Yeah, I could care less if its 2.0ghz or 2.13ghz, not a big deal and I wouldn't even notice it. Price really isn't an issue, as the T43p is only about $700 more, and I'd probably spend at least $300-$350 upgrading the ram & hdd on the T43. I know Intel charges about $250 more jumping from the 2.0->2.13. It's a shame I can't find a 2.0ghz T43p w/14.1" screen. CTO has the T43p I'm looking for, but it's only offered as a 15"
The two items causing me to pause are:
1st Priority: GPU (Fire V3200 128MB (X600 for all practical purposes) vs X300 64MB)
2nd: Hard drive speed: 60GB 7200rpm vs 80GB 5400rpm.
This machine for all practical purposes is going to be used as my primary since I'm trying to retire a Dual Athlon 2400 system. Graphics concern me a bit as I'll be holding onto this laptop for at least 3+yrs and would like the option to install MS Longhorn when it comes out. Seems like the 128MB Fire v3200 would be about minimum for that OS.
While the X300 might work, the 64MB memory the minimum recommended for most stuff today. I also will have the T43/T43p docked and it will be outputting at least 1600x1200 DVI to my external LCD (hopefully higher res when those new 24" Dell LCD's come down some in price)
I'm also used to the fast U320SCSI & 15k rpm drives. I've got an Inspiron 8000 w/4200rpm hdd and it just CRAWLS. I know there's still no comparison between 7200 & 15000, but every little bit helps.
While popping in a 7k60 in the 266872U is an option, I've seen users posting on the forums that have had bios issues regarding these drives if they weren't purchased from IBM (IBM's damn white list affects HDD's & mPCI wireless
IBM's 60GB 7200rpm Part#13N6897 is $250. Storage space per say, isn't really an issue, as I've got a fileserver setup that can be accessed from anywhere. I just want the OS & programs on a rather fast disk.
The only thing that's really keeping me from the T43p is the allegedly increased noise & heat. How much louder it is vs the T43 is yet to be determined. IBM lists the T43 as 36dB and the T43p as 37dB. Anyone who's tried to quiet a computer knows that two systems can have the same dB rating, but different pitch and/or frequency can make one sound way louder than the other.
Maybe I'll just roll the dice