Upgrading CPU from T3200 to T5800, is it worth the effort?

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  1. Fredline

    Fredline Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have the chance to swap my "Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200 (2.0GHz/667Mhz FSB/1MB cache)" for an "Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 (2.00GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)" basically for free(long story).
    And I just wondered if the performance gain is worth the effort.
    I'm assuming I'd have to do a fresh OS install afterwards, on both laptops. :eek:
    Any Opinions? Thanks in advance...
     
  2. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If it is free, why not :p It's a good learning experience IMO. But the performance difference would pretty much be negligible (maybe max 5% dif, not really something you would notice in any sort of day-to-day activities).
     
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    I think the only difference is the L2 cache, 1MB in the t3200 and 2MB in the T5800.
    Read this about L2 Cache
    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/cache.htm

    I think the upgrade would give you a nice bit of more performance. And if it's free you should go for it;)
     
  4. Mastershroom

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    You might as well go for it.

    And no, you won't have to reinstall anything for a new CPU. It's just plug and play. ;) I swapped CPU's myself just last month.
     
  5. bobnova

    bobnova Notebook Consultant

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    Nah, i'd sell the t5800 on ebay, personally.
    You're going to gain like 1-5% tops.
     
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    You won't notice any performance increase at all during normal usage.
     
  7. Fredline

    Fredline Notebook Enthusiast

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    How about instead of the T5800 I use a P8600...would that be worth the effort?
     
  8. bobnova

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    Sure, thats almost twice the bus speed, and .4ghz higher core speed.
     
  9. allfiredup

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    The P8400 or P8600 would definitely be quite a step-up from the T3200. Even a T6400 or T6600 would be. They're all Penryn (45nm) processors compared to the T3200 which is based on the older Merom (65nm) architecture. The T5800 is also a Merom chip.

    The T5800 and T6400 look identical on paper- 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2mb L2 cache, 35W TDP. But the differences between the 65nm Merom and 45nm Penryn architecture are substantial. The T6400 outperforms the T5800 by about 12% and uses 16% less energy (battery) also!
     
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    That's a nice upgrade, i was under the impression that transistor size didn't affect performance directly.
     
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