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Core Duo vs Pentium M?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by LoWRyDa, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. LoWRyDa

    LoWRyDa Homercles

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    Are these new Core Duo processors really that much better than a single core Pentium M? Is it worth the price increase?
     
  2. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? CLM Millennium Member

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    I sure think so, at least for most uses - I've got an older 1.6 pentium M laptop, and a new 1.6 core duo, and it's just insane how much faster the new one is. It also feels substantially faster than newer 2ghz+ Pentium M machines.

    I'd say that you'd do well to move to even the slower-speed Core Duo in most cases, over even the fastest Pentium M's.
     

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    Depends what you are doing with them.
     
  4. LoWRyDa

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    I'd be more interested in video editing, nothing major, just more like hobby type stuff(home movies, short clips made from the digital camera) and maybe gaming a bit but nothing serious. Would the lower speed core duo's handle that?
     
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    fwiw, you probably want core 2 duo, not core duo.

    edit: if it's a laptop, you'll probably be best off with the Merom chip over everything else.
     
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    How does the AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile processor compare to the Intel Core Duo's? Also, whats the difference between a Core Duo and a Core 2 Duo?
     
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    I can answer the second question.

    Intel came out with Core Duo, then the second version of the chip they released was called Core 2 Duo. Many people have commented on how stupid their naming scheme is, but they don't seem to care.
     
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    Did this just recently happen? I've been looking at a lot of the computer manufacturer web sites and none of them have the Core Duo 2 listed as an option.
     
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    nevermind just found out. The Core 2 Duo chip is a desktop chip. Thats why I'm not seeing it in the laptop options.
     
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    oh yeah, forgot about that. the equivalent for the laptop is called Merom or something weird. I don't think they're in production yet.
     
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    There are very few applications that utelize dual core technology.
    So in essence having a dual core processor isnt really an advantage unless you are doing heavy duty stuff.
     
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    true, but operating systems are multi-threaded. so when running multiple non-threaded computationally intensive applications, there is a noticable increase in speed.