Considering replacing my T4500 with a T9300 - do you think it would be worth paying ~$60 for the extra 5mb L2 and 200mhz? How much difference in performance could I expect?
Thanks for your reply!
It is indeed mostly used for general browsing/chatting/videos etc but I also regularly have it running stuff like Chemdraw and eNotebook (this means I have sql server running all the time also).
I also do work in Photoshop and in Cubase, while I save this for the desktop pc generally, there are times when I like to do this stuff on the lappy.
Didn't realise the T9300 may be better with power usage, that would indeed be a big plus.
The big question though is whether that + possible performance increase is worth the ~$60 upgrade..
It's a HP Compaq 621 -> http://apcmag.com/notebookhunter/compaq-presario-621-xy413pa.htm
Picked it up earlier in the year on special for about $480 (with bag), needed something for uni and didn't wanna spend alot of money so it was perfect. I put 8gb of DDR3 1333mhz in there for $64 a couple of months ago and that made a world of difference, I've got the upgrade bug now so am looking at cpu hehe. Obviously the gpu sucks but I don't think I need any better for what I do..
Sounding like the upgrade is worth it. The chips go for about $85 second hand off ebay (delivered to Aus, much less to US), and second hand T4500s go for about $25 so if I sell my old one that makes a ~$60 upgrade.. Giving me a 15.6" lappy with 8gb DDR3 1333, 2.5GHz 6mb L2 C2D and dedicated 512mb gpu for about $600 - not bad I think
Thanks for your feedback. If anyone else has any comments please add them.
Arrived today and I've just put it in - installation was a breeze it's running great!
Things are looking good; temps are 36-37 idle and 68 load (prime95 small FFTs) before the thermal compound's even started to break in. I haven't had a chance to assess any performance increase, but boot time seemed a little faster