[Question]Centrino 2 and Core 2 Duo

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  1. wixz

    wixz Notebook Consultant

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    Hi

    I got some question..
    what the different between Centrino 2 and Core 2 Duo
    i got it at some buyin and sellin forums. But it was at abbreviation
    -Cent2
    -C2D

    Here some example:
    Cent2 P8700
    C2D T6600
     
  2. computerstriker

    computerstriker Notebook Evangelist

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    Centrino is not a processor. It is an Intel Technology that is based on an Intel Chipset, Wi-Fi Card, and Processor. It is basically a bundle of Intel products that certifies it as Centrino.
    Core 2 Duo on the other hand is a processor that is used in Centrino platforms.
    And regards to your examples, P8700 is actually called C2D P8700 because that is actually the processor.
     
  3. wixz

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    so whats the different?
    so actually the speed of the processor of centrino2 and c2d is just the same?
     
  4. Cobra03

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    I am certian centrino 2 is the 45nm processors along with the PM45 chipset.
     
  5. H.A.L. 9000

    H.A.L. 9000 Occam's Chainsaw

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    Centrino 2 is the whole package. Centrino 1 was a 667-800Mhz front side bus package. Centrino 2 is the more modern package with Intel Integrated Graphics 4500 series, an Intel WiFi card, and Intel GM/PM45 Chipset. Basically Centrino refers to the combination of the three major components in a system that all have to be intel components, whereas Core 2 Duo is just the CPU designation.

    Example...
    This is a Centrino 2 System...
    Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
    Intel GM45 Express Chipset with 1066Mhz FSB
    Intel 5300 A/B/G/N WiFi Mini PCI-e

    If the system has a seperate discrete graphics card, for instance an NVidia or ATI graphics card then one can say the system is centrino 2 "based" but it cannot be sold with a "Centrino 2" sticker on the case.
     
  6. wixz

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    so if there is Said Centrino 2 it means that it got a integrated graphic cards?
     
  7. H.A.L. 9000

    H.A.L. 9000 Occam's Chainsaw

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    Yes. The only exception is it could be switchable graphics, like the ASUS UL80vt. See with that laptop it has an integrated Intel X4500mhd graphics card for long battery life, but when you want to game you can switch to the NVidia G210m card. Confusing, I know.
     
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    No. The ONLY difference between a Core 2 Duo and a Centrino 2 laptop if you have an intel Chipset is the inclusion of either a Intel 5100, 5300, 5150 or 5350 wifi card. THAT'S IT. It doesn't matter on discrete or integrated graphics.

    In fact, if you own a Centrino 2 laptop and remove the Intel WiFi card, the laptop will most likely go from the Centrino 2 logo in the BIOS screen to simply a Core 2 Duo logo.
     
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