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Re: laptop recommendation to run mathematica fast?

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  • Subject: [mg101050] Re: [mg101020] laptop recommendation to run mathematica fast?
  • From: Syd Geraghty <sydgeraghty at me.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:23:57 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200906211104.HAA02532@smc.vnet.net>

Hi f.c.,

If you want the best laptop for Mathematica you should seriously look  
at the new Apple MacBook Pro when OS Snow Leopard comes out this  
September.

Snow Leopard will allow WRI to take advantage of CPU & GPU performance  
and you will get a full 64 bit OS and 8 GBytes of memory.

WRI will be one of the first apps to support Snow Leopard.

Then if you can spring for a desk side as well go for a Mac Pro with 8  
Nehalem CPUs and 16 threads supported as well as room for two GPUs ...  
this will be a state of the art workstation for the next few years.

Have fun ... Syd


Syd Geraghty B.Sc, M.Sc.

sydgeraghty at mac.com

Mathematica 7.0.1 for Mac OS X x86 (64 - bit) (18th February 2009)
MacOS X V 10.5.6
MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo  2GB RAM



On Jun 21, 2009, at 4:04 AM, underante 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 and
> 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, so
> 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?, i.e.
> 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!)
>


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