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E6520 Owner's Thread

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by pbdavey, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. pbdavey

    pbdavey Notebook Consultant

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    Just ordered up an e6520. I'll post pics when I get it. Any others out there want to post pics and personal reviews? I'm upgrading from a Thinkpad T60, hoping I don't find too much fault with Dell's "Trackpoint" and keyboard.
     
  2. zaxos

    zaxos Notebook Enthusiast

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    E6520 owners, please post some pictures to see live pictures of the laptop and the cooling system! :)
     
  3. RetSurfer

    RetSurfer Notebook Enthusiast

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    Will the USB 3.0 module I ordered with my 6520 work like Native 3.0?
     
  4. 5150cd

    5150cd Notebook Evangelist

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    I plan on ordering a E6520 today with the following specs:

    i7-2620M
    Win 7 Pro x64
    3 Year ProSupport w/ Acc. Damage Prot
    2.0GB RAM (8GB to be installed after arriving)
    250GB 7200rpm Hard Drive (to be replaced with Vertex 2 240GB)
    9-Cell Battery
    DVD+-RW
    Intel 6300 WiFi
    Webcam
    Bluetooth
    FHD Display
    Backlit Keyboard
    NVS 4200M

    Haven't gotten my quote back, but configured it was $1870. This will also be my first 15" laptop with a FHD display. My eyes are pretty good, hopefully they're this good.

    edit: Quoted around $1585
     
  5. zaxos

    zaxos Notebook Enthusiast

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    Very well chosen specs! Especially after the installation of 8GB RAM and ssd. If I were you, I'd choose the quad core cpu i7-2720QM since the price is close to i7-2620M.
     
  6. 5150cd

    5150cd Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't see myself using quad core much, and I'm assuming it will push more heat/less battery life.
     
  7. zaxos

    zaxos Notebook Enthusiast

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    I also had the dilemma between 2720QM and 2620M but i chose the quad core. I won't change this laptop anytime soon so I think that quad core will last more in time. In 2-3 years it will still be powerful enough and more adequate than the dual core.
     
  8. 5150cd

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    Fortunately I have the luxury of pushing down older laptops to other employees, so I have little buyer's remorse. :)
     
  9. vtecvaio

    vtecvaio Notebook Enthusiast

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    I ordered mine on the 30th of March and should receive by the 14th of April. I opted for the i5-2410 2.3GHz dual core because I don't need a very powerful CPU for the work I do. In 2-4 years I could upgrade it to a more powerful quad core cpu if needed. Will post pics of the system once I receive it. Also plan on installing intel 510 series 120GB SSD drive.
     
  10. Bokeh

    Bokeh Notebook Deity

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    I know this is a double post - but this thread will likely be around a lot longer than the other one.

    On Temps:

    Look at the screenshots in the review. That is 99c with Furmark AND Prime95 placing synthetic loads on both the CPU and GPU at the same time. This is a worst case scenario and can ONLY be produced through synthetic loading of the machine.

    In "normal" use which includes games that heavily load both the CPU and GPU you will not see temps this high. You have to take Furmark with a grain of salt.

    Putting the E6420 and E6520 (that both have the Quadro 4200M and both have the 2720QM processor) under the same load does show the tradeoffs between the 14" and 15" chassis. The E6420 heats up and cools down more quickly than the E6520. This is mainly due to the extra mass in the cooling system E6520. The fans are the same, but there are physically longer heat pipes in the E6520. The E6520 also has a larger area of magnesium in the base. Each machine will get into the 80s if you put a heavy processing load on them for an extended amount of time. The E6420 is more "spiky" with temps while the E6520 is smoother with temps but bulkier.

    They might be closer to each other with dual core processors since they produce 10 fewer watts of heat. I know they will be closer without the 17 watts of the Quadro. Still, this much processing power in a 14" chassis is nice. Even with the Quadro and Quad core the temps are lower than what I was seeing in the previous Latitude generations.
     
  11. RebelXT

    RebelXT Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here is my updated mini-review of E6520 after 5 days of use.

    Configuration: i7-2620M (dual core), 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, 1920x1080, 9-cell battery. This is a new laptop for software development.

    Pros:

    * screen is OUTSTANDING. same quality as new macbook pros but higher resolution
    * good battery life with 9-cell (5 hours of work). planning to add a bay 3-cell battery
    * CPU is fast, especially when turbo kicks in

    Cons:

    * large and heavy. 9-cell battery makes things worse ;-)
    * higher power consumption under Ubuntu compared to Win7 (can't turn off NVidia GPU)

    I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1, and it works well. Sound, wireless, bluetooth, suspend/resume, screen brightness adjustment, CPU scaling, multi monitor, docking/undocking - everything works!

    Overall, E6520 is almost twice as heavy as my other laptop, Asus UL30VT. However, screen resolution/quality is many times better than Asus'.. Taking everything into account, e6520 is a keeper (mainly due to great screen which is perfect for software development).
     
  12. RetSurfer

    RetSurfer Notebook Enthusiast

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    After you received your 6520 did you go to dell drivers download and download all the drivers that they have listed????
    Thanks
    Mark
     
  13. RebelXT

    RebelXT Notebook Enthusiast

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    Not sure if you are asking me. I wiped out Windows7 minutes after getting the laptop.. Dell does not have any Ubuntu specific drivers for E6520. Windows users should definitely check if they have the latest drivers installed.
     
  14. RetSurfer

    RetSurfer Notebook Enthusiast

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    OK...
    Receive new E6520
    Go to Dell drivers download after it checks your Service Tag.
    Maybe 20 drivers listed as downloads.
    Do I download all of them???
     
  15. GKDesigns

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    I suggest you just use it for a few hours/days before tweaking it... makes it easier to know what Dell screwed up vs. what you might mess up.

    You generally do not need to download everything Dell lists. Review your Device Manager to identify the primary devices for which Dell provides drivers. Become familiar with them. Decide which drivers you need and get just them and install them in a regular order similar to what is listed in my notes. If you are re-imaging, you may choose to leave some things uninstalled, and not install some utility apps that you may never use or do not want running... for example, a modem diagnostic app or Intel's IRST app if you are not running in IRRT mode (what are the BIOS SATA modes on that machine?).

    GK
     
  16. RetSurfer

    RetSurfer Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank You!!!
     
  17. RetSurfer

    RetSurfer Notebook Enthusiast

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    Disabled
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    ACHI
    RAID ON = DEFAULT
     
  18. GKDesigns

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    Thanks! Since RAID is not IRRT, I suppose the system supports some basic RAID... more than just IRRT.

    GK
     
  19. pbdavey

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    So I finally got mine in today and first I'll post some pictures.
     

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  20. pbdavey

    pbdavey Notebook Consultant

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    Some more. For reference, that's a 14.1" T60
     

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