Hey Ranchers, I need your inputs on the best notebooks out there (Price range $1300 - $1500). The Specs should be similar to the Dell Inspiron 8600: Intel Centrino Technology 1.6GHz 512 MB RAM DVD/CD Combo Drive (RW) 80G Hard Drive
Am not too particular about Intel Chips. AMD would work for me. Thanks!
The centrino is not a great chip. It's slower than the celeron, isn't it? Definitely less than a Pentium. Yes, a laptop will typically bottleneck at the harddrive, but if this machine is designed to be a development machine, 512Mb of RAM as a single 512 stick is mandatory. (a single stick so you can add another one when you realise it isn't enough )
Originally posted by Adrian Yan: Most of laptop bottleneck is at its harddrive, not its RAM.
I agree. I upgraded from 256MB to 640MB (128+512) on a P4 1.6 Dell Inspiron 8200, and it hasn't improved the performance much - I believe my 40GB harddisk at 4200 RPM (I guess) is taking ages to write and copy any large files. Look for a faster RPM harddirve when you shop for laptops.
Originally posted by David O'Meara: The centrino is not a great chip. It's slower than the celeron, isn't it? Definitely less than a Pentium.
Thx for the suggestions. I thought Centrino was specifically designed for laptops (mobile technology) Has anyone heard of Averatec? :roll:
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Actually, if your notebook says Centrino, then it's more than just the processor. Centrino is an actual platform from Intel. It's supposedly designed for wireless networking. In order for a notebook to have Centrino stamped on it, it has the Pentium-M process and the intel 855 chipset. It uses something called Intelligent energy saving, which allows longer battery life (obviously since it's design for wireless, if you need a power cord, that wouldn't be wireless ).
Centrino would have a core frequency lower than a Celeron but yield similar performance to a PIV with a higher frequency. For example, a 1.4GHz Centrino could compete with a 2GHz (maybe 2.4) PIV (depending on other hardware in the config). Another example that CPU speed alone doesn't mean a thing when measuring computer performance.