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Old 05-23-2006, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dual or Single Core Notebook?

Im going to buy a notebook.

Well anyway, im getting this for portability and long battery life. I dont really care about power.

Would having a dual core cpu significantly reduce battery life, or should I just stick with the single core?

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Well the Core Duo notebooks may actually have better life than some of the Pentium M's (single core), as they are 65nm vs Pentium M's 90nm.

If you stick with the notebook line of processors (Turion, Turion x2, Core Solo, Core Duo), then battery life really shouldn't be a huge issue.

Most don't even need dual core though, it's only necessary for someone who games hard (which laptops usually suck at, so dual core notebooks are almost an oxymoron) or multitasks a lot of applications that eat alot of power. If your running a few simple applications at the same time with 1Gb of memory, then a decent single core processor will suffice.
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