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Purchasing a new Laptop

by Mic2206902-19243180792810152231574462087291 / November 5, 2005 7:42 AM PST

Hey everyone. I am in need of your help, I am stuck between two Laptops.

One features an AMD Sempron 1.8GHz Processor with 1600MHz FSB. This laptop has 256kb of Cache.

The other features an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz Processor with 400 FSB. This laptop features 1MB of Cache.

I want to know a few things. Firstly, which is more important when choosing an all-purpose laptop; larger or larger Cache?

Secondly, do these two aspects of a laptop subsitute eachother? For example does higher Cache cover a lower FSB and vice-versa?

Ultimately, I simply wish to know which Laptop to purchase as they are both the same price. Thank you very much for your time.

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While not exactly answering your question...
by togus / November 5, 2005 7:48 AM PST
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Thanks

Thank you greatly for this very helpful link. I appreciate it!

Anyone else care to contribute? Lol.

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But

But what about the two laptops themselves? Which one am I advised to get for multi-purpose use? Thank you.

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I'd go with the first one
by ikjadoon / November 5, 2005 10:53 PM PST

The AMD one. The Clock speed is faster, as is the FSB. That cache will be slower... BUt I think it'll just blow that 1.5Ghz outta the water. See, with AMD CPU's they've brought a new idea, one that says clock speed doesn't matter. So, in reality that 1.8Ghz Sempron is probably a 2800+ or a 3000+, considering the clock speed. That means that it is "supposed" to perform like a P4 2.8Ghz or a P4 3.0Ghz. With budget CPU's it's difficult to find ones with 1 MB Caches, especially for mobile computers.. If you could, get me a link to where you actually got these specs. Also, CPU doesn't mean everything. In speed RAM plays a large part. If you have a P4 3.8GHz beast boasting 1066 FSB, it'll crawl when you put 128MB of memory. It won't be able to show its true potential. They kind of go hand-in-hand.

References:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/sempron_3.html

http://www.lostcircuits.com/cpu/amd_xp3000+/2.shtml

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