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Comment: Re:Cores vs performance (Score 1) 361

by Ryiah (#32120556) Attached to: AMD Undercuts Intel With Six-Core Phenom IIs

More cores != more speed for general use. Yeah, if you are compiling your own software you can get things to work really fast with 6 cores but how many applications really take advantage of multiple cores? Very, very few.

Even if it were true that very few general use applications take advantage of multiple cores, the average user is running more than one application. For example, I looked at a system a friend was running and she had Windows 7 and Norton AV on a Celeron 900. She typically does Office applications and runs a browser at the same time. Compared to her old system its pretty snappy, but it still isn't anywhere near as decent.

Comment: Re:But weren't they on anyway? (Score 1) 621

by Ryiah (#30303244) Attached to: SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation
Don't need a study. Just go look up various processor reviews on various sites (Toms Hardware springs to minde) and you'll see quite a difference between power usage of a CPU idling and one under load. Last time I tested my system, I had roughly a 40 to 60 watt difference between idling and running a demanding application. And that was on a budget dual core processor.

Comment: How is this a laptop? (Score 1) 120

by Ryiah (#28582469) Attached to: The Laptop, Circa 1968
Aren't they stretching things calling this a laptop? Certainly its portable but it can't be easy to port this. I've had Sun monitors that weighed less than this. No way I'd be putting this on my lap. It isn't battery powered either. Some additional information is at this site with some additional information and pictures - http://www.pdp8.net/asr33/asr33.shtml

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