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Choosing an old Thinkpad Business Notebook

T60(p) vs T61(p) vs T400 vs T500

Which one has best graphics & displays ?

the p provides ATI or Nvidia graphics and possibly different resolutions and display sizes

avoid the Intel 945 chipset limitation as the addressable memory will be 4GB - I/O space ~= 3.2GB. The Intel 965 chipset limitation is less harmful with max addressable memory is 4GB.

the T400 possibly has Radeon 3470,

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Switchable Graphics with Intel GMA 4500MHD and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 (256 MB)

while T500 possibly has Radeon 3650 and larger display (15,4"),

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Switchable Graphics with Intel GMA 4500MHD and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 (256 MB)
*** WXGA available with LED backlight in some regions ***

the T61p has,

NVIDIA BUG -- nVidia Quadro FX 570M (128 MB) (Only in 14.1")
NVIDIA BUG -- nVidia Quadro FX 570M (256 MB) (Only in 15.4")

the T60p has,

ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 (256 MB) graphics adapter
ATI Mobility FireGL V5250 (256 MB) graphics adapter

==> small win for T500 over T400 with its Radeon 3650

Which one has best memory upgrade capabilities?

T400 and T500 both have,

2 or 4GB [PC3-8500](http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/PC3-8500) memory standard, upgradable to 8GB

T61 has,

512MB, 1GB, 2GB or 4GB [PC2-5300](http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/PC2-5300) memory standard, upgradable to 8GB

T61p has,

1 or 2 GB PC2-5300 memory standard upgradable to 4 GB (8G is not officially supported but works)

T60 has,

512 MB or 1 GB PC2-5300 memory standard upgradable to 4 GB

T60p has,

1GB PC2-5300 or 2GB PC2-4200/PC2-5300 memory standard

==> win for T400/500 and T61(p)

Which one has best possible CPU?

==> I’m happy with any Core 2 Duo (some T60 models, T61, T400, T500)

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