Advantages speed, perormance, no dodgy intel media graphics
Disadvantages none really
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I have a nice little Acer Aspire 5520G laptop with this processor, that I bought last December from Tesco Direct. One of my major worries when I bought the laptop was that it had an AMD processor as apposed to an intel processor. In the past I have used intel Pentium D, Intel Pentium Dual Core, Intel Celeron M, Intel Celeron D, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Pentium 3 and well you get the idea, lots and lots of Intel processors. Having never used AMD before I sought advice from an IT expert at college and asked whether there were any major differences or problems with AMD. He told me that although AMD had had some bad press in the past they had been getting better and that he had a computer that used an AMD Duron that was fine. After this I opted to buy the computer regardless of the AMD processor, and I am very glad I did.SPEED
The performance of the processor is great and it really is good at being a steady processor, in that it does what you tell it to do efficiently at a constant speed. One thing I hate about Intel is that their processors often tend to work fine one minute, slow the next, work overtime the next day then have a day off so on and so forth. This little baby, on the other hand works hard all of the time. It is fast and efficient, though it does, on startup use 100% of the cpu. This means that on startup it can not handle doing any more than it is already. In idle usage it uses anywhere from 0% to 5% which is quite good. The only fault is that when you start something up from an older disk, ie: a 'minimum' system requirements disk that is not specifically compatible with vista it occasionally throws a paddy and starts trying to work overtime and figure out what to do. All in all though, a steady and very good processor with regards to performance.
WINDOWS EXPERIENCE INDEX
For those of you who are using Vista on your computers you will no doubt know of the windows experience index and how it can be used to explain your computer's performance to you. Each score is out of 6, and this processor gets 4.7 out of 6. A very respectable score indeed.
This is an absolutely great processor and I can easily reccomend it to anyone. Please do not be put off by the name AMD as it is truly better than any Intel processor I have ever used.
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