Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Processor Comparison

  1. #1
    Big Member BlindMelon7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,190
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Processor Comparison

    Just a quick (and probably stupid) question. How do these core 2 duo mobile processors compare to our old desktop components? I haven't really been keeping up with things, and the last time I looked, laptops were insanely slow.

    I'm looking at probably a t6400 or a t8600 if I need it, compared to an old AMD s393 3200+ (overclocked to about 2.5ghz) which currently runs at a steady 90% with the occasional drop-out (running audio processors live). I need to replace the desktop with laptop for convenience, because I take it to gigs.

    Thanks a lot!

    (BTW hello everyone! I haven't been on in a while. I hope you're all well )
    With love and many thanks,

    Melons

  2. #2
    YUKIKAZE arthurleung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    3,280
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    88 times in 83 posts
    • arthurleung's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5E (Rampage Formula 0902)
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 3.6Ghz 1.2V
      • Memory:
      • A-Data DDR2-800 2x2GB CL4
      • Storage:
      • 4x1TB WD1000FYPS @ RAID5 3Ware 9500S-8 / 3x 1TB Samsung Ecogreen F2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GeCube HD4870 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair VX450
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Server 2008 Standard
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp 2709W + 2001FP
      • Internet:
      • Be*Unlimited 20Mbps

    Re: Processor Comparison

    The mobile processor is exactly the same as the desktop one, except the FSB and memory speed is usually lower. Compare the cache size with the current desktop processors should equates to identical performance.

    Note that many laptop's power supply voltage is far less regulated than desktop and you'll get a lot of noise in the laptop audio ports.

    That shouldn't be a problem if you don't use the built-in audio capability.
    Workstation 1: Intel i7 950 @ 3.8Ghz / X58 / 12GB DDR3-1600 / HD4870 512MB / Antec P180
    Workstation 2: Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz / X38 / 4GB DDR2-800 / 8400GS 512MB / Open Air
    Workstation 3: Intel Xeon X3350 @ 3.2Ghz / P35 / 4GB DDR2-800 / HD4770 512MB / Shuttle SP35P2
    HTPC: AMD Athlon X4 620 @ 2.6Ghz / 780G / 4GB DDR2-1000 / Antec Mini P180 White
    Mobile Workstation: Intel C2D T8300 @ 2.4Ghz / GM965 / 3GB DDR2-667 / DELL Inspiron 1525 / 6+6+9 Cell Battery

    Display (Monitor): DELL Ultrasharp 2709W + DELL Ultrasharp 2001FP
    Display (Projector): Epson TW-3500 1080p
    Speakers: Creative Megaworks THX550 5.1
    Headphones: Etymotic hf2 / Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro

    Storage: 8x2TB Hitachi @ DELL PERC 6/i RAID6 / 13TB Non-RAID Across 12 HDDs
    Consoles: PS3 Slim 120GB / Xbox 360 Arcade 20GB / PS2

  3. #3
    Big Member BlindMelon7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,190
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Sorry if I didn't explain properly. I meant how would the mobile processor compare to my 3200+ desktop which I use at the moment? The problem is my desktop is not only too slow (as it is running at a constant 80%+) but it is also too bulky to use/set-up at gigs.

    I would, of course, be using an external sound card
    With love and many thanks,

    Melons

  4. #4
    Gundam Infinite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Southport
    Posts
    1,647
    Thanks
    150
    Thanked
    122 times in 93 posts
    • Infinite's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI GD80
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 750
      • Memory:
      • Kingston 16GB
      • Storage:
      • 120GB OCZ Agility 3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 460 SLI
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX 650W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone TJ09B-W
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Pro - 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2309W
      • Internet:
      • Infinity

    Re: Processor Comparison

    over 10 times as fast.

  5. #5
    Big Member BlindMelon7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,190
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Sweet! Literally?

    I wonder why people bother upgrading so much? My PC will do just about anything. Its fast, responsive (mostly because its REALLY clean). I run 2 instances of Amplitube (a guitar amp sim), 3 channels of vocal FX (reverb, delay, compression, eq etc) and roughly 12/13 softsynths/samplers with mostly no problems (apart from the occasional click). Not only that, but I can play every game I have thrown at it at a fairly reasonable quality level (for my little screen anyway).

    So I probably don't need to go for the t8600? At the moment I am looking at a Dell (studio 15, with 3gb ram, a 7200rpm HD and the cheapest dedicated GFX I can get to avoid on-board graphics problems).

    Although I'm starting to have second thoughts about dell, I've heard they are not very reliable. It won't exactly be looked after very well. I try, but it's going to get knocked about a bit (it's inevitable on-stage when you are setting up in a hurry).

    Edit: Do we have a dell representative here willing to ease my doubts with a hefty discount?
    Last edited by BlindMelon7; 19-05-2009 at 10:37 PM.
    With love and many thanks,

    Melons

  6. #6
    YUKIKAZE arthurleung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    3,280
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    88 times in 83 posts
    • arthurleung's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5E (Rampage Formula 0902)
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 3.6Ghz 1.2V
      • Memory:
      • A-Data DDR2-800 2x2GB CL4
      • Storage:
      • 4x1TB WD1000FYPS @ RAID5 3Ware 9500S-8 / 3x 1TB Samsung Ecogreen F2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GeCube HD4870 512MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair VX450
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Server 2008 Standard
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp 2709W + 2001FP
      • Internet:
      • Be*Unlimited 20Mbps

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Won't be 10 times, more like twice, may be 3 times as fast. It also dependent on if the program you're using is multi-threaded. If not, the gain will be 50~100% at most. Running two instances should be enough to get decent performance
    Workstation 1: Intel i7 950 @ 3.8Ghz / X58 / 12GB DDR3-1600 / HD4870 512MB / Antec P180
    Workstation 2: Intel C2Q Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz / X38 / 4GB DDR2-800 / 8400GS 512MB / Open Air
    Workstation 3: Intel Xeon X3350 @ 3.2Ghz / P35 / 4GB DDR2-800 / HD4770 512MB / Shuttle SP35P2
    HTPC: AMD Athlon X4 620 @ 2.6Ghz / 780G / 4GB DDR2-1000 / Antec Mini P180 White
    Mobile Workstation: Intel C2D T8300 @ 2.4Ghz / GM965 / 3GB DDR2-667 / DELL Inspiron 1525 / 6+6+9 Cell Battery

    Display (Monitor): DELL Ultrasharp 2709W + DELL Ultrasharp 2001FP
    Display (Projector): Epson TW-3500 1080p
    Speakers: Creative Megaworks THX550 5.1
    Headphones: Etymotic hf2 / Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro

    Storage: 8x2TB Hitachi @ DELL PERC 6/i RAID6 / 13TB Non-RAID Across 12 HDDs
    Consoles: PS3 Slim 120GB / Xbox 360 Arcade 20GB / PS2

  7. #7
    Gundam Infinite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Southport
    Posts
    1,647
    Thanks
    150
    Thanked
    122 times in 93 posts
    • Infinite's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI GD80
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 750
      • Memory:
      • Kingston 16GB
      • Storage:
      • 120GB OCZ Agility 3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 460 SLI
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX 650W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone TJ09B-W
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Pro - 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2309W
      • Internet:
      • Infinity

    Re: Processor Comparison

    lol sry, that was a joke, yeh probably anywhere between 2 - 3 depending on application, maybe even up to 4 if you're lucky.

    Thanks Arthur!

  8. #8
    Big Member BlindMelon7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,190
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Yeah, I thought that was too good to be true. Still, that more than enough for me

    Considering my processor was about £60 back in the day I think it stood the test of time pretty well. Who actually NEEDS that amount of power anyway? Apart from me
    With love and many thanks,

    Melons

  9. #9
    Not a good person scaryjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    15,021
    Thanks
    1,191
    Thanked
    2,239 times in 1,842 posts
    • scaryjim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell Inspiron
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 8250U
      • Memory:
      • 1x 8GB DDR4 2400
      • Storage:
      • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon R5 230
      • PSU:
      • Battery/Dell brick
      • Case:
      • Dell Inspiron 5570
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15" 1080p laptop panel

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by BlindMelon7 View Post
    Who actually NEEDS that amount of power anyway? Apart from me
    Do you want a serious list or a jokey list?

    At work the analysts deal with complex calculations on datasets of > 100 fields and > 1,000,000 (had to add commas to make sure I got enough 0s) records. There's a noticable difference between a P4 analysis machine and a Core 2 one (we have both in the office).

    Of course, as a humble programmer none of that affects me directly. But they could probably all do with a significant upgrade now (preferably to something like an E8500, because a lot of their stuff is single threaded...).

  10. #10
    Big Member BlindMelon7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,190
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post

    Re: Processor Comparison

    Fair enough! I didn't really think of it from a business sense. I was thinking more along the lines of a home user. I suppose we have to keep bringing out new things otherwise nothing would ever progress, and by the time we come up with some home-use software that actually NEEDS 4 cores we have the hardware in place already. That and you gotta make money somehow

    What's the general consensus on these Studio 15s then? Or shall I start a new thread on that.

    Cheers!
    With love and many thanks,

    Melons

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •