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X120e Memory Efficiency

#1 Post by Scorpion8 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:32 pm

Coming to a mailbox near me soon are two 8Gb SODIMMs for one of my two X120e's. Both currently have 8Gb so one of them gets a boost to 16Gb. One is running a Linux Ubuntu-load of ZorinOS 15. The other has a fresh load of Windows 10. The question is -- which one would benefit more from the extra RAM? Linux is supposedly notoriously famous for being able to run lots of applications in their own VM's on small memory. But Windows also loves a huge sandbox to play in.

Thoughts and opinions?
2@ X120e's for fun, T430s/X220i/T420 running Win10.
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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:56 am

If I were to choose, put it on the one with Windows 10 installed, as it's a known memory hog compared to Linux.
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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#3 Post by Scorpion8 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:09 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:56 am
If I were to choose, put it on the one with Windows 10 installed, as it's a known memory hog compared to Linux.
Which is what I did. It's still slow, that old processor just needs it's gerbils fed more. But more memory can't hurt if I use it for anything serious.
2@ X120e's for fun, T430s/X220i/T420 running Win10.
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory .... lasts forever.

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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:36 pm

Scorpion8 wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Which is what I did. It's still slow, that old processor just needs it's gerbils fed more. But more memory can't hurt if I use it for anything serious.
1. You're expecting too much from the X120e's netbook-class processor.
2. Upgrade to an SSD if you haven't already.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#5 Post by Scorpion8 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:46 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:36 pm
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2. Upgrade to an SSD if you haven't already.
Done in the first restoration, and that helped a bit.
2@ X120e's for fun, T430s/X220i/T420 running Win10.
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory .... lasts forever.

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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:04 am

Scorpion8 wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:46 pm
Done in the first restoration, and that helped a bit.
Well, you've maxed it out in every way possible. Can't get any faster than that.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: X120e Memory Efficiency

#7 Post by Scorpion8 » Thu May 07, 2020 7:15 pm

Well, silly me but the way to make a X120e faster is to retrograde it. My 16GB model runs Win10 and is a pig. I retrograded my ZorinOS version with a different SSD and put Win7 on it, and it's much faster than the other one, even at just 8GB. I always liked Win7 and never had an issue with it. Heck, I might even try WinXP.
2@ X120e's for fun, T430s/X220i/T420 running Win10.
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory .... lasts forever.

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