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T9900 processor?

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by jln319, Aug 10, 2009.

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  1. jln319

    jln319 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a T400. The only thing that I am still debating is the processor. They offer T9900 3.06GHz. The TDP is 35W so I imagine it sucks the life out of the battery... Does anyone know if this new processor is worth the extra? I've seen the specs but does anyone have one? Can't decide if I should just go with the P9500 or try out this new screamer... When I searched here I didn't find too much...
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    What are you planning on using your computer for? Unless you do CPU intensive calculations, you probably don't need a T9900. Most users only need 1GHz CPUs (as evident by SpeedStep being used majority of the time). Either way, P and T processors do not differ much. Again, most users run at idle or near idle on battery life (rarely do video editting and stressing their CPU on 100% load on the go), hence the battery life difference would be negligible between the two.
     
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    Today on the Lenovo site I see that the T9900 is $445 more than the base P8400. The T9900 is $295 more that the P9500 (2,53GHz). Good grief, buy an SSD instead. That will make far more difference unless you're doing CAD, video editing or something else that makes your use processor-dependent.
     
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    One more thing. Lenovo doesn't guarantee what SSD they will put in a new notebook, so I suggest not buying it from them. Get the generation 2 Intel X-25M, available in a few days. Use the old-fashioned HD that comes with the T400 as a backup drive in an external USB enclosure.
     
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    Thanks for the replys and advice...

    Not going to be using it for CAD or video editing. Probably will be doing some programming(java using eclipse as an editor) and database(MySql) stuff when I need to but not full time. Other than that maybe some initial photo work but nothing more than PS elements and then the usual everyday stuff.

    Sounds like the T9900 might be a bit much for my needs... I'll look into the SSD too.
     
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    Renee Notebook Virtuoso

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    It's insane to be giving "average user" advice without finding out his usage profile first. I always buy the fastest cpu I can get and always will. When I worked professionally, in the field I was a bench marker. CPU size has always been important to me.
     
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    T9900 is a bit overkill for the average person. A P series processor is still a fast processor. My T8100 is the first 45nm processor of Penryns and it runs almost twice the speed of my old Pentium M @ 1.8GHz.
     
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    can I go from a t8100 to a t9900? I do a mix of everything from school to heavy gaming on my laptop. The $300 they are now charging for a t9900 is well with in my budget.

    Is there a better processor that would take the place of the t8100 with out having to change my board?

    dell studio 1735
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  9. ZaZ

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    Is this for your Studio? It won't matter anyway cause you can't go from a T8100 to a T9900. Best you can do it a T9500.
     
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