Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-21-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
Beta Member
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3
Default Is upgrading bus speed worth 50 bucks?

Hey all,
I'm currently looking to buy a new laptop and I've mostly figured out what I want in it, the only thing I'm not sure about is the processor. It's a Dell Inspiron 1525 (which I'm getting because I get a deal on the warranty through my university). Anyway, here's what I'm looking at:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5750 (2.00GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache) [Included in Price]
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache) [add $50]
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache) [add $125]
So originally, I was going to get the T5750, but then I was trying to learn a little more about bus speed, and one website (forgot which) was implying that it can be more important than actual clock speed. So I'm wondering if the 50 bucks extra (cost without upgrade is $1023) to up it to 800Mhz is worth it.

Also, and I don't know if this makes a difference, but my memory is only 667Mhz, so does that mean that having 800 on the processor won't be utilized? Or are these number unrelated? The exact specs on the memory are:

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Thanks in advance for any help.

mynameismolotov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 04:04 AM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Wales
Posts: 5,556
Send a message via MSN to j03
Default Re: Is upgrading bus speed worth 50 bucks?

If you choose the 800mHz Processor, You should get 800MHz Memory. I'd proberbly get the 800mHz Processor

j03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 05:03 AM   #3
Golden Master
worshipme's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,603
Default Re: Is upgrading bus speed worth 50 bucks?

The FSB is quad pumped. 800MHz FSB = 200 MHz = DDR 400.

And no, I don't think it's worth it.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 4.0GHz + TU120E lapped - MSI 770-CD45 AM3 - 2x2GB OCZ DDR3 1333MHz - Sapphire HD 4870 - Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 7200RPM 16MB cache HDD - Tagan TG600-BZ Piperock - (Currently open test bed) - Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.
worshipme is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0