Almost 4 times the clock rate to give you an idea of the old Pentium 4 speed. So any current model definitely meets computing requirements.
Some schools have a program with 4 year warranties worth killing for. Look there first.
My son is starting at a univeristy this fall. According to various people he/we have talked to, he needs an XP pro computer, we want him to have a laptop, that is powerful enough to run math and engineering applications. Supposedly, they don't work under Vista yet. The school has a deal with Dell, but their top of the line notebooks only have Vista. They have older laptop designs that we can still get XP pro on, but the university said it should be ready to go to Vista next year. So..
Any idea what brand of laptop to look at?
Is dual core slower than the old single core CPUs for a single application. For example the old Pentium 4 were like 3.5 gig and the dual cores seem to be 1.7 - 1.9 Gig.
Thanks for any help you can give me.