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Re: laptop recommendation to run mathematica fast?

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  • Subject: [mg101043] Re: laptop recommendation to run mathematica fast?
  • From: Mark Fisher <particlefilter at>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:22:41 -0400 (EDT)
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On Jun 21, 7:02 am, underante <undera... at> wrote:
> hello,
> perhaps someone can recommend me a laptop to run Mathematica fast?
> i bought a asus eee pc 901 recently, which tho very cute pink and
> quiet, (when the fan is off anyway!) it does return a rather
> disappointing internal benchmark of around 0.32 for both Mathematica v7 a=
> v5.2 with windows XP.
> what with Moore's law and all that i had vaguely reckoned that in 2009
> a new machine should be running a lot faster than that since i have a
> circa 2001, 8 years old 1 GHz pentium dell inspiron laptop with
> 128Mbyte of RAM that benchmarks Mathematica 5.2 at 0.27 under windows ME,=
> that the small increase in speed that i do see could be wholly put
> down to the intel atom N270 in the asus running that little bit faster
> at 1.6 GHz.
> anyway, i am looking to buy a somewhat bigger screened laptop in the
> next few weeks, so if you have, or know, of something that will run
> the internal Mathematica v7.0 benchmark at, well, lets say, 3.0 or more?,=
> about ten times faster than what i have now, i would be very
> interested to know what make and model it is, as i have had little
> luck so far trawling the web for such info, and tho the wolfram
> benchmark report mentions various intel xeons running at speeds of
> 3.75 or more i cant say ive ever seen a laptop with one of these
> chipsets inside it, and no mention whatever is made of these
> ubiquitous intel core 2 duo things, quadcore or not, or what i could
> expect from them.
> thankyou
> f.c
> (oh, i would just add that since i will be using the machine for other
> things besides mathematica it would be best for me to continue with
> windows a while longer, but if you get a nice turn of speed under
> linux or mac OS please feel free to say so!)

I got a BenchMark of 3.65 on my Lenovo W500 using version 7.0.1. I'm
running Windows XP Pro (32 bit). I've got 3GB RAM. The chip is Intel
Core Duo T9600 @ 2.8GHz. The laptop is about 9 months old. I'm
guessing you can do better with the newer chips.


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