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T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:51 pm
by nfotis
Hello everybody,

I am looking into Ebay for a T480, and I saw a listing for a T480 with 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
When I asked the seller for the type, he wrote me back that the model type is 20L6-S3NY00.

The strange thing is, I looked into the PSREF, and I cannot locate this type/configuration: https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T480
When I asked for a photo of the sticker, he provided me one (with serial number censored), should I be worried? Is there a possibility that the PSREF isn't complete?

Cheers,
N.F.

Re: T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:57 pm
by ajkula66
nfotis wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:51 pm
Is there a possibility that the PSREF isn't complete?
They have never been complete. If you like the specs and the price, go for it.

Re: T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:30 am
by nfotis
ajkula66 wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:57 pm
They have never been complete. If you like the specs and the price, go for it.
Thanks for the correction - I was under the impression that this system was the reference for all variations available to the public.

Cheers,
N.F.

Re: T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:28 pm
by nfotis
Maybe a stupid question, but... would it be possible to find a discrete GPU (MX150) and add it later to the T480?

Or is it a different system board? (I would guess the latter)

N.F.

Re: T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:14 pm
by theterminator93
Correct, CPU and GPU are soldered to the motherboard and upgrade would require replacement.

Re: T480 model number not shown in PSREF - cause for worry?

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:14 pm
by nfotis
Received today my T480, and the first impressions are favorable.

The main differences to my X220 are the more neutral screen colors (the X220 has a bluish cast), size and the keyboard. This island keyboard takes time getting used to it... (and it's the UK layout instead of the US I had in my X220).

The CPU is OK for typical tasks (i5-8250), but I would like the boost from the Nvidia GPU in the light game I tested (Trainz train simulator). I guess that exchanging the motherboard for an MX150 equipped one isn't financially prudent, though (I saw i5-8250 mobos at 400 dollars on Ebay).

For business tasks, sure it seems quite usable.

Cheers,
N.F.