P8700 or T9400...which one, how much does it matter?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Crunch, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Crunch

    Crunch Guest

    Hey guys

    The Intel P8700 is a Core 2 Duo, 3MB L2 cache, 1,067MHz-FSB, wherea

    The T9400is a Core 2 Duo, 3MB L2 cache, 1,067MHz-FSB

    The only difference is the L2 cache. 3MB vs. 6MB, as far as I know. However, what's with the Pxxx vs. Txxx?? Is there any other difference based on that

    Thanks everyone! :)

    Post Originated from http://www.VistaForums.com Vista Support Forums
    Crunch, Jul 31, 2009
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    Bill Daggett Guest


    Hey Crunch,

    Not a Vista question. Find a hardware group for this.
    Bill Daggett, Jul 31, 2009
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  3. And looking on Intel's website was too much trouble for you ?
    add them to the Compare Queue and then have a look.
    There area couple of technical differences and one major usage/scenario
    Mike Brannigan, Jul 31, 2009
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    Eric Guest

    really? which one has 6MB? you wrote 3MB for both.

    To compare 2 CPUs from the same manufacturer, check the manufacturer's
    Eric, Jul 31, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Bill.

    It wasn't Crunch's fault. He posted it to VistaForums. The "forum" relayed
    it to THIS newsgroup on the Microsoft public news server - apparently
    choosing the newsgroup at random. Crunch probably had no idea his message
    would be relayed to ANY newsgroup.

    It sure is frustrating having to deal with all these out-of-the-blue
    bare-naked posts from various "forums" somewhere on the World Wide Web,
    isn't it. :>(

    And no matter how well or how many times we explain it, the next newbie
    along hasn't gotten the word. And other readers in these newsgroups don't
    understand how these frequent naked, off-topic posts get here. So we try to
    give an intelligent, helpful response, that too often does no good at all.

    Just like this message, which I'm working so hard on. It will scroll off in
    a day or two and nobody will remember it. :>(

    Whose idea was it to let "forums" relay posts to the Usenet, anyhow?

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100

    R. C. White, Jul 31, 2009
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    Eric Guest

    What a strange idea.

    1) vistaforums.com has 4 sections. One of them is actually called "Vista
    Newsgroups" and shows the name of the group under each. I would guess only
    that section is relayed here.

    2) This newbie apparently thought this was a general question, which could
    be a common mistake since it's the first group listed. Everything is
    general if you don't bother to look beyond the general to see if there's a
    specific one which applies. On vista related groups, I'd list this question
    under microsoft.public.windows.vista.hardware_assessment.

    3) Is vistaforums.com also run by Microsoft, or could they be allowing some
    independant group to link to their newsgroups?

    Eric, Jul 31, 2009
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    nomore Guest

    The real world answer you will not get from Intel's web site: there is no
    performance difference you will see between these two CPUs.
    All things being equal, for example clock speed, the CPU with the larger
    on-board cache should perform better in measurements.
    All things are not equal, particularly in lower end laptops, because of
    issues related to hard drives, chip sets, RAM etc.
    These issues are particularly relevant for Vista because it is such a
    bloated, inefficient resource hog. Low end laptop vendors package Vista 64
    on these machines because that extra gb of RAM may make up for some of the
    inefficiency of the OS.
    nomore, Jul 31, 2009
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    Eric Guest

    I wouldn't say "no performance difference" but I agree the performance
    difference wouldn't be noticeable to the average user.
    At least for the average user, CPU speed is one of the least important specs
    these days.

    If there's a choice between a 2GHz dual dore with 4GB RAM or a 2.5GHz dual
    core with 2GB RAM, go with the 2GHz.

    If there's a choice between a 2GHZ CPU for $99 or a 2.5GHz CPU for $119
    (hypothetical comparison without checking current real world prices), you
    might want to save your money.

    Cache size is one significant difference, architechture is another. I've
    heard for instance a "core duo" is faster than a "dual core".
    I didn't even look at CPU speed when I bought my PC earlier this year. I
    assumed the speed would be sufficient because it had all the other specs I
    was looking for. I don't know how much you'd notice the difference on RAM
    speed either.

    Real questions to ask for PC purchase:
    desktop or laptop?
    what OS?
    single, duo, quad core?
    how much RAM?
    wireless-G? N?
    CD drive? CDRW? DVD? DVDRW? Blu-ray?
    hard drive size?
    screen size?
    full keyboard? (most laptops leave out numpad)
    10/100 LAN? 1000?
    memory card reader?
    # USB ports?
    eSata port?
    HDMI port?
    firewire port?
    blue tooth?
    Eric, Jul 31, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Eric.

    Sorry for the late response, but I just now came across your post...
    NO! Vistaforums.com - and many other such sites that use Vista or other
    Microsoft-owned names so freely - has no more connection to Microsoft than
    you probably do. That is, they use Microsoft products - and likely make
    money with them. But they have no ownership except the licenses acquired by
    buying the software packages.

    These Microsoft newsgroups - just like the hundreds of thousands of other
    newsgroups out there - are all a part of Usenet. It would take a lot of
    words and time to explain Usenet, even if I were an expert on it, which I
    certainly am not. Google or Bing can find lots of information about Usenet;
    here's the article on Wikipedia:

    ....and from the "official" Usenet Information Center:

    The bottom line is that Usenet is essentially free to all, so anybody
    anywhere in the world with an Internet connection can freely read - and post
    to - any newsgroup. So my post - and YOURS! - may even now be stored in a
    user's file in China or Australia, and it might remain there forever unless
    that user, intentionally or not, deletes it.

    So, it's not a matter of Microsoft "allowing" vistaforums.com to relay
    messages to and from these newsgroups. It's simply the nature of the Usenet
    beast, to coin a phrase. Those "forums" do provide a useful service in
    providing focal points for users to find information on specific subjects,
    and many true experts frequent those sites and give excellent expert advice.
    I just WISH that such sites would make it clear to their users what is
    actually happening. But those "forum" managers are happy to present the
    illusion of exclusive access to "insider" information for their "members" -
    when all they are really doing in most cases is relaying to/from the
    Microsoft newsgroups, and collecting advertising revenue along the way. The
    less those managers tell their users, the more ad revenue they are likely to

    Enough of my rant for today. In summary, those "forums" perform a useful
    service, but too many of them hide the true nature of the service they are
    providing. Therefore, too few of their users understand what is really
    happening to their questions and the true source of the help they
    receive..while the forum owners pocket the ad revenue from advice freely
    given by others.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64

    R. C. White, Oct 29, 2009
  10. Well ranted :)

    IMO, you were accurate, clear, and calm, so maybe a few people will get the
    picture. We can hope.
    Gene E. Bloch, Oct 29, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Gene.

    Thanks. As you said, we can hope.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
    R. C. White, Oct 30, 2009
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