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Lenovo Q150, OCZ vertex 2, 4Gb of Memory and Ubuntu 11.04


This time I wanted to speed up the the Q150.
I love the Q150, since I got it the disk access seems slow and I wanted to add a bit more memory for disk cache and desktop speed up.

So I got a 60Gb OCZ Vertex 2 for 129$ and corsair 4Gb DDRII 800Mhz for 99$, pics below.

So here are some basic stats with the new hardware.

30s Boot (11s for bios and grub 19s for ubuntu)
5s suspend sleep
5s suspend wake
4s shutdown

Disk speed for OCZ vertex 2
$ sudo hdparm -T -t /dev/sda1
/dev/sda1:
Timing cached reads: 1656 MB in 2.00 seconds = 827.89 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 582 MB in 3.00 seconds = 193.75 MB/sec
Everything is snappier:
  • Firefox loads in 2s
  • Chromium in 1s
  • LibreOffice Calc in 6s.
  • Hulu desktop loads and plays video in 10s.
The machine is still using a Atom CPU, so no miracles can be expected. With almost no noise and 24W power consumption this machine is very useful. It can also attach to the back of any monitor or TV and provides a great web computer to play mpeg videos at full speed and browse websites.

Q150 with SSD and 4Gb DDR mem





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