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- Which One Is Better? Pentium or AMD?
August 12, 2005, 2:39 pm
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I'm considering buying a laptop/notebook computer and I'd like to know
what to look for. I've heard the M chip is the best out today. Is this
true? I used to hear that AMD was not so hot, but I now hear that it's
comparable to the Pentium chip. I need help on what I should be looking
for. It would be mainly for surfing the web, email, instant messaging
chat with video and maybe a game or two.
Re: Which One Is Better? Pentium or AMD?
The "game or two" is likely to be the deciding factor. What particular
games do you have in mind? Many have rather heavy video-processor
requirements and the availability of a suitable video processor may be the
Beyond that, while the AMD chips themselves have good performance and their
power consumption is the same as or less than a Pentium M, the other system
components for the Pentium M were designed by Intel specifically to work
with it in a laptop configuration and optimized for low power consumption,
while the AMD relies on third-party chipsets that so far have been more
general-purpose in nature, so the power consumption of the machine in which
it is installed will not be as low as for a Pentium M that uses the Intel
chipset. If you need high performance video that requires an ATI or nvidia
GPU then I suspect that the AMD and Intel will start to pull even on
battery life--the Intel package includes Intel's own embedded video which
works but isn't what anyone other than Intel would call "high performance"
and the third-party video pretty much negates the advantage of the Intel
low power chips.
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