What's best for my notebook?

By wompai ·
Hey guys,

I haven't been very active on this forum lately, because I'm very busy with my school (I study electrotech at Zuyd Highschool and the Netherlands), and for that study I use my laptop, and we have a lot of CPU - hogging CAD software that often tends to take up a lot of CPU and make my notebook run slow and overheat. I already have my battery settings set up so it doesnt go above 80% of the maximum CPU, because otherwise it would easily overheat.

Now, I have two options. I have the money to either upgrade my CPU or purchase an SSD drive.

My question is: What will result in the best performance boost, regarding my usage of it and if I were to choose the CPU, would my build - in cooler be able to handle the increase in clockspeed, and probably heat-generation coming from the new CPU? I could imagine that an i5 generates more heat then a pentium (which it is in this case).

Thanks in advance!

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When you say upgrade the CPU

by robo_dev In reply to What's best for my notebo ...

You mean getting a new laptop, no?

If yours is a Pentium, of course an i5 would not be a plug-in replacement for that.

Regardless of the load on the laptop, it should be able to run all day long at 100% processor utilization, as long as the airflow is not blocked and the ambient temperature is not extreme. I would look into whether your fan is not working properly or the air intake is blocked by dust.

A SSD will not provide a substantial performance benefit for CAD.

It would be best to run CAD on a desktop PC with a powerful graphics card, and if you are stuck with using a laptop, then the graphics capability built into a 'gaming' laptop may be the best choice. You need RAM, lots of it, and to use all that RAM you need a 64 bit OS of some sort.

CAD programs only tend to depend upon the speed of the hard drive when opening the file, and when performing an operation (such as rendering a solid) that uses more RAM than is available, then the machine will start using the hard drive as virtual memory (which is slow, whether it is a SSD or not).

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by wompai In reply to When you say upgrade the ...

I've looked into the CPU and my motherboard model is capable of running i3's and i5's. My pentium is a P6100 which uses a PGA988 socket, so do the i3's and i5's. I've looked that up on a forum and on my manufacturer's webpage so it should work.

The thing is, my notebook now can have trouble sometimes, and can't keep up. So I'm just trying to know what the best upgrade would be. I'm already running 8gig of RAM and windows 7 64-bit.

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by robo_dev In reply to When you say upgrade the ...

The P6100 is a deravative of core i3 without hyperthreading and VT. (VT is for Hyper-V or VMware, but won't help your CAD program any).

In terms of CAD, I really do think it's the graphics capability that is the issue.

AutoCAD 2012, for example, does not utilize hyperthreading, so an upgrade to an i3 of similar clock speed would not help you one bit. I don't think even an i5 on a notebook would help you for AutoCAD


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by wompai In reply to When you say upgrade the ...

Alright, thats basically everything I needed to know, thanks!

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what i would do

by NickP2012 In reply to What's best for my notebo ...

i would have to say make sure the air flow is not blocked as the first guy said then i would look in to a new CPU duo core i have an i7 processor and i do not loose speed at all

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