Laptop Shootout 002 - Ivy Bridge Workstations

Hey everyone, I made a video about this, but if you just want to look at the data, here you go! If you want to get the excel datasheet, click here!
Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Default CPU & GPU
i7-3610QM(2.30GHz) 6MB Cachei7-3720QM(2.60GHz) 6MB Cachei7-3820QM(2.70GHz) 8MB Cachei7-3920XM (2.90GHz) 8MB CachenVidia Quadro K1000 w/ 2GB RAMnVidia Quadro K2000 w/ 2GB RAMGPU is soldiered to motherboard

HP EliteBook 8770W & Dell Precision M6700 Default CPU & GPU i5, i7 & i7 ExtremeAMD FirePro M6000 Mobility Pro with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory NVIDIA Quadro K3000M with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory NVIDIA Quadro K4000M with 4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory NVIDIA Quadro K5000M with 4GB GDDR5 dedicated memoryMXM GPUs, M6700 has better GPU sourcing compatabilityMBP & rMBP Default CPU & GPU
2.3GHz i7-3615QM w/ 6MB Cache2.6GHz i7-3720QM w/ 6MB Cache2.7GHz i7-3820QM w/ 8MB CachenVidia GeForce GT 650m w/ 1GB RAMCPU and GPU are soldered onto mobo


MacBook Pro 15" Retina 2012 - Detailed eBay Pricing Guide


So we are checking out the Retina model this time.
I don't want to re-review this machine later.
Arguably this is a 15" ultrabook, but Apple does market this as their top end workstations. In this particular case they started out the new at the time MacBook with dedicated graphics. They improved the model for next year, the 'early 2013' and then the 'late 2013' models came with only intel graphics or nVidia, which were called IG or DG respectively.

As per usual, stealing our information from, there are only 3 moA1dels released for the 15" "retina 2012". not to be confused with the other model, which sports a DVD drive, this model is noticeably thinner and sports the beautiful 2880 x 1800 display. It's lame that for some reason, Apple is the only company who gets to use 16:10 displays on their laptops.

Model Identifiers:

MC975LL/CMC975LL/CMD831LL/CA1398 - Every 15" rMBP from 2012 to Mid 2015 Pr…

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 non-retina - Detailed eBay pricing guide

Time to review the MacBook Pro Mid 2012 (Unibody) and see how much this thing goes for... I'm doing this on an empty stomach, Chipotle doesn't open til 10:30 and its 10AM. :O

As per usual we steal learn all we need from! These Macs can be configured by CPU, RAM, HDD/SSD, and has 3 display options. All units have the same  GPU, and this is the last MacBook Pro that was the unibody, it was sold side by side to the Retina MBP.
This unit, among others was notorious for GPU issues... some sellers have gotten their mac fixed by Apple and comes with a new GPU. This is a free service, but I think the swiss time is running out!

Me personally I would try to buy one of these locally for $400 so I could flip. If I was looking for someone, I'd try to get one in great condition at $600 and upgrade from there... good thing these are i7 and dGPU only. Additionally this is the last mac w/ a DVD drive, however consider the 13" model if you really need to burn DVDs or CDs d…

Dell Precision M6700 17" Workstation - Detailed eBay Pricing Guide

The Dell Precision M6700. I personally think this thing looks boring, not a big fan of the keyboard...
However the best about this machine is that the M6700 benefits from having a lot of compatibility with using Alienware GPUs!
Some of these are painted orange, I think this is the Covet edition.
Not much to say, I'm going for my third post, so lets go!!!

M6700 - $230 - 450 // 890 ~ 110 v 140
M6700 - $420 - 700 // 950 ~ 52 - 117 - Old pricing

7 Risky - $170 - 270 // 335
70 HDD - $225 - 500 // 750
23 SSD - $420 - 615 // 895
35 S-Furb - $350 - 465 // 690
42 M-Furb - $440 - 700 // 940 or 1300 (K5000M 1080p 32GB SSD, literally the bamf)
New/Other - None
New           - None

No 'new' units. Surprisingly there aren't seller refurbs that are masking themselves as manufacturer refurbished.

7 i5 - $240 - 330 - 380
55 i7 QM - $350 - 470 // 800
15 i7 XM - $520 - 600 // 920 or 1300 (lol)
38 16GB - $290 - 570 - 760
14 32GB - $460 - 800 // 1300
3 K5000M - $750 - 930

A few XM machines,…

HP EliteBook 8770W Detailed eBay Pricing Guide

I've yet to come across an HP 8770W, it is a massive machine, however I did get a 8760W for a bit and man that thing was awesome! Really like the build quality. I paid $260 for it from Arrow Direct for a 'B-Grade" unit, which had one ding on the lid. Added 500GB HDD, 16GB RAM, sold it for $600. :)

This model has i5 and i7 dual core processors, and i7 quadcore, which has 4 RAM slots, the other do not! If you're getting one this big, then make sure you get a quadcore model, otherwise a mobo swap might be too tedious. Also not sure if the dual core i5 or i7 chips support anything more than 16GB if you do decide to swap.

Bonus points for D R E A M C O L O R D I S P L A Y S
But the base 1080p screen is gud too.
additionally, these use MXM GPUs, so unlike the ThinkPad W530 and Macbook, you aren't fucked if the GPU dies. you can use other GPUs but the M6700 beats it from being able to source more cards.

HP 8770W - $240 - 420 // 920 ~ 82 v 88
8770w  - $360 - 600 / 820 ~ 88…

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Detailed eBay Pricing Guide

Ah the Lenovo ThinkPad W530, the 15" ThinkPad that some people hate because of the chicklet keyboard, you are able to install the old keyboard using a mod...

This is probably the last 'good' W-Series ThinkPad, this was before the haslel touchpad.

Lets check out the specs of this machine.
Lenovo for some odd reason includes the T530/i in it too, so some of those low specs are probably not available on the W530.
Dual core i5 and i7 models have only two RAM slots, quadcore i7 have 4 RAM slots in the motherboard. This only works if the unit was originally set like this from the factory, that 4 slot mobo is expensive.

Hard Drive Options:
320GB, 5400 rpm500GB, 5400 rpm1TB,      5400 rpm320GB, 7200 rpm500GB, 7200 rpmSolid State Options:
16GB mSATA32GB mSATA128GB 7mm SSD180GB 7mm SSD240GB 7mm SSD256GB 7mm SSD Some of those might be from the T530, but I do know you may get a 5400RPM unit.
mSATA was still in its infacy, I think it was introduced from the T510, these 32GB units are probabl…

HP Elitebook 840 G2 Detailed Pricing

We HP Elitebook nao.

well it looks like HP can show the specs on this machine
Find the dossier here!

Lets see, there are 5 processors that can be selected on here.

2.1GHz i3-5010U 3MB Cache2.2GHz i5-5200U 3MB Cache2.3GHz i5-5300U 3MB Cache2.4GHz i7-5500U 4MB Cache2.6GHz i7-5600U 4MB Cache So one i3, two i5 and two i7, all dual cores and Ultrabook processors, so they are soldiered on and not socketed!
For Graphics we only have two options Intel HD 5500 - Passmark score 577AMD Radeon R7 M260x w/ 1GB DDR5 - Passmark Score 1105  Unlike Dell and Lenovo, HP offers AMD graphics instead of nVidia, good for those who want OpenCL instead of CUDA technology.
For the screens, there are basically three matte options and one glass touchscreen. Webcam optional on the matte panels. And all are 14.0" too, not so sure about bezels/mounts are interchangeable ... *googles it* couldn't find any info within 10 minutes. best of luck guys
also my T420s seems to have a sticky shift key and doesn'…