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I'm trying to understand the difference between a Turion and an Athlon. I found AMD's website no help at all.

I'm down to three options.

AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58 ($500, has 2 gigs ram)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 (whole system is only $430 1 GIG ram)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-55 (1 gig ram, costs $480)

Which CPU is the best? Is Turion better for battery life? Does Turion have anything to do with wifi? They all have wifi anyway, like every laptop today!
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post #2 of 8
Go with the Turion. It's got a lower power consumption and better performance.
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Those TK chips rock though.. im pretty sre that TK57 (cpu-cpu comparison of course) would beat that TL-58...

Inded though, power-wise, the turion has wayyyy better power consumption than an athlon will...
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Wait, so the Athlon is stronger than the Turion?

I kinda want the $480 one just because its ATI and not Nvidia on the graphics side, and I don't mind helping out AMD.

Could always upgrade the RAM in that thing to 2 gigs anyway.
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I just did some extra checking (to make sure im not providing false information) and it seems basically both chips are the same, both 65nm, both 2x512k, both 1.9ghz, both 31w, except one is athlon x2 and one is turion x2.. I dont know much about how the turions compare straight up to an athlon, but I know athlon is a good name in general, and its the system you want, and its cheaper, so I would take that one just based on your desire

CPU-CPU performance should be basically the same, as is power rating...
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Wait, so the Athlon is stronger than the Turion?

I kinda want the $480 one just because its ATI and not Nvidia on the graphics side, and I don't mind helping out AMD.

Could always upgrade the RAM in that thing to 2 gigs anyway.
Turion is the same thing as an althon its just in a mobile form
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If you can though, try and see if you can find at least the TL-60 processor.
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Originally Posted by KamuiRSX View Post
If you can though, try and see if you can find at least the TL-60 processor.
Yeah. The TL-60 will lay waste to the others with its higher frequency, doubled L2 cache...

If you go Tl-60, make sure to get the 65nm version and not the 90nm version because you will be saving yourself on 4w of power (lots for a laptop)

65nm = 31w and 90nm = 35w
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