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Mobile AMD Athlon 64 or P4?

by nightfox7 / November 27, 2004 8:38 AM PST

I'm lookin to buy a new laptop and can't decide between Pentium 4 or the Mobile AMD Athlon 64. I'm not a hardcore gamer, so as long as I can play games like Rise of Nations I'm cool. I want the laptop to last for a couple of years. Will one have to upgrade to Longhorn or can they keep XP? Any advie will be helpful thanks.

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Re: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 or P4?
by Ryan T / November 27, 2004 9:31 PM PST

Well I don't think you'll HAVE to upgrade to Longhorn, but you will probably WANT to. Wink

That's really what the Athlon 64 is built for. The performance increase you'll see on today's applications comes from the integrated Front Side Bus (the FSB runs at the same GHz as the processor).

However, if you do choose an Athlon 64, do yourself a favor and wait for the new ones with better power management to come out. If you buy one before the beginning of next year, you'll likely be disappointed with the battery life.

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Re: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 or P4?
by KenSanramon / November 29, 2004 12:51 PM PST

The battery life of the Pentium 4M is worse than the Athlon 64 even now so if you don't need the hyperthreading of the Pentium 4M and the 128mb dedicated video (that is needed for many newer games without reduced settings) than the Athlon 64 is a no brainer.

The new Lower voltage Athlon 64 will allow thinner notebooks and more comparable battery life to the 32 bit Intel Pentium M (Centrino) line which is also superior to the Pentium 4M -- that is what I have as I value battery life and notebook weight and I spent $1299 so I will get a new notebook in 2007 when Longhorn 64 arrives.

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