Oh good grief...
Originally Posted by Conpain
You kidding, right?
Let me see how fast a Pentium M is, when you run Seti, do some I/O operations and reading some funny postings. Don't forget, the Pentium M is simply a P3-M with gimmicks. And would you say, a P3 with the half MHz of a P4 would give the same scores? Even AMD's reverse engineered Pentium3 the "Athlon XP" couldn't matched with double rated "old" P4's.
Even the Dothan won't be P4 killer. More cache for an old core couldn't make dreams real. Or did you saw a wonder as the Barton (512k cache) replace the Thoroughbred B (256k cache)?
PS. sorry for my bad english
The Pentium M systems are pretty impressive when viewed holistically as a mobile system solution. Is it going to be faster in all things than a desktop CPU jammed into a laptop frame *NO* - in a lot of cases the Pentium M will lose in raw horsepower showdown.
But your Pentium M solution system will *still* be running 2-4 hours after the desktop based system has sucked the last bit of juice out of its battery.
The Pentium 4 and its 'gimmick' laden brother-in-law the P4 Extreme *are* faster processors than the Pentium M's. I think a lot of confusion comes about when folks try to compare the Pentium M to a desktop processor as an Apples to Apples comparison. Originally - the Pentium M was benchmarked and compared/contrasted to it's ugly cousin the Pentium 4Mobile. The Pentium M has been shown (by the majority of reviews I've seen anyway) to be a better *overall* MOBILE solution than the P4M.
What happened along the way is that reviewers started throwing desktop systems into the mix to compare/constrast how well the Pentium M did when compared to a *desktop* model. In many cases - the fastest Pentium M's did *quite well* - keeping up with (and in some cases - beating) mid range (2.6-2.8 or so) desktop systems.
Anyway - I think this has only confused matters a bit for folks that have trouble getting past the rated GHZ/MHZ mind skrew. People are so worried that they're not getting the fastest/bestest that they alot too much value to a single aspect of a system (namely the CPU speed.)
If all you plan on doing is LAN Gaming or using your Laptop as a slightly more portable desktop solution - then by all means - buy a P4 Desktop based system *now* - it will probably beat a Pentium M system in a raw frame-rate comparison any day of the week.
If you want a truly MOBILE solution - get a Pentium M 1.5GHZ or faster and don't look back as it will be a damn fine companion. Ask anyone that actually *owns* a Pentium M system and I think you'll see that few are complaining about performance...in applications *or* games.
So Pentium M owners need to get over it a little. Our systems are going to be slower than comparable desktop based portables. But not by damn much. Our systems arguably generate less heat though too and have significantly better battery life. It all comes back to what you want to do with your laptop.
If you just want a portable desktop and don't plan on moving your system around all that much then the desktop replacement systems with full on P4's are the way to go.
If you want a MOBILE solution - go with a Pentium M based system.