Buying Xp Laptop-Core2duo better than Dual Core?

  buel 22:02 05 May 2009

Hi there, im looking to spend up to £450 on a new xp laptop and have got a question- is the core2duo processor really that much worse that the dual core?
Im looking at these: click here

  OTT_Buzzard 22:18 05 May 2009

You've got 3 types of processor there:

Pentium Dual Core
Core 2 Duo and
AMD Dual Core

Avoid the Pentium Dual Core processor if you want to be able to use the laptop.

  buel 22:26 05 May 2009

Really? Why, may i ask?

  OTT_Buzzard 22:35 05 May 2009

The Pentium dual core processors run very hot and are not power savvy.
They also tend to run at lower FSB frequencies giving overall less performance per GHz.

  OTT_Buzzard 22:45 05 May 2009

Out of the laptops listed on that page and a £450 budget i'd say your best options are:

HP6735S (the AMD Turion isn't a bad processor) or

Travelmate 5720 T5470 if you use RAM hungry apps or

Travelmate 5720 T5670 if you want processor speed instead of RAM. It also has a faster ethernet connection. Upgrading to 2GB or more RAM will be realtively cheap and easy to do if you decide to do so at a later date.

  buel 15:19 06 May 2009

Thanks for that ott buzzard, i didn't know that different pcs had different ethernet speeds? how is this please? Well i mainly use my current laptop for downloading wirelessly, having over 8 pages up at the same time, burning dvds, converting+editing the odd video and just general surfing! im guessing you'd suggest T5670 then? im happy to add more Ram!

  woodchip 15:32 06 May 2009

it depends on modem chip plus cpu and ram, all these can make a difference on ethernet

  OTT_Buzzard 16:31 06 May 2009

Sounds like you're a true multi-tasker!

T5670 and upgrade to 2GB for better performance or 4GB RAM for optimal performance.

  OTT_Buzzard 16:49 06 May 2009

I've just had another look at the advert for the T5670; it looks like they've got it wrong.

On the top line it advertises it as a 1.66GHz processor and lower down it says t is a 1.6GHz processor. Neither of these are correct!

The T5670 is actually 1.8GHz. Before you order (if you go for it) you might want to talk to them just to clarify what is actually in the laptop.

  Woolwell 17:02 06 May 2009

OTT-Buzzard is correct the T5670 is 1.8 Ghz.

You can get an Acer 5720 with 2Gb RAM from AcerDirect click here for less than the ebuyer link.

  buel 17:54 17 May 2009

Hi again, i am thinking of buying the T5670 but i notice that my gf's old Medion is just a 1.46ghz Intel Celeron M processor and is fairly slow, i am a bit naieve but surely the T5670's 18ghz isn't that much quicker is it?
It's just that some of the laptops in a Pc Advisor iv got and the sub-£650 laptops (admittedly Vista only, which is no good to me) are using 2ghz and over. Is the ghz really all the be all and end all?

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