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Need help on buying new processor in laptop

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February 28, 2006 2:57:36 AM

hey guys, here is my problem. The best instore laptop that I can buy comes with a with a Intel Centrino Duo T2400 1.83GHz processor. I got a couple questions here:

1. Is this processor 1.83ghz times 2 (3.66ghz) or is it just 1.83 just like having a p41.83ghz processor?

2.Would say a p4 3.2ghz play way faster than a duo 1.83 in a game like eq2

I am mostly playing eq2 and pretty sure it doesnt support duo core tech. I see all these lap tops with 1.66hz duo core stuff and 1.66 seems like it would be garbage to play games with.

February 28, 2006 3:05:10 AM

no the core duo is a dual cor elaptop its 2 1.83 but remember thsoe are mobile processors they are not the same as a P4

and ur 2nd question

i cannot asnwer beside ssaying this AMD would be better for gaming

is this a Mac btw?
February 28, 2006 3:10:38 AM

Take a look at those benchmarks. As you can see Core Duo owns in performance. I'm not 100% sure if EQ2 takes advantage of Core Duo or not, but I would be more concerned with the video card in the laptop than I would with the processor.

Processors these days have a somewhat minimal impact on game performance. I'm not saying it's not there, but video cards keep taking away more and more things from the CPU's.

So if I were you, I'd get a Core Duo. It'll likely do just as good in a game as a non dual core CPU. Additionally, you'll see a definite improvement in other things (like WinXP) with a dual core cpu.

Single core CPU's are going the way of the dodo bird.

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February 28, 2006 2:34:29 PM

LOL, yeah I think one of those birds dropped a single core right on my windshield on my way to work this morning. Made a hell of a mess
February 28, 2006 2:52:46 PM

It will do much better than a P4 @ 3.2 GHz
February 28, 2006 4:00:47 PM

I own a 2.5 yrs old laptop with one of the oldest gen Pentium M @ 1.5GHz.
I also got a mobile Radeon 9600pro (128 mb).
It can still handle a lot of games. Of course, were not talking super high res.
But even a CPU demanding game like HL2 plays ok (with some settings taken down) in 1024.
The GPU is however outdated by now so playing new FPS is out of the question. But with a good mobile gpu you should be fine.

Another thing; duos (aswell as the pentium Ms) are more close to Athlons in performance clock for clock. So a 200mhz increase for a duo probably corresponds closer to a 400 on a P4.

Id go for a high clocked core and a good GPU and youll be fine!