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Dell Vostro 3360


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#1 Connemara_pony

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:50 PM

Hi,

I'm about to buy a Vostro 3360 but would appreciate some guidance on which processor to select, either the i3-2367M (most basic offered) or i5-3317U (next one up). Choosing the i5 will increase my price by $160.00 and my funds are limited, hence the careful consideration. Both processors are installed with 4 GB of RAM.

Currently, I use a Latitude E6500 and it performs fairly well with an Intel® Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz 2.54GHz (I don't know understand why two speeds are stated) processor and 4 GB RAM. The computer is 2.5 years old and has been used heavily. In recent months I've had more crashes/freezes which could be software/operating system related. I'm changing jobs so must surrender this machine and I want something lighter/more compact for traveling which is why I've chosen the Vostro 3360.


My heaviest usage patterns are either video + web concurrently or web + SPSS (statistical software) + Matlab + Excel + Word open at the same time. My MATLAB usage isn't very demanding; I've only noticed delays when loading large (47 MB) csv files, not when running my code. SPSS (v20) can take a few seconds to complete analyses. Although I'll have several programs open at once and switch back and forth between them, I do not execute operations in SPSS and MATLAB concurrently. I will not use the new machine for games.


So my specific questions are:

(1) Do you tend towards i3 or i5 based on the information I've provided?
(2) Will battery life (i.e. hours from fully charged to exhausted) be different between these processors when doing the same tasks? I understand from online reviews that battery life is a little disappointing for this model.

Thank you.

Edited by Connemara_pony, 28 August 2012 - 01:35 AM.


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#2 killerx525

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

I'd say go for the i5 because of the statistics program and the MATLAB can be demanding and that extra processing power will help it. The i5 processor is a ULV(Ultra Low Voltage)which basically has a slightly lower clocked frequency and a lower TDP, because of that the processor will have a lower power usage hence more battery life.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:34 PM

I'd say go for the i5 because of the statistics program and the MATLAB can be demanding and that extra processing power will help it. The i5 processor is a ULV(Ultra Low Voltage)which basically has a slightly lower clocked frequency and a lower TDP, because of that the processor will have a lower power usage hence more battery life.



Took your advice, thanks. Awaiting delivery.




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