Opinions needed on dual core processors

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by skubish, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Pentium dual core, Core 2 Duo, AMD...are
    all of these fine for a laptop used to surf
    the net, emails, and watch YouTube? Which
    is best? I assume the C2D has the best
    performance.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Pentium is older technology, but for that kinda usage, any dual core CPU is fine. Core 2 Duo is the best one
     
  3. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, the newer Pentium Dual Cores are basically Core 2's that are at a lower clock speed and bus speed. They're quite OK processors. My advice is to just avoid Celerons like the plague. :D (Though the newer dual core Celerys probably aren't terrible...)

    EDIT: Well, technically you ARE right - the PDC is a Penryn-based chip, right? So that's older technology... ;)

    You assume right - of that lot, Core 2's will be the best. However, don't completely discount the others - my new laptop (specs in sig) is an Acer 5534-1121. It has a 1.2GHz Athlon X2 - and it works great for all the stated purposes. I even play a few games with it (albeit, older games at low-ish settings).
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yea, Pentium dual-core T4xxx is Penryn based but so are Celeron and Celeron dual-core.

    Basically, Pentium is just a code name for cheaper mobile CPUs, better than Celerons but worse than Core 2 Duos
     
  5. skubish thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the info.

    These chip makers don't make it easy to judge price/performance of the processors.
     
  6. No ice please macrumors 6502

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    Amd

    I prefer AMD over intel. My sister dell with a Athlon X2 1.6ghz w/vista basic and 1 gb of ram feels wayyy faster the my 2.0ghz C2D 4gbs of ram w/vista home. Not to mention AMD is cheaper and are extremely stable when overclocked.
     
  7. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm... if that's the case, then just avoid the single cores and the low cache processors.

    I just setup a nice HP that a friend of mine bought. It had a 2.7GHz PDC (don't know number) and 6GB of RAM and a 21" LCD. They got it for $550 from Staples. Other than the not-so-great graphics, its an AWESOME machine. If I thought it'd be easy to hackintosh, I'd get one myself. :D
     
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