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Comparing an AMD and Intel Processor

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Kalookakoo, Jun 28, 2011.

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  1. Kalookakoo

    Kalookakoo Notebook Evangelist

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    AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M Accelerated Processor (2.3GHz/1.4GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)

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    2nd generation Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) i5-2410M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz

    Laptop going to be used for some gaming (with a Radeon 6770) and I will be a electrical/computer engineering major with software concentration so some matlab/programming too.

    Suggestions? I would just get the i7 quad but I don't feel like breaking my budget for the extra 100.
     
  2. soguxu

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    You don't have to get the i7 quad, just get the i5, it's still much faster than the A6.
     
  3. abaddon4180

    abaddon4180 Notebook Virtuoso

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    What soguxu said. In terms of processing power, which you will need for your field, even an i5-2410m destroys AMD's mobile processing power. Even given best-case scenario, the most powerful AMD processor, the A8-3530MX, will barely beat the i5-2410 in processing power
     
  4. Kalookakoo

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    Edit: Nvm. Thanks
     
  5. Cloudfire

    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    Who is this? Who have hacked abaddon`s account?
     
  6. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    I will just say that matlab will love more cores from the i7 2630qm
     
  7. Kalookakoo

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    Can the i5 not handle matlab? Plus, I'm going to a pretty computer oriented college so their computer clusters will be able to handle all my needs perfectly assuming I'm not too lazy to go to them.
     
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    It might be funny if I had ever said that AMD processors were good when doing CPU intensive tasks
     
  9. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    it actually can, I ran matlab on a t2500 core duo, however it will be faster on a new cpu, as all things usually are.

    I would get the upgrade mainly because it will provide you benefits when there is snow out there and you dont want to walk that much
     
  10. Kalookakoo

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    Lucky me getting assigned a dorm building with a computer cluster inside. Thanks for the help.
     
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