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Can someone help me out with the spec of this processor

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These days it can sometimes be hard to work out whether a processor is going to be fast enough or not.

Was thinking about this processor in a very reasonably priced touchscreen laptop.

Processor is

Intel® Pentium® 2117U processor

Laptop is here

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-v5-431p-14-touchscreen-laptop-silver-21293285-pdt.html

I just can't work out what type of processor this is. Normally it will say if like 3 core, 5 core etc and whether a dual processor. The above seems to be running at just 1.8GHZ and doesn't mention any cores. Is it a slow processor? Is it the equivalent of a slow celeron? Do you think it would be fast enough for the laptop?

I am just trying to gauge the quality of the processor. At £379 the laptop is good value but maybe not such good value if it is running slowly.

Thanks for any input.
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by:Ben Hart
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http://ark.intel.com/products/71469/Intel-Pentium-Processor-2117U-2M-Cache-1_80-GHz

It's a 1.8ghz, 2 cores, 64-bit cpu.  Doesn't look bad as a budget line proc.
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Currently ranks a 663 out of like 1800..here: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

I'd def call it a budget cpu, worthy of netbook use, or word processing.  I'm a gamer so there's no way I'd ever try to game on something this low.
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by:John Hurst
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I have something like that on a ThinkPad X120e, which is a budget laptop running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. It is an AMD CPU that is 64-bits and about 1.8Ghz. It is not fast at all. It is fine for modest word processing, spreadsheet and Internet. It would not be fine for heavy duty use.

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Thanks guys these are really useful comments. I'll leave open in case anybody wants to add anything further and then close the thread later today.
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The CPU scores 1911 on PassMark's CPUMark -- this it not "high" by modern standards, but it's not bad at all.    My trusty old Core 2 Duo E8500, for example, scores 2284, and it's plenty fast for virtually everything I do.   I've built several systems using Core i5's and i7's that score much higher (e.g. 9447 for a recent Core i7-3770 build), but these aren't appreciably faster than mine in terms of the "feel" of the system.   I DO have plenty of memory, a couple SSDs, and high-density rotating platter drives that significantly improve the system;  but the fact is a score of 2000 or above provides all the CPU "horsepower" folks generally need.

By comparison, a top-of-the-line Pentium-IV of a few years ago (e.g. a P-IV 3.4GHz) scores 411  :-)
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Thanks for all these comments, they have been VERY helpful. I will now distribute points.
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