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Any DELL laptop deals on the horizon??

Hi, I notice that there haven't been any good DELL laptop deals for a while.

I'm looking to get a high spec Studio or XPS with a C2D 2.4 or 2.5 cpu. Any tip offs anyone??

Does anyone happen to know if there is a performance difference between the DELL studios and the DELL XPS systems? Is it just a cosmetic thing?

And also, would a desktop with the same cpu and ram normally run faster? I've never known why this is.

Thanks everyone in advance for the help!

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There shouldn't be much performance difference between desktops and difference laptops with the same CPU and memory, although there will be some as the motherboard has an impact on performance. I'd imagine the difference between the Studio and XPS range is cosmetic as well as things like build, screen and keyboard quality.

Desktop and laptops generally don't have the same CPU though, the laptop ones are usually lower power versions so the laptop battery lasts a while and the compact chassis doesn't get too hot.

Also, a desktop generally has a better hard drive which won't have any effect on CPU and memory intensive tasks but can make it feel more responsive in normal use.

Original Poster

ah i see. Thanks for that - always wondered!

EndlessWaves;5194521

... hard drive which won't have any effect on CPU and memory intensive … ... hard drive which won't have any effect on CPU and memory intensive tasks but can make it feel more responsive in normal use.



In any modern PC it's the HD which is the bottle neck, so a better HD makes all the difference especially on CPU and memory intensive tasks.

I once upgraded a desktop with a RAID 0 dual 10,000rpm HD configuration and it booted up in seconds, compared to a typical 35seconds before on a 7,200rpm HD.

HD's make all the difference :thumbsup:

Ryder

Original Poster

Ah cheers...I've noticed that most laptops are running 5200rpm hard disks. I'll keep an eye out for that now!

ryderage;5206211

In any modern PC it's the HD which is the bottle neck, so a better HD … In any modern PC it's the HD which is the bottle neck, so a better HD makes all the difference especially on CPU and memory intensive tasks. I once upgraded a desktop with a RAID 0 dual 10,000rpm HD configuration and it booted up in seconds, compared to a typical 35seconds before on a 7,200rpm HD.HD's make all the difference :thumbsup:Ryder



Booting isn't a very CPU intensive task, if you've got a CPU temperature monitor running on startup you'll see that after boot the temperatures don't go down and may even still be rising, in comparison you can easily see then shoot up by 20° in a few seconds when you start a CPU intensive program.
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