as fu*k and made me fall in love with thinkpads. But I wanted somethink more modern but with still the classic keyboard. So I bought a used x220 with I7 2620m cpu. Same story with this one. Upgraded the [censored] out of it. IPS SLB3, 16GB 1600mhz ram, Intel 7260 AC DualBand and a WD Blue 3D nand 500gb SSD. Also replaced the thermalpaste with what says to be the best one. Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Did a BIG change in temp. Before it got up to 95 degrees and start throttling under max load/stress. With the new paste applied it gets to 80 degrees max, and absolutely no throttling. Success.
Sorry for the long story, but Im so amazed with the quality so I had to tell my story :D :D .
Now for the questions. The only thing this amazing laptop cant do Is gaming. But I plan getting a EGPU setup. But does my cpu work for some basic gaming?
Or will the I7 2620m bottleneck the [censored] out of a say Nvidia 1050 gpu? I already bought the EGPU Expresscard hardware. Still have to buy the gpu. But it would be disappointing if the CPU ruins my plans.
Second question. What more can I do to upgrade this amazing laptop :lol: ?
Thanks for reading :bow:

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Re: x220 Questions and Thoughts.

#2 Post by BillMorrow » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:50 am

hello majkey..

welcome to the forum.. :)
and to thinkpads.com

nice tale of discovery you are sharing..

i'm too old and out of the mainstream to advise on upgrading any further but don't hesitate to continue to tell us what further enhancements you make..
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Re: x220 Questions and Thoughts.

#3 Post by dr_st » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:04 am

majkey wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:40 am
I already bought the EGPU Expresscard hardware. Still have to buy the gpu. But it would be disappointing if the CPU ruins my plans.
The CPU will not bottleneck you. The fact that the eGPU connection is a PCIe x1 might.
majkey wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:40 am
Second question. What more can I do to upgrade this amazing laptop :lol: ?
Not much. :)
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Re: x220 Questions and Thoughts.

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:31 am

One more thing: replace the IPS HD with an IPS FHD, after applying nitrocaster's FHD-mod, see here: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=122640
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