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Old 08-07-2012, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I just had a dell product replacement and they said the parts would be equal or better all the parts seem better besides my CPU if you could please let me know which is better.

Original CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @2.40GHz 2401 Mhz, 2 core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

New CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q720 @1.60GHz, 1600Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

If you could please let me know which one is better and also if you could explain why one is better then the other that would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Core 2 Duo is the gen before the Core i series. The i7 is a quad core and the C2D is a dual core. The i7 is much faster.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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even though the i7 is only 1.60GHz and the C2D is 2.40GHz just seems like that C2D is blowing away the GHz
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Athlon XP 2600+ was 2.2 ghz while the P4s were in the 3+ghz range back in 03

Trust me, the i7 smokes the C2D.
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Alright bud thanks for the heads up.
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Also, the turbo on that i7 boosts to 2.8ghz when needed on 1 or 2 cores which is also faster ghz wise than your current C2D
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The i7 is WAY better than the Core 2 Duo.

C2D: dual core (2 cores)
i7: quad core (4 cores), with hyperthreading, so it splits your 4 physical cores into 8 virtual cores to help with threading processes.

Just because it runs at a lower clock speed doesn't mean its slower.
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I don't really know what you mean by product replacement?

But the i7 is better then the Core 2 Duo. Although it has a slower clock speed, it's a newer, more efficient architecture and it's a quad core vs. the dual core P8600.

Here's my two cents. While the i7 is faster then the C2D, it depends on what you're using the laptop for. If you just use it for general tasks/light gaming, you're not going to notice a difference between the two. If you do audio/video editing and the likes, then you'll notice the difference with the i7.
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Merged into 1 topic. As you can see posting the same question in multiple areas only leads to confusion for everyone. Post 1 topic in 1 area of the same kind. It saves everyone loads of trouble.
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