is there any limit to the processor speed for laptops?
January 27, 2009 8:15am CST
Is there any limit to the processor speed to buy a laptop.. because i want to know why the companies not releasing laptops with high processoe speeds .......
27 Jan 09
I think it's because of the cost that companies aren't releasing faster laptops. Plus, very few laptop users are likely to require the performance required from a desktop gaming computer. To properly play some of the good games on a laptop, you'd have to add so much stuff to it that it wouldn't be east to carry around.
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27 Jan 09
there's a couple of issues with high processing power... first of all processing power produces requires battery, hence a very powerfull processor could drain a laptops battery in minutes unless a massive battery pack is installed (but is it still a laptop in that case?) then there is the heat issue, cpu's produce a lot of heat. if the processing power goes up, more heat is produced. however, in a laptop it's not so easy to get rid of this heat (not like in a normal box where you can easily install additional fans). this is also one of the main issues why commercial cpu's halted in progress at times. sometimes the processing power is there, but the cpu generates too much heat for the system to discharge. other techniques need to be found to cool laptops, not all available techniques are suitable for laptops...
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28 Jan 09
As Leppie Pointed out, heat and power issues are very big concerns on Laptops. as well, if you look at processor speeds on desktops, you'll notice that there aren't that much in gains there either, what you WILL see are the number of "cores" increasing. Essentially more processors. As to the several people who have posted concerning "high end laptops" check out companies like Voodoo PC, Falcon Northwest, and the like. if there's bleeding edge technology out there that can be crammed into a laptop, they've probably done it, and are selling it, just be warned that you'll pay a stiff premium for it.
27 Jan 09
I think, we can get the processors with high-speed for laptops too like Core2Duo with 2.4 GHz. But still problems for not releasing laptops ith high processors are. Laptops are mainly used for providing the mobility. So it has to be compact and weightless. So first things is heat desipition. For our desktops there is enough space available for the descipition of the heat generated, but due to compactness of the laptop, space is the limitation. And we can not install more fans for the heat transfer. (Though this problem can be solved using Micro-pumps but i am not sure about this). Second thing is power problem.
27 Jan 09
i still have to see the first laptop with quad core cpu... probably there's somebody with one already, but i haven't seen it yet. as said before, it's not the processing power limiting laptop technologies... heat dissipation and the battery drainage (core 2 duo laptops have like 3,5 hrs of autonomy with a 6 cell li-ion battery) are the biggest issues.