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Topic Title: Sempron or Pentium M ? Help !
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Created On: 11/12/2006 10:46 AM
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 11/12/2006 10:46 AM
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I am in dire need of some expert advice regarding Sempron processors. I've tried without much luck to find detailed information and competitive analysis on Sempron versus Pentium M. I have to make a decision very soon between two laptops from the same manufacturer. The laptops are basically identical with the exception of the processor (and of course chipset/motherboard). So the question is really this.... which would be better in terms of performance (speed and power consumption) .... a Sempron 3500+ 1.8GHz 512K cache or a Pentium M 1.7GHz 2MB cache ?

I am completely new to AMD CPU's and am concerned about making the switch from Intel without adequate details about Semprons.

Thanks in advance for any insight...


P.S. In case it matters, the two laptops in question are Dell Inspirons: B130 and the new Dell 1501. Due to a sales mixup, I have been given the option of keeping the B130 which I just purchased - or sending it back in exchange for a new 1501. However I need to make up my mind in a few days. HELP!!!
 11/12/2006 02:16 PM
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The performance of the Sempron 3500+(1.8GHz, 512K cache) should be equivalent to the Turion64 ML 32(1.8GHz, 512K cache) considering they share the same architecture. Only difference between the two is that the Sempron 3500+ is capable of supporting the newer DDR2 memory. With that in mind search the web for reviews for the Turion64 ML 32 and from my experience the performance with a Pentium M 1.7GHz will be very similar.

Here's a review which might help...

HP Pavilion TX2500..AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86, 3GB DDR2 800, 320GB 5400rpm SATA, ATi Radeon HD3200/M780G.
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