Laptop: Better to have 32gb SSDR mSATA?

Started Dec 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 15,438
Laptop: Better to have 32gb SSDR mSATA?

I am looking at getting a 17.3" laptop to replace my 3 year old Win7-64 17.3" laptop.  I use it to run LR 4.2 and internet.  The specs of my old one are ( CPU benchmark score in parentheses):

i3-330m, 2.13ghz, 2 cores with HT (1841); 8gb ram; 500gb hd; USB 2.0

I am looking at several Dell laptops that have the following specs and different prices:

17R: i7-3612qm, 2.10ghz, 4 cores with HT (6911); 8gb ram; 1tb hd; USB 3.0

17R: i7-3610qm, 2.30ghz, 4 cores with HT (7522); 8gb ram; 1tb hd; USB 3.0

17R: i7-3630qm, 2.40ghz, 4 cores with HT (7620); 8gb ram; 1tb hd; USB 3.0

I am mostly looking for something to get better performance with LR 4.2 since otherwise my current computer is fine.  I also want the USB 3.0 ports since I keep my 54k image files in the LR db on a portable external hd so the current USB 2.0 is a bit slow.

My main question is whether the Dell 32gb SSDR mSATA option which sort of acts like a cache for the 1tb hd works well and gives much better performance or whether it might be better to just get the 1tb hd and then add an SSD (maybe just 64gb) to put my LR catalog and previews on?  I am assuming that there is an available drive bay in these Dell laptops (my old 17.3" Gateway laptop has an unused drive bay).  Of course, then it wouldn't be an automatic cache.  Maybe one would give me better performance than the other?  What are your thoughts?  Thank you!

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