As desktop and laptop computers become more and more powerful, individuals and companies are using them for longer periods of time. While most users are no longer bound by the frequent upgrade cycles of the past, performance still matters, and even small speed boosts can lead to large time savings. Here are three simple upgrades to boost the performance of your Lenovo machines.
Solid-State Disk Drives
The basic components of computers have changed little over the years, but solid-state drives (SSDs) have changed business computing more than any new component since CD-ROMs. While performance boosts vary depending on the components and other parts, those who upgrade can expect to improve their boot times significantly. Programs load much faster on SSDs, and transferring large files is much faster as well. Upgrading to an SSD will also improve your laptop’s battery life, as their lack of moving parts means they require less energy. SSD technology also has the potential to provide far better reliability, as they have fewer parts that can break. The main disadvantage of SSDs is their price, which is still above that of standard hard drives per gigabyte. Another option to consider is using a SSD for your operating system and programs you run frequently while saving files you use less frequently on a standard hard drive.
Processor or RAM Upgrades
The two classic targets for computer upgrades are still relevant today, and users looking for a boost in performance should consider upgrading their processor and RAM. Deciding which to prioritize, however, requires finding the bottleneck on your computer. Users who frequently run multiple programs simultaneously or who access especially large files often will find a RAM upgrade leading to significantly improved performance. For other tasks, a processor upgrade can be the better investment. Modern operating systems utilize unused RAM to preload programs and files users access frequently, so any upgrade will improve performance. Similarly, more processing power will lead to better performance on nearly all tasks, and these small gains add up. It’s important to make sure the RAM and processor you purchase is compatible, so check your model number to make sure your Lenovo parts work correctly.
Video Card Update
When most people think of discrete video cards, they think about gaming performance. However, video cards can improve performance for a wide range of tasks. Most computers use integrated graphics chips, and these chips often require that the computer’s main processor handle certain tasks. Installing discrete video cards offloads nearly all of these tasks. Furthermore, more and more employees need to access video on a regular basis, and a discrete card improve video playback as well. For those who provide demonstrations, using a discrete card can improve graphics rendering. Another advantage of a discrete card is to enable support for multiple monitors, which can lead to better productivity.
While individuals and companies upgrade their computers less frequently than in the past, there are still significant performance gains to find by upgrading the right parts. Make sure your computers are functioning as quickly and as efficiently as possible by taking an inventory of potential upgrades and finding out if the cost is worth the performance boost.