We have come to the end in this article series, seeing if we could pimp this Dell Latitude D620 into a usable and perhaps into a great choice for business (and other) users today.
In the first part we increased the amount of RAM from 2 GB into 4GB. This resulted in a overall performance gain, but not a large enough performance boost to give me the “wow-factor”. I did however advice to do this upgrade – since DDR2 RAM today is cheap and will in the near future be increasing in price because of the factories producing DDR3 RAM instead.
The second part covered the harddrive upgrade. This was perhaps suspected to give the largest gain in performance, and it did! The overall performance of the computer went “through the roof” – the computer booted fast, the feel of the desktop and the applications was so much smoother, and the computer as a bonus is now more quiet and cool.
Next up was the network. The WLAN card was upgraded from a Intel ABG network card into a Buffalo N standard USB network card. The performance had an incrase, and if you are planning on running the computer on a N-network, upgrading to a N-network card is worth it. The USB-card was very cheap (and i think the internal cards is cheap as well), so this is a cheap and easy upgrade!
Now it is time for the finishing touch – installing an fresh operating system! The choice on new Latitudes is Windows 7 Pro – and I puchased a similar operating system for the D620. I went all in and installed the 64.bit version.
The installation went 100% smoothly. The operating system recognized all the hardware, and the only thing for me to do was activating the copy of Windows and download/install all updates. I will not lie – Windows 7 and Intel SSD is a match made in heaven! The boot was really really fast, and the operating system itself feels snappy! I installed a few “everyday” applications with the use of Ninite.com – the choice of every application-testing-blog ! I also puchased a copy of the Futuremarks benchmark software PCMark Vantage – to be able to benchmark the D620 and to do a comparament to new business laptops.
Now for some benchmarking
First off I ran the Windows 7 performance indexer :
Afterwards I made a performance test with PCMark Vantage :
Total PCMarks : 3701 points (for the complete test report, please download this txt-file)
I did a google search around the net for other Latitudes being tested with PCMark Vantage and found these tests :
As a curiosity I depimped the machine again after the benchmarking and testing were over. Only having Windows 7 installed (to be able to run PCMark Vantage. These are the results :
And the PCMark Vantage clocked into : 3370 points. Not to bad actually, but the gain in performance from the SSD made this experiment worth it
You can boost the performance of your old laptop considerably by upgrading RAM, Harddrive, Network and Operating System! When it comes to a classic like a D620 with its premium built quality and timeless design (in my oppinion), I would have no problems recommending an upgrade like this. If this had been a 2-3 years old budget PC with a plastic-fantastic build and a bad screen – then I would recommend buying a new computer. To bad the manufactors makes it almost impossible upgrading the graphicks, but this is because of the integrated nature of the gfx-chip i guess.
This computes has officially been pimped!