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video card for T500

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by dukesucks, Jul 25, 2009.

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  1. dukesucks

    dukesucks Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am looking to buy a T500 before StarCraft2 comes out. Right now the T500 has a Radeon 3650 in it. From what I have read that is the same card they had in it in 2008. How often do they upgrade the graphics cards in lenovos? I would hate to buy a machine this month and find out they upgrade the video card after they sell all there back to school computers.

    Additionally I am aware that the Radeon 3650 will in all probability play SC2. Also I have a working R61 so I don't need a new computer and can wait to buy one until SC2 comes out.
     
  2. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Doubt the T500 will ever have a better video card. Your best bet is if you don't need it now and get the T510 in 2010.
     
  3. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    The rule behind puchasing computers is, if you need it now, buy it now. If not, there will always be cheaper/better computers down the road.

    I am 95% sure that Lenovo will not change the graphics card on the T500 before the release of the T510 early in 2010.
     
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    dukesucks Notebook Enthusiast

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    Do you think the T510 will have a better graphics card?
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Yes, it will.
     
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    Yes, it will, but don't expect it to have a top-tier graphics card or anything - it will be better than the Radeon 3650, but comparatively to other GPUs of the same generation at the time, it will be roughly the same.
     
  7. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Most likely the HD 4650.
     
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    This is good advice, don't buy it now if you don't need it right now. I know how you feel though, but the upgrade is probably still a long time away like midnight is suggesting.
     
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    Will the T410 have a better graphics card as well? I am really considered waiting to get a laptop if so.... and how early in 2010 are the new Tseries expected?
     
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    Same response as to the T510, really:

    They will have updated GPUs, which will obviously be better, but don't expect it to be leaps and bounds better.

    As seen in the leaked Lenovo roadmap, the laptops will be out January of 2010, but due to supply, I wouldn't count on getting one until at least February.
     

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