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Old 11-19-2007, 02:03 PM
Marc Randolph
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Default Re: New Laptop for work

On Nov 17, 4:31 am, "HT-Lab" <[email protected]> wrote:
> "rickman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]m...
> >I am looking at a low end Dell laptop, the Vostro 1500, as a new
> > computer for work. I may supplement this later with a new desktop
> > unit for crunching FPGA designs,

> Consider a small form factor PC, they are small enough to carry home and you
> get all the power of a desktop. The only disadvantage is that you can't use
> them at an airport :-)

That is a neat idea. The slim Vostro "desktops" look pretty small and
can be had with something considerably more powerful for considerably
less expense.
Either way, you might check out one of the MANY deal sites (like - but there are lots of others) that keep
track of the latest "best deals" from Dell. Just browse the left
column. If you don't like what you see, wait a week, they usually
morph slightly.

> > The CPU is a T5270 (1.4 GHz, 2 MB cache) with upgrades to various
> > processors for significant money. The first step-up is to a T5470 (1.6
> > GHz) for $75 and others range up to $575! I am thinking I can live
> > with the slower processor. The memory is 2GB.

> Go for 4Gbyte, this will make your P&R run a lot faster. Yes you can only
> use 3.2GByte under XP but even the extra 1.2Gbyte will make a difference.

I'm not sure I agree completely with this part. If your design is
large enough to use that memory, it will help. And honestly, it may
be less about the size of the design and more about the size/number of
contraints in the .ucf (at least according to the warning ISE gives on
a few of our designs).

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