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Difference between processors?

What is the difference between these processors [for laptops]? Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 and the Intel Core 2 Extreme x9000? Both processors have the same bus speed, cache size, etc etc. What is the difference between the Duo and Extreme? I've been looking around and they seem to be the same.

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Re: Difference between processors?

Hey joka,

The primary difference between these two processor lines is that Core 2 Extreme models tend to be designed specifically for gamers and overclocking (running a processor at speeds faster than designated by the manufacturer). Most average users may not notice that great of a difference in performance between the two though, especially if all they use their computer for is word processing or to store/share photos.

Hope this helps you out.

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Re: Difference between processors?

i think...... there's also what... $500 in difference in pricing?

 

i am curious though. where did u find the intel core 2 exterme for a laptop?

 

 

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Re: Difference between processors?

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alienware and dell xps have the extremes. i'm looking at these 2... not sure which to get tho...

 

macbook pros specs:

-intel core 2 duo T9600

-4gb of ram

-1440 by 900 resolution

-nvidia geforce 9400m linked with the 9600m gt [you can switch over when you choose to]

-320gb @ 7200rpm hard drive

-backlit keyboard

-less bulky in terms of size of laptop

-for the resolution they listed this on the website: Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors.

 

but they didn't list that number under the supported resolutions so i donno what that means.
not sure if they mean you can set it to 2560 by 1600...

 

price: $2850

 

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alienware m15x specs:

-intel core 2 extreme X9000

-4 gb of ram

-intel turbo memory 1gb [caches large amounts of frequently used data for faster access by the processor. this decreases the need for hard-disk accesses, saving both time and power, which equates to increased performance and energy efficiency.]

-1920 by 1200 resolution

-nvidia geforce 9800m gt

-320gb @ 7200rpm hard drive

-luminated keyboard

-a little bit bigger in terms of size

 

price: $3550; $3850 with blu-ray disc reader

 

 

which should i get?!?! :[

i'm leaning towards the mac just cuz it's less expensive. if i go for the mac i'm going to move the mac's os to an external hard drive to boot when i choose to and then install linux and vista onto the internal

Message Edited by joka on 11-05-2008 02:50 AM
Message Edited by joka on 11-05-2008 02:52 AM
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Re: Difference between processors?

get the alienware. better graphics.that's more important if u're looking for playing games.

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Re: Difference between processors?

I find it very odd that Best Buy carries the Dell XPS systems and since Dell owns Alienware why don't we carry it.
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Re: Difference between processors?

We do, Eric! Search for "Alienware" on bestbuy.com
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Re: Difference between processors?

If I were you I would go for the m15x if you are looking for a computer for gaming. I also wanted to say that they only sell one desktop from alienware at bestbuy, so if you go with it you can not buy it here.
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Re: Difference between processors?

I think everyone is saying alienware mostly because of the name and how it's known for gaming. Although, I don't think there's a huge difference between the 2 when you look at the specs because all of the specs/hardware are top of the line or close to it. Alienware, of course, would be better, but I don't know if it's worth the extra $600+ especially since the technology will go obsolete within a couple of years. I don't intend on hardcore gaming... maybe CS, DOD, SC2 when it comes out, and other games here and there.
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Re: Difference between processors?

don't look as it as "hardcore gaming", look as it as "future gaming" right now it may seem like it's hardcore gaming, but u gotta think 3-4 years from now, games will require a more powerful video card engine. so by getting the more advance one right now, u can definitely play games 3-4 years from now.