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T9600 vs T9900

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by QuadAllegory, May 5, 2009.

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  1. QuadAllegory

    QuadAllegory Notebook Deity

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    I've got a T9600 in my Dell SXPS 16 and was wondering if I bought a T9900 down the road (it's the most my laptop can upgrade) if it would make this computer a little snappier and basically extend it's life to last longer without needing replacement.
     
  2. namaiki

    namaiki Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    2.8GHz -> 3.06GHz; you probably would not notice the difference.

    In my opinion, you would be better off purchasing a SSD instead, when the prices come around.
     
  3. RainMotorsports

    RainMotorsports Formerly ClutchX2

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    I doubt at this time the price would make it a worthy upgrade. The T9600 sells for 550 dollars on new egg and I don't know if the T9900 will be mas retail or not just spotted one on ebay for 450. If the price comes down you might find one cheap used later on or something.

    With decent ram the T9600 should overclock upwards of 3.2 Ghz I will tell you soon, as I'm gonna drop one in my laptop in about a week.
     
  4. David

    David NBR Random Reviewer NBR Reviewer

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    I recently upgraded from a T9600 to a X9100 (exactly the same as T9900 but with higher TDP). I found there was a little performance bump, especially in CPU intensive tasks such as working with photoshop, but if you're going to be using it for basic apps, it might not be worth your while to upgrade your CPU just yet.
     
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    arrow1234 Notebook Enthusiast

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    do t9600 and t9900 fit on macs? just curious
    and are u using socket P ?
     
  6. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    AFAIK, the current mac notebooks use BGA package cpu's which are soldered to the motherboard, not socketed and hence cannot be upgraded.
     
  7. Darth Bane

    Darth Bane Dark Lord of the Sith

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    If you do upgrade, i would highly suggest buying from ebay. Any other place (like newegg) will sell it for much, much higher...
     
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    weirdo81622 Notebook Evangelist

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    I recently made the same upgrade as David as well, and it does make a small, but noticeable, difference. I sold my T9600 to offset the cost, and ended up paying a total of $30 for the X9100 (es) upgrade. If you'll spend anything more than $75 on the upgrade, it's not worth it.
     
  9. MexicanSnake

    MexicanSnake Juay de rito?

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    In my case I would save the money :).

    YAY 300th post!.
     
  10. Evoss-X

    Evoss-X Notebook Deity

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    I replaced P8400 with T9800 and
    Sold P8400 so T9800 cost me 140 pounds
    Its better performance ..
    I still can sell T9800 for more and buy T9900 .. :)
     
  11. ajreynol

    ajreynol Notebook Virtuoso

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    anyone think it'd be worth upgrading a T9550 (2.66) to the T9900 (3.06)?

    I mostly work with photoshop, 3d design, and the occasional bleeding-edge game.

    enough difference to make it worth the investment? or not until the prices drop?
     
  12. MexicanSnake

    MexicanSnake Juay de rito?

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    @ajreynol I would wait a few months but I guess that you would see a decent difference in speed. :)
     
  13. ajreynol

    ajreynol Notebook Virtuoso

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    Will do. thanks! :D

    well, another question: I know the prices will drop, but...I'm guessing I could sell the T9550 for ~$200, making the total T9900 investment right now around $210.

    that's if I sold the T9550 today and bought the T9900 today.

    a few months down the road, do you think that selling the T9550 and buying the T9900 will be less than that new $200 spent? Or will the T9550 lose more relative value? I've read people saying that they expect this to be Intel's last C2D processor and might not see a heavy number of them made. That might keep the price relatively high, no?
     
  14. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Typically, high end processors do not get cheaper, in fact they tend to be just as expensive if not more. Check out older processors such as T9500 or T7700/T7800 on eBay. 400MHz (~15%) is a pretty decent increase, though you probably won't notice any difference in gaming.
     
  15. ajreynol

    ajreynol Notebook Virtuoso

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    gotcha.

    so probably better to bite soon if I'm going to bite.

    also, is it not 400MHz x 2 worth of performance increase? or is that not how the addition works?
     
  16. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Yes, technically both cores are faster by 400MHz but because each core is 15% faster, doesn't linearly translate to 30% better overall. You can check out benchmarks of programs that take advantage of multicores and see how CPUs scale up.
     
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    wlepse Notebook Consultant

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    OK...I too have an SXPS 16 and I have been looking around at potential upgrades and was wondering how the OP knew the system was limited to a T9900? I have been trying to find a website that had such upgrade info but nothing is all that clear to me. I was just going to go with the default max Dell offers but wondering if there is a better way of determining what is possible.
     
  18. ajreynol

    ajreynol Notebook Virtuoso

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    hate to ask, but...you wouldn't happen to know where I could find such benchmarks?
     
  19. QuadAllegory

    QuadAllegory Notebook Deity

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    Because of power requirements, the T9900 is the fastest/best CPU the SXPS 1640 will take. It's 35watts like the T9800 (2.93ghz). The X9100 and Q9100 are 45watts, and they also create more heat.
     
  20. wlepse

    wlepse Notebook Consultant

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    So is the SXPS limited on how much power it can supply or how much heat it can dissapate?
     
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