Peter Darby

Dell M6400 Processor Choice

Discussion created by Peter Darby on Feb 4, 2009
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2009 by Christopher Mueller
Hi all,
I've been contemplating getting a mobile workstation. For better or worse I'm looking at Dell; good performance from them in the past. I'm after solid performance over a three year payback. And looking at getting a better graphics card or additional ram with money 'saved'.

What processor to select? Is there a bottleneck that lays hidden in the choice between cache ram speed/size, graphics card size or a disc speed that needs to be addressed to solid performance for the money spent?

The lower priced/spec'ed processors have a lower cache. Is that all there is in the decision? The easiest additional spend is the $130; the $380 not so bad; the $690 seems a bit steep.

intel processor summmary specs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...ore_2_microprocessors

Dell reference:
http://configure.us.dell.com/d...c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04

Dell's options in processors are (Coretm 2 Duo ) in $USD:
P8400 (2.26GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core [Included in Price]
P8600 (2.40GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core [add $60]
P8700 (2.53GHz 3M L2 Cache, 1066MHz) Dual Core [add $60]
T9400 (2.53GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core [add $130]
T9550(2.66GHz 6M L2 Cache, 1066MHz) Dual Core [add $130]
T9600 (2.80GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core [add $380]
T9800 (2.93GHz 6M L2 Cache, 1066MHz) Dual Core [add $380]
X9100 (3.06GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1067MHZ) Dual Core [add $690]
Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB) [add $890]

Realise this is a bit detailed, but if i'm going to commit to a high end mobile workstation I dont want to throw the money away and live with the consequences for three years.

Thanks in advance

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