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Old 02-07-2007   #1
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Anyone used a machine with one of these Core 2 Duo chips in it? Are they that much of an upgrade over, say, a Pentium D chip (also dual core)?


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We've got a few at the office. It is a fairly significant jump in performance, even at the lower CPU speeds, compared to the Pentium D series. I haven't played with it enough to compare to much else.

I'm not sure if the cooling is more efficient or they are simply lower in temp but I don't have nearly the fan noise on my Dell workstations with Core2Duo compared to older Pentium chips.
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I think they're quite brilliant. Lower power consumption and better performance. Now looking forward to getting my hands on one of those quad cores (Core2Quad). I think Photoshop should eventually be as responsive as I remember it in the old days .
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I'm holding off, at least for now. So many times in the past I've bought into the new technologies only to be disappointed by the real-world performance gains.
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Now looking forward to getting my hands on one of those quad cores (Core2Quad). I think Photoshop should eventually be as responsive as I remember it in the old days .
Yeah, I wish I could legally install CS2 on my latest server at the office. Quad Core2Quads.
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LOL . Awesome screenshot. I'll bet it's a bit too noisy to sit under your desk though?

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Yeah, I wish I could legally install CS2 on my latest server at the office. Quad Core2Quads.
Nice..what do you use that server for? I noticed it has 32gigs of memory.
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This is a our Virtual Host Server. We have been migrating from physical servers to virtual servers, purely on Microsoft's platform, to take advantage of their new Enterprise Edition licensing (5-for-1 if 4 are virtual).

It's currently providing three production servers, plus Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and a host of other services, to our main office. We allocate certain parts of the memory to different virtual servers, hence the need for lots of RAM.

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My "old" computer was based on a Pentium 4HT (northwood) 3.4Ghz with 2Gb ram ... i could render in Nero a 45 minute video file in around 2 hours (at high quality)

My new Core2Duo computer running at 2.13Ghz with 2Gb ram can render the same film in around 25 minutes

If your into video processing the core2 is just an astounding chip

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I got a dell 2.13 core duo 2 gig ram. Works awesome. I went from a p4 3.0 1.5 gig of ram. I used to game pretty hardcore on the pc but now all I do is web design photoshop and surfing the web so not really any demand for a core 2 but I got it.


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