T7100 1.8Ghz 2MB 800FSB vs T7200 2.0Ghz 4MB 667FSB

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  1. bluesyrio

    bluesyrio Notebook Guru

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    Hi,

    Maybe it's too soon to be able to evaluate this, but does it compensate to buy a new laptop with Santa Rosa T7100 1.8Ghz 2MB cache 800FSB compared to an "old" T7200 2.0Ghz 4MB Cache 667FSB? Does the overal improvement in the Santa Rosa platform make the T7100 a better option? Moreover, what is more import cache or FSB? Thanks.
     
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    Wh1t3w0lf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Santa Rosa doesn't bring any new cpu microarchitecture and when comparing same cpu architectures the most important factor is pure clock speed. Yes cache and FSB do make a diffrence in some usage scenarios but not something big enough to minimize the diffrence in clock speeds.

    So to answer your question the T7200 is still the better cpu. What you should really compare though is the old T7200 with the new T7300 as they both have 2Ghz clocks.
     
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    bluesyrio Notebook Guru

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    Thanks for your reply. If a model includes, for instance, Intel Robson, maybe the diference between the T7100 and T7200 in favour of the latter is not so important in overall performance. Or is it? And taking in consideration the Santa Rosa better power usage and other improved details could it make the T7100 a better choice?
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Have a read of Anandtech's preview of the new hardware. They didn't see big performance gains, but maybe the new technology was not fully working on thier preview machine.

    John
     
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    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Santa Rosa was not about processor speed, but the introduction of DX10 and potentially better graphic cards(the nVidia 8M and ATi x2m series). The upgrade to 800mhz FSB is potentially better, but not a massive increase.
     
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    Wh1t3w0lf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Intel Robson is designed to help the hard disc work better/more efficiently, it doesn't help the cpu at all.

    As the other guys said read the Anandtech article and decide yourself if you really need the improved details of Santa Rosa. Some of them might be useless or simply not working as they should because they are new. And ofcourse it all depends on how much it costs. For example you might be able to buy a Santa Rosa laptop with a T7300 cpu (2Ghz) for the same amount of money you would buy a non Santa Rosa laptop with a T7200(2Ghz also). In this case yes Santa Rosa is the better choice!
     
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    bluesyrio Notebook Guru

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    That's the priority for gamers. For people who use it to work it is perhaps the better power management (battery?) and Turbo Intel Memory (and supposed faster performance in general as well with the 800FSB, etc), better wireless and maybe something else I'm missing. I think for a change people should try to view things on other people's angle as well. :p

    Anyhow, my question was not really about processor speed if you read it carefully. It was if the difference is big enough between those two to make it relevant, more specifically if the new stuff in the Santa Rosa make it worthwhile, or not, to choose a lower CPU compared to a better one that does not come in a Santa Rosa platform.

    Wh1t3w0lf (and John as well), thanks for your answers. That's the kind of advice I was seeking.
     
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