View Full Version : New Laptop - Core 2 Duo?

Veer V2
09-02-06, 02:07 AM
Hey folks!

I'm planning to purchase a new laptop this month.

Was looking for a mid-range system of reasonable quality - preferably around $1000 US or $1200 CAD. GPU isn't important, I won't be playing very many games on this baby. Battery life, CPU, wifi, and 15.4 widescreen are the prime factors. Though if an X1400 or Go 7400 can be had cheap i'll jump on it.

I've been using a good o'll Thinkpad R41 for the past 3 years and it's served me faithfully, if fitfully. Anyway, i've come down to choosing a Dell 6400.

The thing is, Dell recently (seems this weekend) began offering Core 2 Duo CPU options with it's 6400 series (or e1505 in the US).

So I was wondering if there was any advantge in choosing Core 2 Duo over the regular Core Duo Centrino given the price difference?

My choices are between a

Core Duo T2400 (2MB Cache/1.83GHz/667MHz)

or a

Core 2 Duo T7200 (4MB Cache/2.00GHz/667MHz)

the price difference is about $100 US.

Both systems will have identical specs - 1 GB DDR2 RAM 533, 60GB HD, Intel GMA 950, 9-cell 85Whr battery, etc.

So is it worth it?

Also, any feedback on Dell? This would be my first dell system.

Veer V2
09-02-06, 02:30 AM
Also, HP is offering a Core Duo T2250 - (2MB Cache/1.77GHz/533MHz). It's slightly cheaper than both I mentioned above. Any good? Worth getting instead? Esp. since HP Pavilions seem to have a better 'look n feel' - like the black!

Also should I be concerned that the Dell offer is for 533Mhz RAM? I thought most DD2s were 677Mhz?

09-02-06, 03:55 AM
I would say the difference between a Core Duo 1.8 and a Core 2 Duo 2.0 would most deffinitely be worth the $100 in a laptop. Go for it. :)

09-02-06, 10:11 AM
This is a no brainer... Core 2 Duo for teh win!!