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T9300 vs. T9500 ~ Need advice!

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Prasad, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    I'm already getting the "Intel® 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB" in my new Sager when I buy it. But I was wondering about the "Intel® 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo T9500 2.6GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB" which comes for an extra $225. Now it has the same cache and the clock speed has a really tiny increase. Is this really worth it, because I might just be ready to spend for it. Nothing really special about it, right ? It's not Core 2 Extreme or anything?
    And a side question, what exactly is so special about core 2 extreme (other than higher clock speeds) ? Is it available as a notebook processor? And the quad core ?
     
  2. D_user1

    D_user1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    The extreme processors have unlocked multipliers, so you can overclock them by simply increasing the multiplier in the bios, this only works if the computer's bios supports it though.

    I don't think the T9500 is worth it, you'd be paying several hundred dollars more for a 0.1 ghz increase in the processor speed as compared to the T9300.
     
  3. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    So I thought...
     
  4. Leo7

    Leo7 Notebook Evangelist

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    There is nothing special about the T9500 compared to a T9300 except the extra 100mhz clock speed.

    It has to be one of the most pointless intel processors of all time.
     
  5. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    lol Maybe if it would have had a larger cache like 8MB it would have appealed to people bothering to buy it. But $225 for 100Mhz is just making me ROFLMFAO :p that's like $2.25 per Mhz :p LITERALLY.
     
  6. Fade To Black

    Fade To Black The Bad Ass

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    Same like others said, it is an useless upgrade. Sure, if you don't care about money you can get it, but you could say the same for the X9000.
     
  7. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    What's the X9000 ? And well, this thread confirms it. I'm going with the T9300, because I do care about money. :)
     
  8. D_user1

    D_user1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    The X9000 is an extreme processor, same FSB and L2 cache as the T9300 and T9500, but it's processor speed is 2.8 ghz and it can be overclocked.
     
  9. Leo7

    Leo7 Notebook Evangelist

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    To answer that question, quad cores aren't available in laptops yet, unless you get a laptop with a desktop processor because those do exist.

    Montevina, the 5th generation Centrino platform, is set to include the first notebook designed quad core processor. Montevina is due for release later this year.
     
  10. Fade To Black

    Fade To Black The Bad Ass

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    Partially true, because it will only be one, an extreme version and it will cost around 1k. Q3 or Q4 will bring more CPUs.
     
  11. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    Is it worth waiting then ? And how long would this wait be ? :confused: Also, would it be VERY expensive when released ? Or should I just make my purchase next month ? I really REALLY wanted quad...
     
  12. Leo7

    Leo7 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes, it will be VERY VERY expensive! the only quad core they are releasing is going to be an Extreme processor.

    Well Penryn only just came out so now is a good time to buy, don't expect montevina to be in consumer laptops for at least another 6 months.
     
  13. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    Montevina is coming in May. And if you don't get a quad core, at least you get a dual core using on 25w or less of power!
     
  14. TheGreatGrapeApe

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    Yeah I just hope (wish) they release a more pedestrian quad before the fall (when I plan on upgrading again), because a nice 2-2.5 ghz Quad would be perfect for editing without needing it to be 'extreme'.

    As for the original question, which was already answered, there's far ore productive ways to spend that $225 to make you system faster, heck even buying different software or blowing on an XFi (regardless of whether you notice the difference ornot) would be more worthy.

    Heck spending half that money on beer would make everything seem faster as your brain slows down. :cool:
     
  15. Fade To Black

    Fade To Black The Bad Ass

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    They will release cheaper quads until the end of 2008, that's for sure. It's going to probably be Q3 or early Q4, as some may think, but I'll stick to my Q4 (maybe very late 2008) prediction.
     
  16. TheGreatGrapeApe

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    Yeah I know eventually, I just prefer to get my new laptops before ski season starts and suddenly my money focus is elsewhere. ;)
     
  17. moon angel

    moon angel Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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  18. Fade To Black

    Fade To Black The Bad Ass

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    Agreed, the T9500 is way too expensive for 100Mhz extra.
    About your signature, Paris Hilton is ugly on the outside, not only the inside.
     
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    Eykal Notebook Geek

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    its not going to increase your performaance at all, i mean, like .01 fps, so it doesnt matter, its not worht it
     
  20. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    Yes ofcourse. T9500 is out of question. Thanks! :)
     
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