Originally Posted by sh4078
The T2600 is much faster than the T2500. Anybody who says there is no difference either is being intentionally obtuse or simply has no understanding re: how cpu's work (among numerous other issues).
In simplest terms, the faster processing power is essential for gaming and other heavy processing tasks. Some of those tasks have been previously mentioned by some of our more learned posters.
Among other advantages, you will certainly realize a higher frame rate with games. Of course, if you play games (or use other applications) that do not require serious processing power -- this will not be a significant issue.
Note that if you are not using the computer for games or any other tasks requiring processing power, the T2500 is probably overkill as well. For those persons, a solo core may indeed be perfectly acceptable (and you can save even more money!!)
To claim "it does not make any difference" between a T2600 and T2500 is really just silly and is intellectually dishonest. Yes, it is more money. Yes, it will make your machine more powerful and faster. Yes, it is worth it if you require the processing power. People who purchased the T2500 or lesser powerful cpu's made purchasing decisions for machines "right" for them. That does not mean people who require something more powerful are wasting money. People with the T2500 (who claim there is no difference) need to get over themselves already, wake up, and stop letting jealousy impact sound intellectual thought.
wow, tell us how you really feel. Have any benchmarks to show what the $350 difference makes? I think we all know its faster, but most of us doubt the performance to price ratio.
Heck for $400 you can buy a 2.0yonah from newegg right now, so I would imagine half a year from now when anything could possibly start comming out where you would "need" the T2600 the price will have dramatically fallen.
But that doesnt matter, I still stick with the idea of getting a 1.86 or 2.0 and waiting to see what the merom does.