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Core 2 Duo vs. Centrino Duo

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by IHEARTCLARK, Sep 29, 2007.

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  1. IHEARTCLARK

    IHEARTCLARK Newbie

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    I was wondering which intel processor was best Core 2 Duo or Centrino duo. Thay both seem very similar...but i'm not sure which one is better:confused:
     
  2. powerpack

    powerpack Notebook Prophet

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    Core 2 Duo are newer 64 bit and considered better clock for clock

    Edit: oops! wrong, miner is correct.
     
  3. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    The Centrino Duo (better known as Core Duo) are the previous generation CPUs and are usually less expensive. They can provide better value for money for people who do not need 64-bit capability and are roughly 10% slower at the same clock speed.

    John
     
  4. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I dont think we can assume a Centrino Duo to a Core Duo. Core 2 Duo's are also part of the Centrino Duo branding.


    What processor does the Centrino Duo model have? Centrino Duo refers to the overall platform which consists of Intel Core or Core 2 Duo's, intel chipset and intel wifi. Its more of a marketing term rather than a reference to the cpu in the system.
     
  5. R4000

    R4000 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Correct. My aunt's dv2000t has a T5600 and a Centrino Duo sticker affixed to it.
     
  6. zunq

    zunq Notebook Enthusiast

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    Centrino duo label is given to any laptop that uses the Intel branded core duo processor(doesn't matter if it is core or core 2), intel integrated graphics, and intel wifi chip.
     
  7. Budding

    Budding Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Lol interesting to see so many people, including mods, getting this one wrong. But yeah, like zunq said, Centrino Duo is just a brand for an Intel Core CPU, Intel mobo chipset, and intel wifi card. I don't think it also includes the Intel integrated graphics however. It's like the Centrino label a few years back, which meant an Intel Pentium M CPU, Intel chipset, and an Intel wifi card.
     
  8. powerpack

    powerpack Notebook Prophet

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    Budding, your laughing, I'm kicking myself for blowing it, but in all fairness miner nailed it. Also because of the way question was phrased, Centrino Duo is not a processor.
     
  9. Lithus

    Lithus NBR Janitor

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    Well, you can't really blame anyone but Intel for this stupid naming system - if it confuses us, then it will confuse the hell out of a normal consumer. For example, the Centrino Duo name has now been used twice - once for M sockets, and another for P sockets. Then they came up with Centrino Pro for 800 Mhz P sockets.
     
  10. Abuhajira

    Abuhajira Newbie

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    So, then whats the difference in Core Duo (eg 1.8 Ghz T2400) Vs Core 2 Duo (1,8 Ghz)?

    Which one is better for what?

    thanx.
     
  11. Charr

    Charr Notebook Deity

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    64bits, and that is it. Core 2 @ 1.8GHz could be a T5500, or a T7100, which are different sockets and a different FSB, but the same core.
     
  12. Lithus

    Lithus NBR Janitor

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    Not entirely. A similarly clocked Core 2 Duo can be up to 30% faster than a Core Duo.
     
  13. Abuhajira

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    So, it is like a generation gap.. like P3 and P4 ?
     
  14. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Core >> Core 2 is not a generation gap. Core 2 is Core with some improvements.

    Read this thread for some further discussion and comparisons.

    John
     
  15. powerpack

    powerpack Notebook Prophet

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    What I said, wrong for original post. :eek:
     
  16. sriram87

    sriram87 Newbie

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    First of all, Core Duo, Core2 Duo are branded Centrino Duo no matter if its under Napa Platform or the Current Santa Rosa platform.
    Its just the stickering.

    Core Solo and Core Duo are almost the same because, the former is just the Core Duo processor with one of the cores running at a time.

    But Core2Duo is the upgraded version with higher processing speed and better FSB rates. This can drastically improve the performance.

    But some Core2 Duo processors are 32 Bit in nature, especially the entry level processors like T5250 - 1.5Ghz and T5450 1.66Ghz.

    It is interesting to note that these processors have 667Mhz FSB similar to Core Duo. However Core2 Duo has better scheduling algorithms involved and will reach faster access speeds.

    When you compare 1.8Ghz Core Duo and 1.8Ghz Core2 Duo, Core is not a match for Core2 and 30% better performance is met.

    So if its not a problem with the budget, go for Core 2 Duo without a doubt.
     
  17. odin243

    odin243 look at all the colors...

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    To be clear, Centrino Duo is the naming that Intel dubbed it's Napa platform and the consumer half of it's Santa Rosa platform. However some Santa Rosa machines (the professional half, specifically those with vPro I believe) are instead labeled Centrino Pro. Also, there is a difference in the Centrino Duo stickers depending on the specific chipset used (945G/Pm vs 965G/PM):
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    Don't forget that the lower end Core Duo's are now "Pentium Dual Core"s...
     
  19. sriram87

    sriram87 Newbie

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  20. nemt

    nemt Notebook Deity

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    Though I'm sure someone has already cleared it up, just in case:

    Centrino = Intel CPU + Intel chipset + Intel wifi

    Doesn't refer to any specific model, just any notebook with those three.
     
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