Yet another Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo question...

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Assume 2GB RAM of appropriate speed. In a business computer (no
gaming), will I notice a difference between

Intel [Core Duo T2350] & [Core 2 Duo T5600]

Whatís important is fast boot and shutdown, multi-tasking with
MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Firefox, and Thunderbird - plus
various utilities - all up at once. Also important is battery
life - I'll use the extended life unit.

In the laptop Iím considering, the Core 2 Duo adds about $125.
Is it worth it in my situation?


Re: Yet another Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo question...

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Core 2. Because it uses less juice, the battery will live longer. It's
also an overall better processor.

Re: Yet another Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo question...

There will be a difference in benchmarks, but it's not huge and in fact
you may not notice it at all as a real user sitting at the
keyboard/screen.  Intel says that the difference is about 15% if the
clock speed and FSB speed are the same (which may or may not be the
case).  Power consumption differences are insignificant.

The differences between Core 2 Duo and previous products in the Intel
desktop product line are huge, but the difference in the mobile products
are much, much smaller because Core 2 Duo is based on the "Core" chips
and is only slightly different.  However, there were no "Core" [1] chips
in the desktop product line, "Core" (which in turn was based on the
Pentium M, also originally a "mobile only" product line) was introduced
as a mobile [only] product until the Core 2 line.

There is also no significant difference in power consumption.  But the
real difference may be that for the two particular chips that you cited,
the clock and fsb speeds may not be the same.

[In terms of boot time on a laptop, going from a 5400 to a 7200 rpm disk
drive might make a lot more difference]

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