AMD v-series single core vs. AMD Athlon dual core

By shotokan
Aug 19, 2010
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  1. I'm trying to decide between two different Acer Aspire Notebooks.
    One has:
    2.20 GHz AMD V Series V120 single-core processor with 512 KB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front-side bus
    250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
    3 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; expandable to 8 GB)
    ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics (with 256 MB of discrete video memory) It provides up to 1919 MB of total shared system memory

    The other has:
    AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core P320 processor
    2.10GHz, 1066MHz Front Side Bus, 1MB L2 Cache
    2GB DDR3 system memory
    250GB SATA hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics with 256MB of dedicated system memory

    Which would be better for simple computing, surfing, and streaming videos?
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,352   +122

    IMO the dual core, but it obviously takes more power, though you don't mention battery life or portability.
  3. shotokan

    shotokan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks! As someone with pretty limited knowledge, that's what my gut instinct was telling me. I usually just use my current laptop in the office and at home so battery life really isn't an issue.

    I also wasn't sure how the difference of a GB of DDR3 memory would affect the speed and functioning of the dual core compared to the single core. Can anyone tell me how that would affect it? Thanks again for your help!
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,352   +122

    IMO the dual core is way more useful than an extra GB of ram if you already have 2GB.
  5. shotokan

    shotokan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks again for your help!


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