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Intel Pentium M Processor Question
25/8/08 8:49:09 PM
Hi everyone:

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 that I've had for a few years now. Its got an Intel (R) Pentium (R) M Processor 1.86GHZ 335MHz. I always assumed my processing power was limited to 1.86 GHz and so never bothered to buy any games that had a higher minimum requirement than what I had. To my surprise though I've been able to run Bioshock and Crysis (although its not been the prettiest of experiences :P). I was wondering how this was possible and wanted to know the equivalent power it had in comparison to other processors? My knowledge of computer performance is severely limited. I'd be grateful for any guidance on the matter, and let me know if I need to post more information about my system. Thanks!


25/8/08 9:49:27 PM

Hey Makaveli10 , welcome to the forums :)

The M processor at that speed is roughly equal to a Pentium 4 at 2.4-6GHz.

The reason you can barely run those is because the lappy you have has a discrete graphics card inside it (i.e, not the dodgy inbuilt intel one), specifically the X300. So you do have a little bit of graphics grunt. This, sadly, is eclipsed by the cheapest new laptops on the market :P

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26/8/08 1:06:11 AM
Thanks for the reply! It was really helpful, now I have a rule of thumb to use when looking at the minimum requirements of the latest games. Yeah tell me about it I see laptops with twice the spec of mine for a fraction of the price I paid! Oh well...you live you learn! Definitely looking into building my own desktop at some point.

I have an Nvidia Geforce Go 6800 256MB graphics card in my lappy. So...am I right in thinking from what you said that because of this I can run more demanding games even though my CPU may not be up to their minimum spec? Is there any way of knowing how much space it gives me to move away from the processor requirement of games? Thanks again!


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