What is the deal with these laptop processors?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by EricDeB, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. EricDeB

    EricDeB Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2004
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm in the process of buying a laptop and I am very confused about the differences between all of these processors. What I have seen so far:

    Intel Celeron
    Intel Pentium M Centrino
    Intel Pentium M
    Intel Centrino
    Intel Pentium 4
    Intel Pentium 4 Mobile

    What is the difference here?! I'm going crazy. I mean I see one laptop that has like a Pentium 4 3.2 ghz and I think that has to be the best, but on the more powerful models they have Pentium M 1.6 ghz?? Can someone explain this to me. I'm looking to get a laptop more on the lines of a desktop replacement as I am kind of a power junky. Which processor should I be looking for?

    Thanks for clearing up this mess
    Eric
     
  2. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
    intel celeron - forget this, unless you want to spend the absolute minimum amount of money

    intel pentium 4 /intel pentium 4 mobile - fast processors, but the battery life is not great.

    all the rest - they all describe the same thing. "centrino" is not a processor, but a collection of technologies. if you get a pentium M processor, an intel pro wireless adapter, and either the intel 915 or the intel 855 chipset, then you have centrino technology. it's not really important, but if you get it, it's usually a good sign you have an efficient and light laptop.

    the one you want is the pentium M processor. ignore the GHz ratings, unless you are comparing within processor families. for example, the pentium 4 3.0 GHz is slower than the pentium M 770 (2.0 GHz) chip. doesnt make much logical sense, but it's true. you can't really compare GHz to GHz anymore, unless you are comparing different variations of the same type of chip.

    CJ
     
  3. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2000
    Messages:
    4,457
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Nice post Christ. Is Intel ever going to use that fancy Pentium M tech in their desktop processors?
     
  4. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
    actually, you can buy motherboards that support it right now. there are quite a few benchmarks of it. in fact, much unless you follow this sort of thing, it may come as a surprise to hear that NONE of intel's future processors are built upon the pentium 4's architecture, but the pentium M. it's a great processor, and not just for notebooks. i've been sort of an amd fan for a long time, but i'm in the process of buying my first ever notebook, and it's got the pentium M 760 processor in it. if the linux support is good, i'll be very happy with it!

    CJ
     
  5. EricDeB

    EricDeB Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2004
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Alright I'm going for the Pentium M thanks a ton!!
     
  6. Max Leung

    Max Leung Producer

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2000
    Messages:
    4,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Pentium M is a good choice - I used my friend's Centrino notebook a while ago, and it was frickin' fast and cool running. [​IMG]
     

Share This Page