I'm trying to decide which processor and OS (Vista 32 or 64) to go with. The quad cores are 2.5Ghz I believe, and I just haven't seen anything showing an advantage for quad cores outside of 3D rendering applications. Anyone have some good hard information on this? For my personal situation, I plan to use the notebook for the following:
App Dev using Visual Studio 08, SQL 05 & 08, Expression
Design/Illustration/Photo using CS3 tools, eventually CS4, Lightroom, rare 3D in Blender.
Gaming to include Farcry, WoW, Neverwinternights, others?
Right now it seems that the quad core will draw more power for almost no performance increase, and in some cases it will perform *worse* than the core duo at a higher clock (say, T9600). I'm not sure how far into the future it will be before a 2.5ghz quad can outperform a 2.8ghz duo in most use cases? Anyone?
On the OS, how are people feeling about 64bit? For all my day to day involvement in the "latest and greatest" in software dev, I still haven't made the move to 64bit.
TIA, and would this question be better in a different forum?
I'm upgrading my XPS m1530 CPU, i figured I'd post in this section.
Anyhow currently I'm running the t5750, 2000MHz dual core, with 2mb cache.
Ive got 2 choices for my upgrade (and I know they both will work for sure in the XPS m1530 as I've asked around) and here they are:
The T8300 with 2.4GHz dual core and 3mb cache and 800 bus speed, or The T9500 with 2.6GHz dual core and 6mb cache and 800 bus speed.
Since I'm in Canada, the only good prices i can find are on eBay (otherwise I'm buying via Canadian newegg and whatnot, and they charge A-LOT for Canadians because of import and CAD currency exchanges).
The T8300 is listed at 173.56 CAD with +25$ Australian for shipping, which ends up being around 24 ish CAD, which means I'm paying roughly 200$ CAD for it.
The t9500 is listed at 253.56 CAD with free shipping to Canada.
In the end, my question is this: is the +0.2GHz/core and the 3mb extra cache worth the 50$ (considering the t9500 can go upwards of 350 on newegg Canadian, or rather used to, its not even listed there anymore). Although it may not be worth the straight upgrade, it may be worth the time i'll put off upgrading or buying a new laptop. What are your opinions?
the t9500 expires in 9 hours, and although I've been tracking the user since September, hes always re-posted the listing, but I don't know if the price will change a lot (its gone up 10$ since the previous re-post) so speedy answers would be .
I got to build a Dell comptuer. I have almsot no choice but for ram and processor.
Every model has only one choice for GPU. Why? It use to be you could build a computer you wanted. Now if you want dedicated GPU you have to go to a Studio and pay 200 bucks more? And if you want a non-suck GPU you have to go to a XPS and pay another 200 bucks.
What happened to modability.. what happened to choice and quality at Dell?
I got to HP and i can choose to get integrated graphics or upgrade to dedicated... why did Dell move away from this? And move into ... if you want this upgrade to a new model and pay 4 times more...
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache)
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms) High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LED LCD
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Yesterday I ordered this Computer. I have been reading a few posts about the 7200RPM Hard drive and decided to look at my order to see if this was an option. It seems today the computer is 100.00 cheaper and there are more options. [I ordered through a Dell partner purchase program so the options were a bit different then the regular site]
I would like to know which is better : Full Hi Definition, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD (1920x1200) & 2.0 M
I'm very close to buying a Latitude E6400 or E6500, but I have a few questions before I pull the trigger. I'm hoping that a few E6400 and E6500 users can help me out...
1- Displays- are they all matte finish or ??? If I go with the E6500, I definitely want the WXGA+ (1440x900) LED-backlit option, but I'm thinking WXGA or WXGA+ (LED-backlit) will do on the smaller E6400.
2- Color choices- I know that Regal Red and Regatta Blue are offered in addition the standard Brushed Metal Black finish. Other than the tiny photos shown on the Product Details page as representations of each color, I can't seem to find any larger photos of the Red or Blue models! Is it a glossy or more of a matte/flat finish.....or should I just stick with the Brushed Metal Black?
3- Which size- 14.1" (E6400) or 15.4" (E6500)? The lighter weight and smaller dimensions of the E6400 are very appealing. I'm just wondering if there are any significant benefits that the E6500 would provide over the E6400 (other than the availability of a WUXGA display)?
4- Thermal Management- The reviews I've seen were models with the P8400 processor and integrated graphics. Heat management was very good on those configurations. Does that hold true for models wity T9400/T9600 processsor and the nVIDIA graphics card? Is fan noise ever a problem?
I have decided on the HP DV3. I have 3 battery choices, 6 cell, high capacity 6 cell and 9 cell.
I know the 9 cell sticks out - it's also supposed to last 7 hours. What about the 6 cells? How long does each last because I am not sure if I want the 9, high capacity 6 or the option of getting both...
I recently got a dv7 (17.3") and I've been looking around for a good notebook cooler. The current cooler is not for this size and was wondering for any options available out there.
I've heard of the the Zalman-NC2000 but I'd have to "reposition" it to use it's capabilities. My next option would be the "NZXT Cryo LX". I am considering getting this one but would like to have other alternatives before I commit to it.
I use this laptop for gaming and photo/video editing so portability would be a plus.
Also, any good messenger bags for my lappy? I'll need space for my cooler and wacom tablet. I've been looking around for a long time as this and some were just a tad "tight" fitting in.
I'm about to get an studio XPS 16 and have a couple of questions regarding the components. I'm debating between the core i7 1.6 GHz with 6mb cache and the core i7 1.73 GHz with 8mb cache (the difference would be $350).
Also I was wondering if there was a major difference between the WLED and RGBLED screens? Finally, how much ram memory should I get, 4gb or 6gb? I'm just surprised that going from 4 to 6 costs $300.
I'm trying to decide if I should get the t4200 or the p8600. Is there going to be any noticeable difference for normal usage? I don't plan on playing any games or anything. Is it worth the $175 upgrade? I'm going to use it for watching HD videos, music, etc.
I've been stalking the XPS 1645/1647 for a while now hoping that the overheating/under clocking issues get resolved. I'm to the point now where I just need to roll the dice and make one of these work for me.
Currently I work off of a Mac Book Pro (latest unibody) with the 3.06 GHz processor upgrade and the 256 SSD upgrade and 4GB RAM. I do primarily web design (.NET, WordPress, etc.), so I stay in Windows (via Bootcamp) most of the time or work on my Sony Vaio Z. I was waiting for the Bootcamp upgrade to come out in hopes that it would help the hardware cope with Win7 better. Well, it came out a couple of days ago, and it did help, but it's still lacking in a few ways.
My question is around the processor. My everyday activities, making up 80% of my day, are fairly light with the exception of Adobe Creative Suite apps and Microsoft Visual Studio, but I do a decent amount of video processing. I am looking for the most power available without sacrificing battery life. If I understand the processor options correctly, that would be the i7-620M. How would that processor compare to the i5 540M in terms of speed and battery life? I have read that the i5 is "newer technology" and "should" be more efficient than the i7's.
I've read the threads on adding a copper pad with arctic silver in place of the junk stock thermal gum found in most laptops. Is it possibly to lower the heatsink assembly instead of adding a shim? I feel that a CPU-arctic silver-heat pipe connection would be way better than a CPU-artic silver-shim-artic silver-heat pipe connection. Also, is the 1mm rule a solid number or just a guesstimate? I've got a Studio 1737, Inspiron 9300, Vostro 1500, and Vostro A90 that all could benefit from this, I just don't want to mess it up.
if it is possible to upgrade my Studio 1535's processor (Intel C2D T5750, 2.0GHz). I cheaped out on most of the parts when I first bought this thing, as I was somewhat strapped for cash, so I went with the bare-minimum processor, but now I think I can do better.
So, is it possible to replace my processor? If so, what are some compatible models? I'm looking for at least 2.4GHz, for the record.
I was looking through some of my spare parts the other day and I came across a Pentium M 2.13GHz processor I removed from an old laptop I had a while back. The only problem is it was just thrown in a drawer with some other laptop parts, where its sat for about a year.
I was just wondering if anything bad could come from using it in my laptop since it hasn't been stored in ideal conditions. I looked at it pretty closely and there don't appear to be any bent pins or anything.
I'm thinking about getting a Studio XPS 16, but I'm not sure about the processor. Is there much difference between the P8400 (3MB cache/2.26GHz/1066Mhz FSB) and the T9400 (6MB cache/2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB).
The difference in $$ is $150 but don't know if it's worth it.
I'll be using it for some photo editing, work and college.
I have an XPS 13 and recently upgraded from preinstalled Vista to Win7 RC 7100. I reformatted the HD and everything installed fine except two things. Under device manager I can see two problems in the "other devices" category:
1) Coprocessor -- says no drivers are installed for this device and cannot find anything (online or on the dell driver CD) to update. 2) "Unknown device" -- doesn't give any info as to what this is except that it's on the PCI bus.