What is the equivalent Pentium 4 M (Centrino) speed of a Athalon 3000+ XP chip?
Posted on 2006-05-05
What is the equivalent Pentium 4 M (Centrino) speed of a Athalon 3000+ XP chip? My Computer/Properties (i.e System Properties) says it is 797 Mhz which seems slow for a two year old HP laptop (I do not have the HP model number). Note this is not my laptop, I fix PCs for a living. Do not reply asking me to run ANY test on this laptop. You MUST reply based ONLY on what is here. I am returning again to work on this PC Saturday 3 PM EST and can not supply any more information before then.
Also I know that the relationship of an Athalon and a Pentium 4 M chip is not as simple as ONE speed ratio number. Nonetheless I need SOME IDEA of the ratio. If you want to list TWO (at most) ratios for two different activities then do that but do NOT answer that the question can not be answered. Also this laptop is NOT used for gaming, just things like email, web-site access, some watching videos streamed or downloaded from the internet, and MS Word. The owner is a student just graduated from college and starting his first job. Also some digital camera stuff (but not Adobe Photoshop).
Also note that Pentium 4 M (Mobile) (Intel Centrino to be exact) chips used in many laptops are listed in System Properties with TWO speeds always and one speed is 1/2 the speed of the other
So what I need to know is what is the equivalent P4 M speed of that Athalon chip. Because (to take an example) the equivalent P4 speed for a Celeron chip is LESS than the stated spec for the Celeron. In other words the speed of a chip and the equivalent speed of a P4 chip can be quite different and I only have a sense of the TRUE speed of a chip (and hence the PC) on the P4 speed scale. For any other chip I need to know the P4 equivalent.
BTW the memory is 512 MB so that is NOT the speed problem, given that no gaming is being done.
Also I need to know what is the relationship between the two System Propert speeds (one is 1/2 the other) for a P4 M chip as this PC is a laptop and again laptops with P4 M chips have two speeds in System Properties. Please note that this is a completely separate question from the equivalence question. Because if the 797 Mhz (see 1st paragraph above) were the lower of the two equivalent P4 M speeds then the higher would be 1.6 Ghz which is not so bad, do you get the point !!
In Summary I need the equivalent TWO SPEEDS for a P4 M chip OR the higher of the two, not the lower.
REASON for question: Laptop is slow accessing the internet despite being on a 6 Mbs Comcast Cable modem (and having 512 MB of memory). I need to know if it is because it has a slow CPU chip or other causes (spyware etc). It may also be slow at everything (example MS Word) but unfortunately I did not check in any detail non-internet activities. My impression was it was ONLY slow at internet access which would imply Spyware/Virus problems.
Please do not include ANYTHING in your reply about how to find out if the laptop has Spyware/Virus's on it. I am a Security expert and am quite qualified to do that by myself (and have already removed some spyware etc from this laptop). PLEASE just reply to the CPU chip speed question and nothing else.