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Help - Choosing the best T480 setup

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Help - Choosing the best T480 setup

#1 Post by seankeith90 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:46 am

Hi, I'm in the midst of buying my first Thinkpad T series and I've got some questions to clarify with all the current owners. These are the configuration of T480 I'm looking at;

Processor : Intel Core i7-8650U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.20GHz)
Operating System : Windows 10 Home 64
Operating System Language : Windows 10 Home 64 English
Display : 14.0" WQHD (2560x1440), IPS, 300nits, Anti-glare
Memory : 4GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM
Graphic Card : NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GDDR5 2GB
Body Color : Black
Top Cover Material : Standard PPS (PPSU Poly) cover
Camera : Infrared & 720p HD Camera with Microphone
Keyboard : Keyboard Backlit English
Pointing Device : Fingerprint Reader
Security Chip : Hardware dTPM
TPM Setting : Hardware dTPM2.0 Enabled
First Hard Drive : 1TB Solid State Drive, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, Opal 2.0
Second Hard Drive : 128GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2242, PCIe-NVMe
Front Battery : 3 Cell Li-Ion Battery, 24Wh, Front
Rear Battery : 3cell Battery 24Wh Rear
Power Cord : 65W AC Adapter (3pin)-UK (USB Type C)
Wireless : Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 2x2 AC, Bluetooth Version 4.1, vPro
vPro Certified Model : vPro Certified
Display Panel : 14.0" WQHD (2560x1440), PPS, No touch, No WWAN, IR Camera, Mic
Base : Intel Core i7-8650U Processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB
Language Pack : Publication-English
Warranty : 1 Year Carry-in

Below are my confusions;

1. Based on the configuration above, will it have double pipe heatsink or singular?
2. Since i'm going for 1tb NVMe at the M2.2280 slot, does Lenovo 1tb component is as good as Samsung 960 or its lottery? Will the 2 lanes lose out to the 4 lanes available in the T480s?
3. I'm also opting to upgrade the M2.2242 slot to 480gb in the future. Correct me if im wrong, 2 lanes speed is the same regardless its 2242 or 2280, right?
4. Why there is no option for NFC sensor if the Fingerprint sensor is selected, but NFC is available if Fingerprint sensor isn't selected? We can only choose either one and can't have both?

As for the RAM, i'm planning to upgrade it to 64gb (32gb x 2) so i'll leave it as it is. I'm choosing this over the T480s becaused of its soldered 8gb RAM, with imbalance dual channel memory if another slot is not also 8gb RAM. And also the single lane M2.2242 limits the SSD speed in T480s.

Pls advice if i'm making the right choices. Thanks!

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Re: Help - Choosing the best T480 setup

#2 Post by w0qj » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:51 am

Welcome to our ThinkPads forum!

0. Below external URL links would give you a very good idea of both T480 and T480s, including pictures if its insides...
www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T ... 682.0.html
www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T ... 574.0.html
www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T ... 832.0.html

1. Your question #1:
Think T480 i7 config should have double pipe heat sink, as per pictures in the first URL link.

2. Your questions on T480 SSD, above URL links stated that Samsung PM981 SSD were inside their evaluation units.
We have been satisfied with our ThinkPad purchases, including our SSD selection/performance.

3. Your questions regarding SSD peformance (x2 vs x4 lanes, etc.):
To be quite frank, SSD performance is always "fast enough" to the point that you don't notice significant speed difference in real life performance!
And if you *really* want faster/more lanes for RAM and SSD, then you should get workstation models such as P1/P52/P72/X1_Extreme, albeit at vastly different budgets.

Above three URL links are as in-depth as you can probably get from internet, so may we suggest you study these at your convenience!

4. Do have fun choosing your ThinkPad!
seankeith90 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:46 am
...Below are my confusions;

1. Based on the configuration above, will it have double pipe heatsink or singular?
2. Since i'm going for 1tb NVMe at the M2.2280 slot, does Lenovo 1tb component is as good as Samsung 960 or its lottery? Will the 2 lanes lose out to the 4 lanes available in the T480s?
3. I'm also opting to upgrade the M2.2242 slot to 480gb in the future. Correct me if im wrong, 2 lanes speed is the same regardless its 2242 or 2280, right?
4. Why there is no option for NFC sensor if the Fingerprint sensor is selected, but NFC is available if Fingerprint sensor isn't selected? We can only choose either one and can't have both?

As for the RAM, i'm planning to upgrade it to 64gb (32gb x 2) so i'll leave it as it is. I'm choosing this over the T480s becaused of its soldered 8gb RAM, with imbalance dual channel memory if another slot is not also 8gb RAM. And also the single lane M2.2242 limits the SSD speed in T480s.

Pls advice if i'm making the right choices. Thanks!
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