Wanted to share these specifications as there will be some future entries proofed on this configuration:
Laptop: ASUS N53 Series N53SV-XV1 Intel Core i7 2630QM
- Win7-64 Professional, SP1 (Host Operating System)
- Crucial M4 256GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 4 x G.SKILL 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (16GB total)
- VMWARE: v8
- Guest OS: RHEL 5.5.x (RedHat Enterprise v5.5x)
This laptop is easily 2x faster than my previous ASUS i7 620M(2.66GHz). Key differences are 4 vs 2 core i7 and the new Crucial SSD. The new SSD reads at 415MB/s (average… peaks at 500BM/s) and writes at 260MB/s. This means that, for instance, I installed a local copy of Websphere 7 in less than 2 minutes! I didn’t time profile creation but it took much less than than anticipated. Installation and profile creation were so fast that had I though they exited early with an exception.
VM RHEL is also easly 2x faster on this laptop. Instance start/stop/pause executes much more quickly. The next key test is to see how the batteries hold-out during air-travel.