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    Default Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I'm trying to decide between buying the A100-OFH (Core Duo 1.6) or A100-SK4 (Core Solo 1.86). They are exactly the same except for the processor and the Duo also has 20gig more HD. The price difference is $150.

    My usage is web browsing, downloading bitTorrents (mp's, videos, movies), listening to music, copying CD's, copying DVD's (ripping, encoding, etc. using DVD Shrink), and some office productivity software. No games or graphical intenstive programs. When I do download files or encode DVD's I like to do other things in the background (mostly web browsing).

    So, from what I know, duo core shines for encoding and multi-tasking. I was leaning toward this processor for the extra money since I want DVD encoding times to be as quick as possible (not sure just how much faster compared to the Core Solo). BUT, I have also heard that the core duo is actually SLOWER in straight forward simple processes like web surfing, etc. This is why i'm confused as to which processor to purchase.

    Furthermore, I don't know how to compare the 2 because they are different speeds.

    Any advice/recommendations/help is truely appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    The Core Duo outperforms the Core Solo by far, especially for multitasking.
    The $150 increase is well worth it.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    As you have said, you run many programs at one time. Therefore Core Duo will probably be the processor of choice. You may think that the Solo is faster. Well, yes it may be slighly faster, but its certainly not noticible.

    Futhermore, the Duo can handle multiple programs, better than Solo. It also comes with a larger hard disk, and as you have pointed out, you download stuff, so that may come in handy.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I have to agree. Get the Duo, the extra core will help out even in single threaded apps since the OS overload can be handled by the other core while your single threaded applications run on the other. Moreover the difference between the 1.6GHz Duo and the 1.86GHZ Solo will be negligible in single threaded applications and is more than powerful enough to handle web surfing anf such mundane things.
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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    Very excellent...thanks for your replies! Looks like the core duo would be more appropriate for my usage and warrants the extra $150. I guess the 20gig HD is just a bonus.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I got the Duo and noticed that it runs way HOTTER than the Solo I returned.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I did an encoding comparison between the two using the exact same DVD, software, everything. Get this - the 1.86 Core Solo was TWO minutes faster than the Core Duo! Wow!

    I also notice everything being just a tad faster with the Solo...windows opening, etc. I haven't ran 2 programs simulaneously so I figure that's where the Duo would shine. But overall, i'm pretty impressed with the Solo compared to the Duo

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I had the exact same decision to make recently. I went with the duo, because i often have several programs open, and get annoyed when things start to lag. I have not had the ability to make any fair comparisons though to solo core notebooks. Everybody just seems to reccomend that multitasking = duo, so i went with that.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    I think the reason why so many people recommend the Duo is because its the pretty much the same price as the Solo, but it has 2 cores. In a year, or maybe more, programs will be able to handle more cores, and it'll be better if you've got yourself a multi-core processor by then, because single cores, just won't cut it.

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    Default Re: Core Duo 1.6ghz VS Core Solo 1.86ghz

    Yeah but by then, even the duo won't be fast enough (1.6 will be too slow), so since we're talking about the future, i'd stay with the Solo. But for present needs, not future...prices are going to keep going down, so i'd say buy the cheapest one that will make your present needs satisfied. Core 2 Duo is coming out (or already out recently) and quad's are on their way. I have no plans to upgrade to Vista any time soon and i've already proven for myself that the Solo 1.86 is faster for MY needs. There are some pretty good explanations on why Solo is better than Duo for the next while on Google.

 

 
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