Should I get a Thinkpad T560 i5 or T540p i7?

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  1. JOHNNXIV

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    T560 i5-6200U Dual 2.3GHz vs T540P Intel Core I7-4700MQ 2.4GHz

    I will use it to run virtual machines to learn computer networks, programming language.

    Thank you in advanced,
     
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    4700MQ will be twice as powerful with 4 cores and 8 threads vs 2 cores and 4 threads on the 6200U. Get the T540P if you want to have any form of CPU power.
     
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    I did my research on that but the T540 is 4 year olds and the T560 is only 2 year olds.
    The i7 is older generation too. What is your thought?
     
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    The differences between Haswell and Skylake is 15% at most. The 6200U also has lower overall boost clocks for all cores making the difference even smaller. The 4700MQ will be about 90% faster.
     
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    Since you are going to use it for learning programming an then i guess newer processor and better clocks should be mandatory and i really suggest you to go with I7. Actually there is huge leap between haswell and skylake in term of power efficiency. Skylake is more friendly, but the power you would get here would be less since it still dual core.
     
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    If OP is using this device to "learn computer networks, programming language" he/she can get away with the processing power of a Raspberry Pi, if not a calculator.
     
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