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Clarification on processors

by ryanlafebre / September 27, 2008 11:10 AM PDT

I'm looking to buy a laptop, and would like to be able to play some of the new games that are coming out on it. I've noticed that alot of the processor requirements for these games will say things like "CPU: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 or AMD64X2 (or higher)". My question is this; is the requirement for a 3GHz processor whether you purchase any of the three processor types listed, or 3GHz for the P4, but (most) Dual Core 2.0 processors will work? Whether I'm at Dell, Toshiba, etc, it seems all of their laptops offer plenty of RAM and the right video cards, but I can't seem to find any Dual Core 2's above about 2.8 GHz.


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Re: clarification
by Kees Bakker / September 27, 2008 11:04 PM PDT

Read it as:
- 3.0 GHz P4, or
- Dual Core 2.0, or
- or AMD64X2,
- or higher.

That's clear, I hope.


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by ryanlafebre / September 29, 2008 10:09 PM PDT
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Great, thanks for clearing it up for me!

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Comparing a 3.0 GHz P4?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2008 11:31 PM PDT

A lot changed from the Pentium 4 to the Core Duo or even "Centrino Solo" (single core).

When I compare speeds from a P4 to a Centrino Solo I'll give the Centrino Solo a 50% increase in clock speed to compare to the P4. That is a 2.0GHz Centrino Solo performed like the 3.0GHz P4.

Fast forward to the Dual Core 2 (more commonly called Core 2 Duo) and you have not only the advantage of the Centrino core but 2 cores. The 50% uptick could easily be closer to 80% but for now I'll use the less aggressive 50 percent number so I'll always be in the zone with spare CPU power.

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In addition
by Willy / September 28, 2008 7:16 AM PDT

The other posters covered alot of what needs to be known. I however suggest when getting a laptop for gaming purposes that you select one that specially says it does gaming well. You will be sorry if not. You won't be able to upgrade out of it either as most laptops are pigeon holed, so get what it takes from the git. In fact, I wouldn't recommend a laptop for such purposes(desktop, yes), but if you must, then take heed.

tada -----Willy Happy

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