08-07-2009 10:30 PM
08-07-2009 11:20 PM
Before Monday? you won't get it that fast from Lenovo website, you probably going to find a reseller or something, which severely limits your options.
Quad Core? Don't think the heat sink can manage the heat output on this cpu, the only Quad Core processor option is available in the much bigger W700 not the W500.
Quad Core is only good where your software knows how to manage workload over many processors. So you got find out the software is optimised for more than two cores. From Matlab point of view, the benefits of Quad doesn't seem to be much over the Core 2 Duo processors. But the amount of L2 ram affects the speed of calculation, as much of the matlab calculation are iterative, so fast a large L2 memory can help out.
here is an article that you should read.
I would recommend the T9900 for matlab, since you can't get Quad Core anyway, nor does it help unless you can code in such way that use quad cores.
SSD? Hum 256 gig is the largest i have seen, but i am not sure about the speed.
Anything more than 3 gig requires 64 bit OS, 8 gig is better than 6 gig if funds permit.
Intel engineers reckon that CPU does more work than GPU. While, more recently GPU is playing and more important parts for such work.