[kwlug-disc] OT: New Intel desktop/laptop CPUs

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Mar 7 11:05:45 EST 2010


Two things:

1. It is not out of "my" need. It is out of a friends' need. I am happy with
the Core 2 Duo laptop that I have. Yes, I should cut down on open tabs, but
having NoScript helps somewhat.

2. It is about what is available in the market at the point of need. Right
now the flyers are touting the new Core i* and they demand a premium. It is
not worth it for regular use (mail, web, chat, ...etc.). Way overpriced.

On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

>  Does anyone running linux really need new hardware anymore?  It must be a
> real niche app if you're running linux on the desktop and needing more speed
> than hardware from 5+ years ago. Maybe I could see a memory upgrade to a meg
> or two...but that's it.
>
> I'm as keen on new hardware as the next geek.  But I bought a decent
> machine about 5 years ago and I have 0 requirements in the office to upgrade
> my hardware.  I did upgrade my memory - but not because it needed it,
> because I was treating myself.  The upgrade from 512m to 3 gigs made
> absolutely no difference.  My pentium 4 on a 533 FSB motherboard rocks
> everything I need in my daily work.  And my office servers are from even
> longer ago than that.  I'm not sure if Paul would even take my hand me down
> hardware :).
>
> I'd like to go out and buy a new $1000 machine, but if I did, I'm certain
> that where I'd be is exactly where I am right now but lighter by a $1000.
>
> So what gives?   Why does someone running linux in a reasonably normal
> environment need to upgrade his hardware at any point  between 2005 and
> 2015?
>
>
> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
> Somewhat off topic, so feel free to press "Delete" now ...
>
> If one looks at the flyers from Futureshop, BestBuy and Staples in the
> past few weeks, you see the Core i3, i5, and i7 in new laptops that cost
> $100's more than the Core 2 Duo that I have in my laptop.
>
> Any idea what architectural benefits do these CPUs provide? Or is it
> just the usual "rebrand and raise the price" marketing strategy?
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> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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