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Old 10-15-2006, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, my desktop has an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ & 512mb RAM, and I'm looking to buy a new laptop with a Core Duo T2300E & 1GB RAM in it. I have no idea how desktop and laptop processors compare to each other.

Should this laptop perform close to or better than my old desktop?


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it should perform considerably better unless it overheats/battery is running out and it goes into low power mode. for starters it's a dual core (two processors on one processor chip) which means you can multi-task with reckless abandon. having two processor cores gives you the ability to run two applications at once that would normally take virtually all processor power e.g. a game and video encoding. if you do video encoding or other things that have "SMP" enabled software you'll have near twice as much power as a similar single core. as it is that processor should have more power on one processor core than your current processor

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Cool thanks. So the fact that the Athlon 2800+ is 2.08GHz, while the Core Duo is 1.66GHz doesn't mean that the higher Ghz is faster necessarily?

What other factors figure into determining how fast the processor will run?
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