Hey, I run BOINC on my laptop!
Quad cores are cool in that you can run three separate BOINC work units and have an extra core to do real work. But that has to drain a battery, not that I ever use mine.
About the HDD issue, have you seen that Samsung
is making a lappy with 32GB flash drive? And some companies are going to do hybrids, part flash part HDD for things like booting and applications startup. When flash media drops in price, things will be good. Instant boot!
One thing I don't get about these forums is it seems all that everyone is concerned with is gaming on their laptops. Does anyone get any work done around here?
But seriously folks, I travel a lot and need my laptop to run as fast as possible in things like video encoding, which is why I just bought a T7400 ES! That's a 50% increase in CPU-related tasks. And BTW gamers, the only game I ever play on my lappy is UT 2004, and that will
see an improvement, since it is not GPU-limited on a 7900gs.
Originally Posted by Storm PCs
Quad cores are not going to be faster than dual cores except in extreme number crunching
(folding, SETI, etc...). In fact, most of the programs we run today would probably run slower. They will definitely not help video games (although a properly written chess program could be crazy).
Quad cores for a laptop is just plain stupid. Maybe some day it could make sense, but not with the technology and programs in use today.
Quad cores will be best for scientific workstations and folding/SETI type applications. For everyone else it will just be more marketing BS.
Instead of these idiots making faster CPUs (in order to drain as much $$$ from as many people as possible) I'd like them to attack the real speed problem. SLOW HARDDRIVES!!! CPUs are so fast now that getting a faster one does nothing since we still have this crappy HD technology.