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intel i3 vs. i5

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#1 american infidel

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:13 AM

need advice. looking at two hp laptops. first one is a hp pavilion with intel core i5 2430 m processor and a 15.6 screen, second is a hp pavilion with 2nd generation intel core i3 2330m processor with a 17.2 screen. both have 4g ram and 500g mem and both are the same price. i would prefer the larger screen. how much am i really going to sacrifice by going with the i3? i don't game but will use various microsoft office programs (mostly word, power point and outlook) and internet. please advise.

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#2 Romeo29


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Posted 29 October 2011 - 10:30 AM

i3 has 2 cores, i5 has 4 cores (meaning more programs can be run at same time - faster execution without waiting)
i3 does not have turbo boost (to increase cpu speed on demand). i5 has.
i3 does not have vpro and hardware based encryption. i5 has.

In general i5 is much faster than i3 and has more features.
But if you do not have to run cpu hungry applications, then i3 would be ok.

Microsoft Office would run fine on i3. Actually I have run Office 2010 on my AMD Sempron which is a single core processor and it runs ok.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:03 AM

You guys familiar with "manufacturer's Web sites"? :wink:

The i5-2430M is a dual core proc running a 2.4 GHz, turbo to 3.0 GHz. 3 MB cache. No vPro.

i3-2330M pretty much specs out the same at 2.2 GHz, but no turbo. Also has no AES New Instructions support.


I have an ASUS i5-2430M laptop. Turbo rocks! Intel has a little "Turbo Boost Technology Monitor." You'd be surprised at how much turbo kicks in. I was - it's almost all the time when not on battery.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:15 AM

Running Microsoft Office can also be easily run on a old socket 478 P4 system.

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