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4530s 2.3 or 2.5 GHz (LH306EA or B0X69EAR)?

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Hello everyone. I am new and don't have any experiences with creating OS X system.

In 10 hours I have to decide which 4530s should I get. Can you please help me with decision which one would work OK (or better than the other)?



Option 1: LH306EA

Wireless: Atheros 9285
Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M (2,3 GHz, 3 MB L3)
Graphic card: AMD Radeon HD 6490M 1 GB
Memory: 4 GB DDR3, 1333 MHz
Hard Drive: 640 GB SATA, 5400
Display: 15,6" - 40 cm HD LED (1366 x 768) anti-glare
Optical drive: DVD+/-RW SM
Bluetooth 3.0
Camera
Card reader
ExpressCard/34
TV out: HDMI
4x USB 2.0
1x VGA
1x RJ-45


Option 2: B0X69EAR

Wireless: Atheros AR5B195 (???)
Processor: Intel Core-i5-2450M (2.5GHz)
Graphic card: ATI Radeon HD7470 (512 MB or 1 GB?)
Memory: 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3
Hard Drive: 750 GB SATA, 5400
Display: 15,6" - 40 cm HD LED (1366 x 768) anti-glare
Optical drive: DVD RW
Bluetooth
Camera
Card reader
ExpressCard/34
TV out: HDMI
4x USB 2.0
1x VGA
1x RJ-45


Option 1 is very little used (no warranty anymore) and Option 2 is renewed (or even new) with official 1 year HP warranty (possible to get HP Care Pack).





I read in this thread (http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook-4530s/78905-guide-installing-snow-leopard-hp-probook.html) "The built in card is Atheros AR5B195. Reading a comment on the Lion FAQ I understood this is just a different name for the AR9285 card."

Is this really so?
 
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Really subtle differences between those two. It comes down to your personal choice.

AR9285 and AR5B195 are the same card. The second option comes with 8GB of memory. It will give little more advantage over single 4GB memory board.

If you don't plan upgrading to 1080p screen you might also consider 4540S. Nice improvements over 4530S.
 
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Thank you for info!


AR9285 and AR5B195 are the same card.

Great. So (according to guidelines) Wi-Fi with both options should work without any problems I guess?





The second option comes with 8GB of memory. It will give little more advantage over single 4GB memory board.

Yes, but on the long run I was thinking of upgrading to 16 GB actually.





If you don't plan upgrading to 1080p screen you might also consider 4540S. Nice improvements over 4530S.

Getting 4540s would be much easier for me since 4530s is almost not available in Eu. But I thought ONLY 4530s is supported for OS X (this is what guidelines says)?! This is why I was searching for this one. Any further information please?
 
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4540S is in the main HP Probook Forum
http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/55473-hp-probook-4540s.html


DSDT patching
http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/87105-4540s-dsdt-patches-comments-questions-please.html


Also new installer 6.1 will be released with 4540S support.
http://www.tonymacx86.com/hp-probook/87816-hp-probook-installer-6-1-beta-ivy-bridge-support.html

4540S
- comes with new chipset HM76 and two CPU flavors Sandy or Ivy Bridge
- fan works at lowers speeds and makes less noise
- no more whitelist (any OS X supported WiFi card works)
- can use lid to put laptop to sleep and awake
That's just to name a few. Hope for 1080p support if we can get hands on 4740S LVDS cable and test for compability.
 
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