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Default / best BIOS settings for Windows 10 on T430s (i7 w/TB1)

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Default / best BIOS settings for Windows 10 on T430s (i7 w/TB1)

#1 Post by livmatus » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:59 pm

Hi folks.

I own a T430s (which was originally delivered without OS and was used with various Linux distributions.

I am not a Linux guy and I want to make use of Thunderbolt port for an eGPU for light gaming (inspired by this thread https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comme ... _old_t430s) ... I will also use this eGPU to enhance graphics performance on my 2012 Mac mini. (currently trying to find a good deal on Gigabyte RX560 or Radeon Pro WX4100)

The question is: What are the exact / best / default / out of factory BIOS settings to run Windows 10?

I am mostly concerned about these options:
- Load Setup Defaults – OS Optimized Defaults
- UEFI/Legacy Boot
- Secureboot

Thanks
ThinkPad T430s (2356-BH1): i7 3520M, 16GB Samsung RAM, 500GB Samsung 850 EVO, 120GB Kingston UV500 mSATA
Mac mini (Late 2012): i7 3720QM, 16GB Elpida RAM, 250GB Samsung 860 EVO

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Re: Default / best BIOS settings for Windows 10 on T430s (i7 w/TB1)

#2 Post by moofish2842 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:35 pm

My recommendation: Disable secure boot, set UEFI first, and don't worry about OS optimized defaults. You may try loading OS optimized defaults if that means for Windows 8 on your machine if you have trouble without them.
W541 - i7-4940mx, 8gb RAM, Quadro k2100m
T530 - i7-3632qm, 8gb RAM, NVS 5400M; motherboard upgrade from t520.
T430 - i5-3320m, 4gb
T430s - i7-3520m, 8gb
Helix 1st Gen - i5-3337u 4gb
Other experience with X230t and t540p
I am 15 years old

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Re: Default / best BIOS settings for Windows 10 on T430s (i7 w/TB1)

#3 Post by moofish2842 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:08 pm

You should also make sure your T430s is capable. It must have an i7 processor and no Nvidia graphics, and presence should be indicated by there being a thunderbolt symbol rather than a displayport symbol above the port.
W541 - i7-4940mx, 8gb RAM, Quadro k2100m
T530 - i7-3632qm, 8gb RAM, NVS 5400M; motherboard upgrade from t520.
T430 - i5-3320m, 4gb
T430s - i7-3520m, 8gb
Helix 1st Gen - i5-3337u 4gb
Other experience with X230t and t540p
I am 15 years old

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