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    Default Laptop processor choice/help

    I'm going to buy a new Dell laptop.
    To upgrade the processor, what of the 2 following is better:

    1. Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache

    2. Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache

    2 looks better, but they're the same price so I guess that 4 mb cache is something big? Both are the same price. And it'll have 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms). Windows vista.

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    I would go for the first CPU because of the larger cache and you wouldn't notice the difference in clock speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mutelight View Post
    I would go for the first CPU because of the larger cache and you wouldn't notice the difference in clock speeds.
    You're right about the clock speed, but the Txxxx number is important. The T8300 is most likely a faster architecture than the T7500.

    1MB of cache is just about as unnoticeable as .2 MHz of clock speed. While cache is important "more" isn't ALWAYS that much better.

    From the little I can find via Googling, the T8300 is a smaller and faster chip, and for laptop use it's cooler and less power which are both very important.

    Read some of this thread for example.
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    Good to know, thanks. The one I'm building will be about $1,100. I bet those 'new and improved' will be 2k++?? I can't stand computers.
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    I sent you a PM. I don't know what prices will be like, but I can't imagine the premium being that big. Depending on the configuration it might even be cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    You're right about the clock speed, but the Txxxx number is important. The T8300 is most likely a faster architecture than the T7500.

    1MB of cache is just about as unnoticeable as .2 MHz of clock speed. While cache is important "more" isn't ALWAYS that much better.

    From the little I can find via Googling, the T8300 is a smaller and faster chip, and for laptop use it's cooler and less power which are both very important.

    Read some of this thread for example.

    +1 .........Go with the 45nm cpu ( T8300 ) for a laptop. The L2 cache speed is faster as well for the 45nm cpu ( Runs at 1:1 with cpu...As well as its vcore runs on a lower voltage )


    http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SLA44

    http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SLAPA
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    Those are both good chips. Intel is on an alternating year roadmap where they die shrink and lower the thermal use on alternating years. This summer is also the launch of a new laptop platform called Montevina, which will also lower power consumption and increase performance (FSB) etc. The new platform will launch with the Penryn chip above (T8300 45nm, 35W) in June/July, and will get the new lower thermal design of the same chip, shortly thereafter. Worth the wait for the new platform with the current chip. New chips alone are supposed to save 6W over the current.
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