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AMD vs. Intel for notebooks

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:02 am

AMD vs. Intel for notebooks

I'm now in the final final stages of picking out my new computer. I've already done a few about faces and am now looking toward HP for my laptop. The last question that I'm struggling with is the eternal "AMD vs. Intel" question. HP offers the machine I'm after (dv6000) in identical configurations with either the AMD Turion X2 TL-60 (2.0ghz, dual core) or the Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0ghz, dual core). I've been unable to find any reliable comparisons out there between the two. Other reviews I've read show that AMD dual cores beat Intel for desktops, though that's not what I'm after. The configurations with the AMD processor work out to be about $200 US cheaper, which is definitely a bonus, but I'm after performance here. Which is the 'best'?

Post Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:23 am

the Core 2 Duo totally kicks posterior on laptop performance - not that the Turion is a slouch by any means, but I see both pieces of kit on a daily basis and purely from my own experience I can assure you that on pure performance, the Intel option is significantly superior.

However (there's always an "however" isn't there?) it's not just processor "horsepower" that counts towards overall performance - amount of RAM, speed of RAM, motherboard bus, graphics adaptor, all these things add up, and cheap nasty ones can bottleneck even the beefiest processor, as well as all the rubbish laptop manufacturers shove in to the software suite on startup. Let's say you have a laptop supplied with 512mb RAM, and for graqphics you choose to set it to 256mb for video memory - immediately you have a problem as, since graphics memory in laptops is usually shared from the pool of installed RAM with the system memory, you've cut down your available system memory by half. So as well as a thumping processor, make sure you have plenty of quick RAM in it or you'll find yourself wondering "what was the point of that big fast processor? "

Post Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:35 pm

Thanks for the advice, Taw... I'm splurging for the 2 gigs of RAM and a separate 256mb GeForce Go 7600 video card so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I knew there had to be a caveat to the lower prices of AMD.

Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:29 pm

not as such. the AMDs are lean mean machines, although I've never agreed with the way they name and market their processors, which is misleading. One could argue that AMD make the more efficient processor.

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