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post #21 of 23
The CPU and platform might be 3 gens old, but there is no serious replacement for it yet, at least not in 14" form factor machines. Everything since then has tended toward 15W ULV garbage that has no compute power, only the direct successor T430 (albeit with a crap keyboard) and 15.6"+ devices have received 35W CPUs since then, usually enormous gaming monsters or badly designed thermal throttling machines (Macbook Pros for instance), some of those being BGA soldered and non-upgradable too.

IMHO the x20 gen was the last good Thinkpad series, I've had multiple T420's and I'll be buying more T and X series machines soon, now the price has come down to ~200 euros here. You can really improve them on a budget with used parts and they can reach really crazy performance (the 2670qm is similar to my 2500K when at stock).

Light gaming is possible with the HD3000 too, I played some Euro Truck Simulator 2 today on it at low on native res, Minecraft works fine with lowered view distance or optifine, and lots of stuff runs at 720p in a pinch (Lan party etc.). Also the expresscard slot or mpcie (with bios no-whitelist mod) can support an eGPU, this and the x220 are some of the most popular machines for that mod.
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post #22 of 23
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Of course it's a great CPU. I have a bunch of older games like AOE2, and it can run a lot of the less demanding indie games. Probably even SC2 on all low settings. And I will be putting all my GOG games on it. But without a dedicated GPU I won't be doing too much more with that system. There is little real reason besides "just because I can" to put an mSata drive in there.
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Exactly that, and the mess of juggling 3 Drives has kept me from doing it. "because I can" can get expensive for a cheapskate student like me graduated.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
R7 1700 @3.8 ASUS Prime B350M-A XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz CL15 @... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 500 Crucial MX300 525GB Antec Kuhler 620 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung U28E590D AOC I2269Vw VicTsing I-500 Mechanical (Blue) Corsair TX850v2 
CaseMouseAudio
Silverstone Raven RV-03 Custom DIY JVC 2.0 Full Range HiFi through McCrypt DJ-20 m... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3630QM Thinkpad T420 QM67 pga988 HD4000 nVidia GTS450 eGPU  
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Mushkin D3S 1066 CL7 8GB Mushkin D3S 1066 CL7 8GB Kingston 128GB mPCIe SSD OCZ Vertex 4 120GB 
Hard DriveOSOSMonitor
Sandisk Ultra II 480GB Arch x86_64 Windows Server 2012R2 14" 1600x900 Matte 
PowerCaseOtherOther
90W Lenovo T420 AzureWave AW-NB037B EXP GDC Beast v8.0 ExpressCard 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2670qm Thinkpad T420 QM67 pga988 HD3000 Corsair ValueSelect DDR3-1333 8G 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston ValueRam DDR3L-1600 8G Lenovo OEM (WD Black) 320GB Seagate 500GB Seagate Desktop ST2000DM001 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 1TB Proxmox 4.1 14" 1600x900 Matte 90W Lenovo 
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T420 Fantec QB-35US3-6G DeLock eSata Expresscard 
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Zen Master
(15 items)
 
Thinkpad T420
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T420 Server
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
R7 1700 @3.8 ASUS Prime B350M-A XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz CL15 @... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 500 Crucial MX300 525GB Antec Kuhler 620 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung U28E590D AOC I2269Vw VicTsing I-500 Mechanical (Blue) Corsair TX850v2 
CaseMouseAudio
Silverstone Raven RV-03 Custom DIY JVC 2.0 Full Range HiFi through McCrypt DJ-20 m... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3630QM Thinkpad T420 QM67 pga988 HD4000 nVidia GTS450 eGPU  
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Mushkin D3S 1066 CL7 8GB Mushkin D3S 1066 CL7 8GB Kingston 128GB mPCIe SSD OCZ Vertex 4 120GB 
Hard DriveOSOSMonitor
Sandisk Ultra II 480GB Arch x86_64 Windows Server 2012R2 14" 1600x900 Matte 
PowerCaseOtherOther
90W Lenovo T420 AzureWave AW-NB037B EXP GDC Beast v8.0 ExpressCard 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2670qm Thinkpad T420 QM67 pga988 HD3000 Corsair ValueSelect DDR3-1333 8G 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston ValueRam DDR3L-1600 8G Lenovo OEM (WD Black) 320GB Seagate 500GB Seagate Desktop ST2000DM001 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 1TB Proxmox 4.1 14" 1600x900 Matte 90W Lenovo 
CaseOtherOther
T420 Fantec QB-35US3-6G DeLock eSata Expresscard 
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