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Processor comparisons for vostro v13

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February 13, 2010 9:14:39 PM

Hi all, I am looking into getting a lightweight compact laptop (not a netbook). I currently own a netbook (samsung nc10) and love it but need something with more power. I am looking at the vostro v13 and had a question regarding the processors.

I am looking at either of the following:
IntelĀ® CoreTM 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4GHz, 3MB L2 cache) (Ultra Low Voltage)
IntelĀ® Celeron 743 (1.2GHz, 1MB L2 cache) (Ultra Low Voltage)

I have read that the core 2 solo setup is about twice as fast as a netbook, but I don't know what to expect with the celeron.

I have never really been a fan of the celeron in the past years, but not really owned one. What do you all think about performance between these two?

Thanks!
February 14, 2010 3:30:28 AM

interesting, how significant is that?
just trying to decide if it is worth the price.
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February 14, 2010 3:35:04 AM

How much is the machine with the solo and the laptop with the celeron?
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February 14, 2010 4:24:11 AM

450 with celeron, ubuntu, 250gb hdd, 620 with core 2 solo, win7 and 320gb hdd
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February 14, 2010 4:31:10 AM

The extra $170 i believe is worth having W7 and the better processor, go for the solo if you ask me
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February 14, 2010 3:27:49 PM

If you want a real performance improvement over your netbook, I'd recommend getting something with a dual-core CPU.
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February 14, 2010 3:45:23 PM

well my netbook is ok, but yes a dual core cpu would certainly be nice. the trouble is that i am trying to stay within a budget and keep the laptop lightweight and slim (11-14 inch screen). I wont be using this machine for gaming or anything, the biggest possible program would be solidworks or some form of autocad. I realize those are far more intensive on the graphics card, but again, i dont know of any lightweight slim laptops that have a dedicated graphics card.

EDIT: I also dont care about win7 since i already have a copy of it, so purely from the perspective of the processor, is the solo really worth upgrading to?
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February 15, 2010 1:59:47 AM

For 170$ when you already have the OS, tbh no, not worth it
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