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Created On: 01/25/2006 11:39 AM
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 01/25/2006 11:39 AM
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camhello
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Howdy. I'm new here, and new to computers in general (it's been about 7 years since I bought my last one...).

I'm trying to decide which computer to buy, and the main difference I see is the processor chips. I'm going to get a laptop, and I'm trying to decide between an AMD Turion and an Intel Pentium 4.

The main thing for me is processor speed and RAM b/c I'm going to be using the computer as a mobile audio studio. RAM is easy enough - the more the better.

I'm interested in the Turion b/c it's a 64 bit processor so I can upgrade it to the new Windows, which I can't do w/ the Pentium. I was told that a 1.8 Ghz AMD chip (ML-32) performs the same as a Pentium 3.0 or 3.2 Ghz chip. Is this true, and if so, how do I get it to perform that fast?

AMD is cheaper than Intel, so I'm definitely into getting the most computer for my buck.

Any help is much appreciated. Thanx!!!!!!


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 01/25/2006 03:29 PM
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Welcome to the forums.
First on choosing between a Pentium 4 and a Turion I would take the turion, now when it comes to the Pentium M and a Turion it is a tossup in my opinion. A turion can compete with a pentium M, even though its mhz rating is lower because the amd turion does more proceses per clock cycle. So you have to do nothing to get the turion to perform the same as a pentium 4 except just use the computer.

Also as far as Windows Vista goes, I have heard that their will be a 32 bit version of the OS (from Kim Komando) though I can not confirm this at all. The 64 bit version will of course perform the best. And if you are worried about upgradeability at this moment, as you should, then the Turion is probably the better bet, even over the Pentium M.
 01/27/2006 04:59 AM
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QUOTE(camhello @ Jan 25 2006, 08:39 AM)I'm interested in the Turion b/c it's a 64 bit processor so I can upgrade it to the new Windows, which I can't do w/ the Pentium.  I was told that a 1.8 Ghz AMD chip (ML-32) performs the same as a Pentium 3.0 or 3.2 Ghz chip.  Is this true, and if so, how do I get it to perform that fast? 

AMD is cheaper than Intel, so I'm definitely into getting the most computer for my buck. 

Any help is much appreciated.  Thanx!!!!!!
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As bvchurch mentioned you dont need to increase the clock speed of the Turion to perform at the same speed as the Pentium 4. The Turion(or any AMD based processor) is built to basically do more work per clock cycle. So a Turion even though it has a frequency of only 1.8GHz has the capability of working as fast as a 3 - 3.2GHz Pentium 4.

In eessence clock speed is not an accurate measure of performance any more when comparing processors based on different architechtures. There are a whole lot of factors which influence performance but basically ends up in the same explanation I gave above.

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 01/27/2006 06:58 AM
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QUOTE(bvchurch @ Jan 25 2006, 09:29 PM)Welcome to the forums. 
First on choosing between a Pentium 4 and a Turion I would take the turion, now when it comes to the Pentium M and a Turion it is a tossup in my opinion.    A turion can compete with a pentium M, even though its mhz rating is lower because the amd turion does more proceses per clock cycle.  So you have to do nothing to get the turion to perform the same as a pentium 4 except just use the computer. 

Also as far as Windows Vista goes, I have heard that their will be a 32 bit version of the OS (from Kim Komando) though I can not confirm this at all.  The 64 bit version will of course perform the best.  And if you are worried about upgradeability at this moment, as you should, then the Turion is probably the better bet, even over the Pentium M.

There WILL be a 32-bit Vista... Can you imaging M$ giving up all those paying customers that don't have 64-bit yet ? Most of Intels and a good deal of AMD owner's, and simply put, the majority of PC owners

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