__/ [ Barry Watzman ] on Monday 08 May 2006 15:23 \__
> DougH wrote:
>> All other things being equal (disk,memory,etc.) is a Pentium-M
>> Processor 740 1.73GHz noticeably / significanlty faster than a
>> Celeron-M Processor 380 1.6GHz?
>> For browsing, email, office plus a bit of photo image processing, is it
>> worth the extra price?
> The numbers are supposed to represent an approximately linear
> relationship, and 740 is approximately twice 380. So yes, significantly
> But you may not notice the difference in office or web use, as such
> tasks are often not CPU bound.
The latter point is an important one. The amount of memory available, as
well as the operating system that you intend to use, will play a major
role. The applications likewise. Take, for example, a Web browser like
Firefox, which hogs a lot of memory as it builds upon the Java Runtime
Environment. Thunderbird for mail and OpenOffice likewise. Memory
management and scheduling of tasks is another matter. Your mileage may
vary depending on more factors than just processor speed. In the case of
gaming, there is graphics acceleration, as well.
Hope it helps,
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