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    Question Processor choices

    In the old days you just took what came next:

    Pentium Pro
    Pentium II
    Pentium III
    Pentium 4
    Pentium D
    Pentium M

    Yet today this is a list of processors available for laptops:

    AMD Athlon
    AMD Athlon Neo
    AMD Athlon x2 Dual Core
    AMD V-Series
    AMD Athlon II X3
    AMD Phenom II X3
    AMD Turion x2 Dual Core
    AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual Core

    Intel Celeron Mobile
    Intel Celeron Dual Core
    Intel Pentium Dual Core
    Intel Core Duo
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    Intel Core i3
    Intel Core i5
    Intel Core i7

    What is the difference between AMD and Intel? What does Athlon, Phenom and Turion actually mean? The same goes for Celeron, Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7? Is there going to be a Core i1, Core i2, Core i4 or Core i6?

    Is it all just branding and marketing? Will a teacher who just does Word and Powerpoint actually know what their laptop's processor can actually do?

    Today I saw in a shop with laptops on sale for just £280 +VAT:
    Processor AMD V-Series V120 2.2GHz (3200MHz Bus) (512MB cache)
    Ram 2GB
    Hard Drive SATA 250GB
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Screen 15.6"
    Graphics ATI radeonHD 4250 (Shared)
    DVD Plays & records CDs and DVDs
    Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
    USB: 2 slots
    Weight 2KG

    The only thing missing would be three years NBD warranty.

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    Go intel at the moment. Esp the i series.

    You've got it in the order of age. The i7 is the top end stuff from intel and is the quickest.

    As for just doing word/excel/powerpoint on a laptop, you really don't need the power of the i series, but its good to have. I'm not a big fan of the AMD processors atm, intel seem to be better, but that's just me.

    2gb of RAM isn't really enough for Win 7, look for a laptop with 3 or 4gb.

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    Difference between AMD and Intel? The same as between any two competing companies - they produce products which compete in each level of the market place, from budget to high end (though AMD has nothing to rival the i7 series). The difference between the names of the current processors is usually based around FSB speeds, cache, socket and voltage (Intel), hyper-transport speeds, cache and mobility (AMD).

    If you're just using office apps, the teachers shouldn't care, whatever you go for. Only when you're starting to look at raw performance, whether it's for graphics rendering, number crunching, or for specific features like virtualisation technology, built in GPU, that you really need to know what they all offer.

    That laptop is a Billy bargain, but for school use you'll need Win 7 Pro which should be easy enough with a licencing agreement. I disagree about the RAM requirements; 7 will run fine on 2GB - more so than Vista.

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