ette < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:
Yes, it's best not to close off avenues of choice. You may still end up
picking the Celeron or P4, but at least you looked at the alternatives.
The Celeron would definitely be faster than your old P3. There's no doubt
about that, but it's not really the criterion that you should be selecting
on. All modern systems will be faster than your old system. What your real
criterion should be is a comparison between modern systems, not your old P3
For example, that Celeron 2.8Ghz might only be as fast as a P4 2.0Ghz. Or it
might only be as fast as an Athlon 1900+. These are the modern system vs.
modern system comparisons.
I would suggest an Athlon XP-M vs. a regular Athlon XP, since you are
talking about a laptop system. Though you can build laptops using regular
desktop chips, actually putting them on your lap for even a brief period of
time will be a definite no-no. Intel also designates its laptop chips with
an "-M" designation (mobile), such as Pentium 4-M, Celeron-M, or Pentium-M.
The mobile chips are specially designed to be cooler and use less power than
desktop chips. I always found the idea of using a desktop chip in a laptop
to be a bit silly.
There are also other choices within the AMD family. You can also buy laptops
with the Athlon 64-M processor. This is AMD's latest generation mobile
processor. It is also interesting in that it is a 64-bit processor rather
than a 32-bit processor. Though it runs all existing 32-bit software, in
about a half a year, Microsoft will release a 64-bit version of Windows for
you to use on these processors. Intel will also copy this technology from
AMD at around that time.
Also as far as just Intel chips go, I would put a higher preference on
getting a Pentium-M processor rather than a Pentium 4-M or Celeron-M. The
Pentium-M is the processor that is the heart of what Intel calls the
Centrino platform. It is their coolest running processor, however it is
considerably more expensive than P4 or Celeron systems. Even though
"Pentium-M" sounds like it could be a lesser-generation processor than the
"Pentium 4-M", but don't get confused it's actually a newer generation
processor than the Pentium 4's.
One thing you should note too, although it really shouldn't be a factor in
your decision to buy a processor *today*, but Intel has decided to stop
producing all Pentium 4's within a year. It was finding that Pentium 4's
were running too hot even inside a desktop PC, and they decided that it
wasn't worth their time to keep producing them anymore. They will replace
their Pentium 4's with a desktop version of the Pentium-M (though it won't
be called a Pentium-M at that point, since it won't be a mobile processor,
maybe they'll call it a Pentium-D). So if the Pentium 4 is getting too hot
even for a desktop system, you can imagine how hot it's going to be inside a
laptop system! This affects Celeron systems too, since they are built on a
stripped down version of the Pentium 4. All Pentium 4's will be replaced by
Pentiums, and the Celerons will always be stripped down versions of whatever
is the flagship Pentium at that time.
Although the heat problem only gets really bad as you push the clock speed
of the Pentium 4 upwards, so the existing Pentium 4's should be just fine,
Pentium 4's in general run a lot hotter than other processors. Not a good
thing for a laptop.
Oh and another thing, as if there wasn