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AMD Turion 64 processor

Question : I am considering purchasing an HP Pavilion laptop using an AMD Turion 64 processor rather than an Intel processor. I've never heard of AMD -- is this a decent chip?

Answer : The AMD Turion 64 processor from Advanced Micro Devices is a competitor to the Intel Pentium M processor. Both are intended for use in light, thin mobile computers and are designed to use power efficiently to help maximize battery life.

Intel processors have long been used in computers running Windows and Linux systems (and are starting to show up in Macintosh models), but some computer makers use AMD chips in many of their products. AMD chips are used in desktop computers as well, including high-powered gaming systems. Hewlett-Packard introduced its first Turion-based laptop last year and included the processor in a special-edition "Live Strong" laptop that benefited the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The AMD Turion 64 is a 64-bit processor, which can handle bigger and more complex processing chores than the 32-bit processors used by many computers designed for consumers. Intel recently introduced a new line of dual-core processors called Core Duo for mobile computers, and AMD is expected to make its own dual-core chips for laptops available later this year. (Dual-core chips have two processors working together for more power.) There is information about AMD's processors at www.amd.com/processors and details on Intel's mobile processor offerings at www.intel.com/products/centrino.


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