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New laptop: 1.7gHz + 6GB RAM OR 2.5 gHz + 4GB RAM?


JPJPJP

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Trying to decide between two laptops. Which one is likely to be faster?

Laptop A: 1.7gHz + 6GB RAM - also has a 32GB SSD.

Laptop B: 2.5 gHz + 4GB RAM - can go to 3.1gHZ with Turboboost.

What do you recommend?? Which one will run best?

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Forum Editor

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Speed isn't everything when it comes to laptops - there are other, equally important considerations. Perhaps if you gave us a bit more information about both machines we'll be able to advise you better.

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iscanut2

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As FE says, other factors will help decide. What make ? What OS ? What is intended use ? Size of screen ? etc etc....

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JPJPJP

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I deliberately didn't given other details because I don't want other factors to confound this. For all intents and purposes, they are roughly the same, i.e. both 14" screens, similar size, weight, both run Windows 7.

I just want to know which one is likely to run faster. Basically, is RAM or processor speed more important? Will having a SSD make a difference to how fast the PC runs?

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Nontek

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SSD info

You might find this interesting.

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rdave13

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In my humble opinion I'd go for the faster CPU but would check to see if the motherboard can support up to 8 GB of ram if I needed to upgrade at a later stage.

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feb

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Faster CPU and upgrade the RAM at your leisure!

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frybluff

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Which is heavier:

Two apples or an orange and a plum??

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rdave13

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In this instance the one with the too small capacity SSD. The OS and security programs and other drive management programs would fill the drive. You'd need to disable hibernation to save space and that isn't good for a portable PC. Most of the bigger programs would need to be installed on the data drive anyway.

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sunnystaines

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are you sure the ssd is only 32gb sounds too small to be pratical.

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D@ve

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There is a lot more to processor speed than just their raw frequencies.

2.5Ghz Processor Type A isn't necessarily faster than 1.7Ghz Processor Type B. You're giving us very little to go on.

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