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ThinkPad X230

This page gives an overview of the ThinkPad X230.


  • One of the following Ivy Bridge processors (third generation Intel Core series):
    • Intel Core i7-3520M (2.90 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
    • Intel Core i5-3360M (2.80 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
    • Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)

(different options available depending on the country you order from)

  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 or 4000
  • Up to 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory at 1600MHz. RAM modules up to 2133MHz (PC3-17000) demonstrated to operate at full speed with stock BIOS.
  • One of the following TFT displays:
    • 12.5" TN TFT display with 1366x768 resolution with LED backlight
    • 12.5" extra bright wide-viewing IPS TFT display with 1366x768 resolution with LED backlight
  • 2.5" × 7mm hard drive bay with one of the following hard drives:
    • 500GB (5400rpm) SATA
    • 320GB/500GB (7200rpm) SATA
    • 128GB SSD SATA3
    • Intel® 180GB SSD SATA3
  • MiniPCI Express slot 1 with zero or one of the following:
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    • ThinkPad b/g/n Wireless (1×1 BGN)
    • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2×2 BGN)
    • Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] [8086:0085] (rev 34) (2×2 AGN)
  • 720p HD Integrated camera (04f2:b2eb Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd) or 3x3 Antenna Grid
  • Stereo digital microphones
  • Stereo speakers
  • Combined headphone and microphone jack
  • Size: 12.0in x 8.1in x 0.75-1.05in (305mm x 207mm x 19-27mm)
  • Weight: 2.98 lb (1.35 kg) with 6-cell battery

ThinkPad X230


  • It's possible to use a mSATA SSD within the second MiniPCI Express slot:
    • The device will show up at /dev/sdb and can be booted from
    • Keep in mind the Hardware maintenance manual includes this warning: "If the computer is equipped with both a hard disk drive and an mSATA solid-state drive, do not use the mSATA solid-state drive as a bootable device. The mSATA solid-state drive is used for the “cache” function only."