Specifications on a Laptop
I bought an IBM ThinkPad. It says Centrino on the Laptop but when I go to Control Panel and click 'System', the following specs appears.
Hardware Zero Knowledge
Sounds alright, how much RAM?
Mark T A W .com
RAM = 256 MB
Hardware Zero Knowledge
What do you mean by running databases, exactly? Developing applications with a database backend? In that case, I would opt for five hundred and twelve megabytes of RAM as a minimum, more if you can afford it. Especially if you are doing development targeted at the .NET framework and will be running the database server on the same machine / in a VM under the same machine. More RAM is essential if you're running something like Oracle/SQL Server/Sybase, etc. The processor spec. seems adequate, however.
"Centrino" is the brand name for the Pentium M chips (the "M" is for mobile).
If you develop on it, you'll need 512 to be more in line with what most developers find suitable for development. Most major IDEs, plus books on lines, plus Office, plus database.. will have trouble fitting themselves in 512. Unless you are a minimalist and run tiny IDEs and office suites and MySQL... you can't avoid having to upgrade your memory. In the case of a laptop.. you'll be happiest max-ing out your memory capability instead of having to upgrade once more--because everytime you upgrade you'll more likely have to throw some laptop memory away (compare to PCs.. where you can use it in a second pc, sell it again or give it to a friend).
I have a laptop on the side that runs EditPlus (my mini"IDE"), no IIS, Sql Server 7.0 desktop on a Windows 98 laptop with 64 megs of ram.. with books online.. and I don't run big queries.
A for your information:
You can develop database applications with MySQL for a database and things like perl or PHP for the actual coding and things like Apache for the webserver quite well on a lowly Pentium III 500Mhz with 256MB of RAM. I do it all the time.
I have a 3 year old HP laptop (P3-600 with 256 RAM) that I have SQL Server (Standard), IIS, WindowsXP, both Visual Studios installed on. At times it's a bit poky (VS.NET startup), but it's definitely doable.
Centrino is the latest version of Pentium's mobile chip. It is completely different from the Pentium it is designed to eventually replace. It is the Pentium M's that have speedstep (mine for example does 1.6GHz on mains power and 1.2GHZ on battery). Mobile Athlons have an equivalent feature.
>Centrino, has I believe only one speed, and as you can see it is much lower than that of a Pentium M. (now running at 2.4GHz or higher) let alone desktop Pentiums which run at over 3GHz.<
By the way, it's usually cheaper to buy memory upgrades from a third party, like Crucial.com, than from the manufacturer. Crucial has a handy memory configurator to tell you which type of RAM you need based on the make and model of your notebook.
I think the reason that Centrino is as fast or faster than an older Pentium m that has a higher Ghz is because the Centrino chips have 1mb cache, whereas the old pentiums only had 512k and that makes up for the difference in hz.
Interesting article on Centrino:
Unless I'm confused,
That is a good machine. You'll be fine. If you got some spare change, spend it on an extra 256 Mb of Ram.
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