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 PostPost subject: How are the mobile Core 2 Duos?        Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:41 am 
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I'm planning to get a notebook with a core 2 duo.
I want to know if anyone on this forum is using one and their experience with it.
As I see, most notebook comes with T5450 now, they used to have a lot of T5250 models a few months ago. I'm use wondering if the T5450 is good or i'll need to upgrade to a T8x00.


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i have currently got a T7250 in my notebook, seems to run pretty well. can run most modern games decently.


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My T7200 (one of the first group of mobile Core 2 Duo chips) has been excellent, and it is still going strong. Battery life is a bit meh, but that's probably the combination of a 15.4" display, wifi and bluetooth. Plus the battery would be about two years old now.

However, I'd go for the best CPU you can afford, presuming you've got at least 2gb of RAM and a decent graphics card (absolutely not Intel.)

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I have a T5450 in my new laptop and it also has Intel graphics, but it -can- run a lot of the games I play, eg, Battlefield 1942, Command and Conquer Generals, etc. Not great, but it does work, and for me not expecting it to play games, and it does, I'm more than happy.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:30 pm 
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Usually, a T5xxx/7xxx is good enough for most apps. The Penryn series (8xxx/9xxx) is only marginally faster, yet sports a better battery life due to a lower power consumption. Performance-wise, they're excellent. I have an U7500 in my notebook and am very happy.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:54 pm 
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the T8xxx/9xxx seems great, but the cost isn't that great
I could spend that money to invest in a desktop quad core instead


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The first thing you'd know: Don't buy a i945 chipset notebook. It'll cut the chance to upgrade it further than T7600G.
Here's the list of the mobile C2D-s (945 has Socket M, 965 has Socket P): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors#Dual-Core_Mobile_processors

Also, if you plan to buy a 15,4" or larger one, you'd consider to buy a discrete video card version (preferably MXM), as it offers better 3D capabilities and upgradeability.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:03 pm 
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I plan to get a socket P, socket M is old to me.


Does most maufacture give DDR2 667 ram or do they still you with the 533 ones?


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I've just got a Dell Vostro 1500 with an Intel C2D T7250 2.0 GHz and it's really good - only £440 all-in too (for some reason that was only supposed to be a T5470 1.6 GHz and the 2.0 GHz one was an extra £50 but Dell sent me the 2.0 GHz one!) and that's with an Nvidia 8400 GS 128 MB rather than the integrated graphics that the cheaper ones come with - I haven't put any of the really bleeding-edge games on there but it plays things like Unreal Tournament 2004, Far Cry, Need for Speed Carbon, Prey, Half Life 2, etc pretty well (at 1440x900). It's 2 GB of 667 MHz memory. I would recommend you look at Dell, they seem a lot cheaper than the others yet have a reasonable reputation.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:34 am 
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something just hit me, what about the upcoming Montevina platform (Centrino 2), now should i wait?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:09 am 
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I have a Macbook Pro. It's the last generation Macbook Pro (doesn't have a Penryn processor, but a Merom). I get about 3+ hrs of battery life in Mac OS X with the brightness maxed out.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:17 am 
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Ambig wrote:
I have a Macbook Pro. It's the last generation Macbook Pro (doesn't have a Penryn processor, but a Merom). I get about 3+ hrs of battery life in Mac OS X with the brightness maxed out.

AFAIK, the core 2s in macbooks are the T7x00 series, so they should be pretty good. Excpet that a macbook pro is to costy for me while the macbooks are just too low end, the slowest model doesn't even have a dvd burner. That got me thinking, macs are expensive.
in the other end, macs are great, they are more stable and fun to use.


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Yes, the MacBook is nice and but a joke as far as the price is concerned - in terms of PCs it is at the upper end of the price range, yet still has integrated graphics, no DVD writer and just 1 GB of memory. As I said, consider Dell, they are very good value for money ;) They can even run OS X of course, mine booted up off a patched Leopard DVD and installed it fine but I didn't know enough about configuring bootloaders to be able to get it to run after installing it so had to give up.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:40 pm 
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I was thinking about gettin a macbook too, however, the fact that it has integrated graphics (even a low end discrete chip would be fine) prevents me from buying one.

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