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    Centrino Duo worth buying ???


    is it worth buying centrino duo at this time ??
    it claimms that Windows Vista can be running well on that, but the money is very expensive..
    so any suggestions or opinions regarding this processor ??
    thank you
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    I personally know an intel rep, and we've discussed that processor quite a bit. Right now you will obviously pay a premium for it. As with any electronics, if you wait a few months the price will drop. So I would wait 6 months or so. Windows Vista incorporates a lot of new software to enhance battery life, and the duo processor does as well. Together you should have a bit better of battery life. The duo itself is about 30-40% more effecient than a centrino, but the processor by itself results in about a half-hour less battery life. Windows Vista may help offset this though. The duo also has something called smart-cache. The two cores actually share the cache amongst programs. If one program isn't using much processor power, other programs are dumped into cache and the idle process is dumped back to the drive ( I believe that's how it works). The DDR2 memory is supposed to help with battery life as well. Anyways, getting more back to your point. As with any computer, you will pay a premium for it when it firsts comes out. I'd wait a few months if you can and see what the prices do.
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    Take a look here:

    1. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/features/forbiz/mobilepc.mspx

    2. http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/16/will_core_duo_notebooks_trade_battery_life_for_quicker_response/

    3. http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/12/04/top_secret_intel_processor_plans_uncovered/
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    wait a bit, the current comps with that CPU have a bug in their chipset/drive that sucks up the battery (resulting in at least some of the battery life drop), i would wait a bit for this issue to get resolved

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