Clockspeed versus processor
Posted on 2014-10-17
We currently have an old HP Compaq Presario CQ60 laptop running a AMD Turion Dual-core RM-72 2.1 GHz processor. We use the Presentation Software package SongPro for display of various Textual; Powerpoint and Video on both Projector and Large Flat Screen TVs.
We need it to be a laptop so it is portable between church locations AND to be able to be taken home to load service plans.
We are looking to upgrade on a budget of £700 and our PC Supplier has suggested the following:-
DELL Latitude 3540 : Windows 7 Professional (64Bit Windows 8
License) 4GB (1x4GB) AMD Venus Pro 2GB GDDR5
500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive 6-cell 65W/HR Battery 4th
Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4210U Processor (1.7 GHz 15.6" FHD
(1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare LED-backlit
This has a lower Clockspeed than our current one! But I see reading up on the processor that it has a Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz. The SongPro Presentation software package (and for that matter all other similar Presentation Packages - that are too expensive for us!) indicates that we should have 2.0 GHz minimum processor and 2.8 GHz for running HD Video.
I've gone back to the Software supplier and all I get is the Salesman saying as it is 1.7GHz it doesn't meet the Minimum criteria so they wouldn't be able to recommend its use. Yet checking Benchmark and general comments on the i5-4210U processor it is far more powerful than our current machine.
I'd like your expert opinions on this matter so I can make a fully informed decision.