I7-6500U with DDR3 Rams or I5-7200U with DDR4

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  1. Hema-Sama

    Hema-Sama Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello everyone
    Im comparing between these two laptops
    The first one is lenovo 4081

    https://www.jumia.com.eg/catalog/productspecifications/sku/LE018EL18NMRONAFAMZ/
    Technical Specifications:

    Processor

    • Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor, 2.50 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz, # of Cores: 2)
    Memory
    • Installed Memory: 8 GB
    • Memory Type: DDR3
    Display
    • Screen Size: 14.0"
    • Resolution: HD 16:9 widescreen (1366x768)
    Graphics
    • Graphics Processor: AMD Radeon ™ R5 M330
    • Graphics Video RAM: 2 GB
    Storage
    • Storage Capacity: 1TB HDD
    • Storage Technology: 5400rpm
    Optical Drive
    • RAMbo Drive
    Inputs and Outputs
    • 2 x USB 3.0
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x HDMI port
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x Stereo Headphone and Microphone combo jack
    • 2-in-1 card reader
    Hardware
    • Camera: 720p HD Webcam
    • Audio: Stereo speakers, Integrated microphone
    • Fingerprint scanner
    Wireless/Networking
    • Ethernet NIC: 10/100/1000
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth® 4.0
    Software
    • Operating System: Free DOS
    Battery
    • 4 Cell Li-Ion
    Body
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 340 x 249 x 25.5 mm
    • Weight: 2.1 kg
    The second one also Lenovo ideapad 310-15KIB

    https://www.jumia.com.eg/catalog/productspecifications/sku/LE018EL0QPJICNAFAMZ/
    Technical Specifications:

    Processor

    • Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor, 2.50 GHz (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz, # of Cores: 2)
    Memory
    • Installed Memory: 8 GB RAM (1 x 4 Onboard + 1 x 4)
    • Memory Type: DDR4 2133MHz
    Display
    • Screen Size: 15.6"
    • Resolution: HD (1366 x 768)
    Graphics
    • Graphics Processor: NVIDIA® GeForce® 920MX
    • Graphics Video RAM: 2GB DDR3L
    Storage
    • Storage Capacity: 1 TB HDD
    • Storage Technology: 5400rpm
    Optical Drive
    • RAMbo Drive
    Inputs and Outputs
    • 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1 x USB 3.0
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x HDMI port
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN
    • 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
    Hardware
    • Keyboard: AccuType Keyboard
    • Pointing device: Touchpad with Multi-touch Gestures Support
    • Camera: 0.3MP webcam with Microphone
    • Audio: 2 x Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio™
    Wireless/Networking
    • LAN: 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet
    • WiFi 802.11 a/c
    • Bluetooth® 4.1
    Software
    • Operating System: Free DOS
    Battery
    • Battery type: Li-Ion
    • Battery Cell: 2 Cell
    Body
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 379 x 260 x 22.9 mm
    • Weight: Starting at 2.2 kg
    I will be using the laptop for Engineering applications like MATALB Simulations and CAD Applications
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    It honestly won't make a big different. I would, however, opt for a laptop without a low-end dGPU. They're next to useless and only serve to add another potential point of failure to your device.
     
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    Between the two I would go for the i5-7200 and 920MX. Plus the DDR4 is upgradable. However both dGPU are very weak if ypu can find something with a 940MX it would offer more benefit over the iGPU.
     
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    Unfortunately i cant find any with a reasonable price so i think i will have to choose between these 2 only options.
    Soni think i will stick to the i5 one. Thank you
     
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    Which exact models are you choosing between? Specs alone don't mean anything. You can have a 1060 laptop but if it overheats, it's useless. If the i5 model has issues, we may be able to tell you about them before you buy it rather than you ending up with an expensive paperweight.
     
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    Its called Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
    The configuration comes with Nvidia GeForce 920MX
     
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    Just add a SATA based SSD from crucial or Samsung. Crucial MX300 or samsung evo 850.
    If you want CUDA and OpenCL based acceleration go for Nvidia otherwise for pure OpenCL go with AMD. Don't skip on SSD because on W10 and above you need them w/o which the system will feel sluggish while computing MATLAB and CAD when you need more IO.
     
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    I assume the OP is on a tight budget, and options are limited and expensive in Egypt. But yes probably best to search for something without those crappy dGPUs, won't add much performance over an intel iGPU.
     
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    For decent compute based applications these cards would do. An AMD radeon m330 can OC a little higher. But that OC difference is too small in games, a increase in 3-5 fps but in compute based apps a 10 fps difference.
    Then again, OP's university will have a better GPU linked to a network for data mining and similar data crunching apps, so these specs will do the trick when working at home. Choose nvidia since you can use CUDA and OpenCL 1.2
     
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