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Photog
10-19-2000, 06:35 PM
I have found the brand of laptop but am unsure of what processor speed I REALLY need. I am at odds as to stick with the standard Mobile PIII 450, or to get the optional (+$200) Mobile PIII 600. I am a digital photog and write alot of stories, very few games, occasional internet when abroad or traveling. What are the actual speed differences, and will they make any difference? Any help will be of great value to me. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Paleo Pete
10-19-2000, 11:28 PM
Check around at stores and see if you can find a few machines with each of the CPU's you're interested in already installed, and try them out. See which one you like best.

I don't think you'll see a noticable difference in speed, without sensitive measuring instruments, but I haven't played around with any of the newer 400MHz and up machines either. The 100-133 MHz bus might make a big difference. With older machines, running a 66MHz bus, once you got to about 333MHz the periferals became a bottleneck, and the overall system wouldn't perform any faster than the system bus could send information to the cards and get it back, so a faster CPU made very little difference, if any at all.

Memory is likely to be a more important consideration than CPU speed, especially with graphics-intensive applications.

The actual speed difference is 150 MHz, quite a lot if you consider the first IBM PC, which ran at 4.77MHz...or the 486, which was usually a 66MHz CPU...but really not that big a spread nowadays...

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Charles Kozierok
10-23-2000, 09:39 PM
I usually say not to overbuy CPU, and believe that generally. With notebooks though, you're stuck with whatever you get, so it's probably worth it to get the faster machine unless on a tight budget. Also consider how long you will keep the machine.
If the PC comes with 64 MB or less I'd spend the money on more RAM before a faster CPU.

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Photog
10-26-2000, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by Photog:
I have found the brand of laptop but am unsure of what processor speed I REALLY need. I am at odds as to stick with the standard Mobile PIII 450, or to get the optional (+$200) Mobile PIII 600. I am a digital photog and write alot of stories, very few games, occasional internet when abroad or traveling. What are the actual speed differences, and will they make any difference? Any help will be of great value to me. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

The Laptop is configured with 12GB HD, 6x DVD, 128MB RAM, 100MHz bus, 14.1 TFT Display, ATi w/8Meg SGRAM.I read somewhere the Mobile PIII'S run at slower speeds when undocked. I won't be "plugged in" that often while abroad. ThanKs for the info though.