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Worth upgrading the T430

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Worth upgrading the T430

#1 Post by DeanoVIP » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:30 am

So i do some light video editing, browsing, watching media and light gaming such as wow classic, Football manager and CS:GO. My current specs are i5 3320m, 8gb ram, 480gb ssd, 1tb HD, 768p display.

Now is it worth upgrading to a T460/X260 or should I just add more ram, quad core i7, need to grab a bigger 90w charger too? Which adds up similar to second hand 460/260?


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Re: Worth upgrading the T430

#2 Post by olddog » Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:37 pm

Your T430 has a rather basic screen, and this is a rather more tricky item to upgrade. So if you are doing things like video editing I would rather swap to a machine with a better screen, preferably 15", or buy an external monitor - and then upgrade the processor, etc.

The fact is that a T430 with ample RAM and an I7 is not a slow machine. But you do need a better screen, one way or another.

I started with a T430 with the 1600x900 screen. In due course, as I learnt about Thinkpads, I got hold of a nice W530 with 1920 screen. I then bought a 24" monitor, and I am happy.

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Re: Worth upgrading the T430

#3 Post by sktn77a » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:37 pm

The T460 will not be significantly faster than the T430. The T430 has the last of the non-U CPUs (i5-3320m). The T460 has the low power i5-6300u which is only marginally (very marginally) faster than the i5-3320m CPU, despite being 3 generations newer. Now, if you want a smaller, lighter Thinkpad with two batteries, then by all means go for it.
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