Significant difference between the processors? Read.

I'm customizing my HP HDX18T and cannot decide between two processors.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz)
and
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz) for an additional $150

Now is the 2.66GHz processor really worth the extra $150, or would I be fine with a 2.53GHz processor?
Main question...is there really that much of a significant difference between the two?

Thank you very much.
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  1. Where are you buying them that their is a $150 difference? There should be a $50-$100 difference only. The T9550 has twice the cache (6mb vs 3mb), not just an extra ghz. If you can get it for less than $100 more than the P8700 then go for it, if not then the P8700 is fine.
  2. He is probably buying a laptop from a retailer.

    No, for $150 that is a total rip off.
  3. The_Blood_Raven said:
    Where are you buying them that their is a $150 difference? There should be a $50-$100 difference only. The T9550 has twice the cache (6mb vs 3mb), not just an extra ghz. If you can get it for less than $100 more than the P8700 then go for it, if not then the P8700 is fine.

    I'm getting it directly from HP
  4. Sounds normal for them to charge that much. Recently HP had a desktop that came standard with a 2.2Ghz Sempron, which I believe retails at places like newegg.com for $29.99. To upgrade to the Athlon X2 4850 was +$90, when it's retail price is only about $55.
  5. according to this benchmark the P8700 is faster than T9550:
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
  6. Sorry thought you were upgrading the CPU in an existing laptop since those are both upgrade-ready CPUs.
  7. I'd get the P8700 - the speed difference is minimal, and IIRC, the P series have a 25W TDP, rather than the T series 35W TDP. Besides, it isn't worth the cost.
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