[thechat] Memory or CPU?

Luther, Ron ron.luther at hp.com
Thu Nov 4 14:14:30 CST 2004

Hi Gang,

I'm still working on justifying / ordering a laptop for the office here 
and I ran into a question.  Which is better for crunching through large 
data files on an ad-hoc analysis ... more memory or more CPU?

It looks like I might have a choice between:
 - a 2.0Ghz processor and 1Gb of memory,
 - a 1.8Ghz processor and 2Gb of memory, or 
 - a 3.4Ghz processor and 1Gb of memory.

I think I'd prefer the last machine (mostly because it has the largest 

But can I justify it by saying it would be faster than the other two?


(... nope ... not a 'hardware' guy!)

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