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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dave20688, Jul 6, 2006.

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  1. Dave20688

    Dave20688 Thread Starter

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    Yeah hi, I have a question- Which would run faster/more efficiently, a Pentium M processor running at 2.0 GHz, or a Core Duo running at 1.6 GHz, and which one would you recommend? Both the same RAM too. Thanks!
     
  2. loserOlimbs

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    What are your applications you would use the system for.

    I would say in most cases the Core Duo should be the CPU of choice.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Dual core all the way....
     
  4. Slipaway172

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    duo core is more expensive but is worth it. it is almost uncomparable with the pentium M.
     
  5. Smety

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    Not True. One core of a Duo is just barely better than the PM, luckily the Duo is better by a bit and it has two cores . . .

    Anyway, Core Duo will serve you well . . .
     
  6. prunejuice

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    For a single process, in a program not specifically designed to utilize two cores, the 2.0Ghz will be faster.

    Still, for a new purchase, I'd recommend the Duo core.
     
  7. Dave20688

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    Hey, thanks guys for your reponses. I was leaning towards Core Duo before, and now I really am.

    Well, not so much for games or anything, not too much of a gamer, but the biggest programs would probably be photoshop and such, maybe video and audio editing and things of that nature.
     
  8. Smety

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    Oh okay, then DEFINATELY go with the Core Duo :)
     
  9. loserOlimbs

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    Yeah, thats exactly what Dual core is all about!

    Photoshop CS is written for multiple cores BTW, so if you have CS and Dual core system you get the best performance.
     
  10. Mulderator

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    Parially true, partially false. If you render a video that takes say 20 minutes, then a dual core is going to be significantly better than a faster single core because you can do other things while the video is rendering with no performance hit at all, but it you did that on a single core, you would see a significant performance slow down in your other application. So, you are right for single applications, but wrong for multiple operations or for the software that takes advantage of dual core technology (not a lot of it yet, but there will be much more).
     
  11. JohnWill

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    Also, as long as you're running an O/S that recognizes the dual core processor, it will manage it so that you will use the full computing power when you're running multiple applications.
     
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