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Old 11-21-2019, 11:44 AM   #16
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Thank you beachboy2!
 
Old 11-25-2019, 11:51 AM   #17
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Okay! I need your help one more time, as I'm having trouble searching and understanding what I'm reading. here are the two laptops which I am looking to buy.

Thinkpad T470P - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Thin...-/163953335186

Thinkpad T480s - https://www.ebay.com/itm/OPEN-BOX-Le...zL5sE#viTabs_0

the 470P has a 7th gen i7, but it has quad cores. The 480s has 8th gen, but is slim, which I don't care about.

The 470P also has a NVIDIA 940MX GPU.

Trying to decide on these two ASAP. Thank you for your help.

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Old 11-25-2019, 12:04 PM   #18
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I'd go T480s.

8th gen = quad core, but 15-watt instead of the 45-watt of the H series part on the T470P.

If you're not wanting to play games, then Intel > Nvidia in terms of the graphics. Nvidia open source drivers are...ok...most of the time. You'll probably ned to run the proprietary drivers to get proper performance, and they're a hassle to bother with and have issues on occassion. Intel drivers are open source, so just work and are always included in the kernel, no need to build a module.

Battery life will be significantly better with a 15-watt cpu using IGP than a 45-watt CPU with discrete graphics.

The downsides are of course only having 8 GB ram, and the 512 GB SSD of the T470 will offer slightly better performance as there isn't sufficient parallelism on a modern 256 to keep up. But both can be upgraded (the 8 GB on the T480S are the soldered, there is 1 slot to upgrade).
 
Old 11-25-2019, 12:04 PM   #19
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The T470P seems to have more docks for upgrades, I could be wrong though. It says on the specs that it has an empty slot for an extra hard drive. It would be great if I could put a 1TB HDD in it.
 
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Thank you, Timothy! The i7-7820HQ is supposed to have quad cores.
 
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Yes, it does. I'm pointing out that the 7820HQ is a 45-watt cpu.
The 8th generation i7 in the T480S also is a quad-core, but a U series, so is only a 15-watt cpu. So same number of cores (the 7th gen will run at a higher frequency), but 1/3 the power draw for the 8th gen.
 
Old 11-25-2019, 12:26 PM   #22
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Ah, okay. So lower level frequency = better performance?
 
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No, higher frequency generally is better performance, but the 8th gens burst to higher levels than the 7th. The 7th will have higher base frequencies though. Overall, the 7th gen H series will be slightly better overall performance than the 8th gen U series, but the question comes down to is 5% performance worth giving up 1/2 the battery life? For me the answer will be no every time.
 
Old 11-25-2019, 12:30 PM   #24
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Okay. Thank you Timothy for your time and guidance. I will go with your advice, much appreciated!
 
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gurmi-goldsmith,

So that's now two Linux converts!

This link might help in your search for a suitable Linux distro:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ossible-38100/
I'm a newbie and this is only my second visit to the forum so I hope I'm not too far out of line. I wanted to post in this thread because it is substantially the same subject. [I don't think I'm allowed to post it anywhere else] I wanted to get feedback on the Dell XPS-13 Developer edition with Linux OS https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell...x13w11p1c4001u. I understand this is a very expensive machine based on what I'm reading here, but I'm in a time crunch --- need a machine immediately and need something to help me make the transition from windows. The sales agent I spoke to explained they have a tutorial type platform. Given my limitations, can you Linux pros weigh in. What are your thoughts? Thank you, thank you in advance. (I've even forgotten my handle --- I hope it shows up, if not I apologize. I'm learning)
 
Old 11-24-2022, 10:15 PM   #26
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An anside, you would probably do better to start a new thread with a subject relevant to your precise question rather than resurrect one that's almost three years old.
 
  


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