I am trying to decide on which CPU I should look for in a new laptop. I am considering the performance between the Pentium M and the Mobile Pentium 4-M but I find the reviews comparing these two CPUs lacking.
In reviews that I have read, it is unclear if the Mobile Pentium 4-M is being clocked at the same speed as the Pentium M or at its full speed. Comparing with a Mobile Pentium 4-M clocked at the same speed as the Pentium M shows their comparative efficiencies but not their performance experienced by the end user using a laptop.
Can anyone assist or point me to good review between these two CPUs? I am interested only in performance for software development (mostly compiling/linking) and not battery life, laptop weight or for graphics or FPU.
From what I 'read-between-the-lines', a Pentium M (due to its more efficient architecture) has the equivalent performance of a Mobile Pentium 4-M clocked 50% faster than the Pentium M. I know Intel has just refined the Pentium M architecture in the Dothan CPU now just coming on to the market.
Do I read you right: you are only interested in compilations speed and not in battery life, weight, ect ? First obvious question would be, do you really need a laptop ?
If you do, and really don't care about the above issues, I would choose a P4 over the Pentium M without thinking twice. It will be faster for the $ (assuming you run it mostly plugged into the AC), and faster overall. Also hyperthreading tends to help nicely reduce compile times.
Laptop with a Mobile Athlon64 3000+/3200+ are about the same price as a Pentium-M 1.6/1.7 wich one would you guys suggest?.
I didnt find the P4-M VS P-M review lacking but I didnt find enough comparison betwen the Mobile 64 and the pentium-m.
Btw im waiting 1month or 2 before I buy my Laptop since dothan just got release I might end up grabing a 1.7 Dothan or if the price are too high, i'll just get a banias at lower cost... So Im just looking around right now but I like the Asus M6000 series they look like a good bang for the bucks.
>Laptop with a Mobile Athlon64 3000+/3200+ are about the
>same price as a Pentium-M 1.6/1.7 wich one would you guys
Depends entirely what you expect from the notebook. The A64 will give you better performance for most things, but at the expense of battery life/weight. If you want a nice light notebook with excellent battery life and very good all round performance, I wouldnt look further than the PM. If performance is on the top of the list, and a reasonable price on number 2, the A64 looks quite a bargain.
= The views stated herein are my personal views, and not necessarily the views of my wife. =
May 28, 2004 5:38:03 PM
Ok the thing is ill probably put some pretty performance and power hungry parts in it in it. Mobility 9600 maybe 9700 and maybe a 7200rpm hd too.
Now im not looking for a super long battery life but more than 2 hours would be nice hehe.
Anyhow thanks for the advice.