Toshiba AMD Quad or i3? Which is better?

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  1. ikarah

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    Well the only difference seems to be the CPU, GPU, HDD, and battery life.
    The 5214 has the worse CPU and GPU which leads to the better battery life (By an estimated 0.55 hours). And it has the larger HDD.

    The 5218 will perform better but has the more limited memory (granted, an external hard drive is very cheap these days). Also you lose 33 minutes of battery life.

    Personally between the two I say the 5218 is the better one, especially for only $7 more.

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    Here is a link to a CPU comparison:
    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/723/AMD_A6-Series_for_Notebooks_A6-3400M_vs_Intel_Core_i3_Mobile_i3-2310M_%28PGA%29.html
     
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    what if i upgrade to an i5 will the AMD still be better?
     
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    Alrighty then thanks a billion ! =]
     
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    i3 would be faster. i5 wouldn't even be on the same wavelength. You're almost twice as efficient on a per clock basis that the two extra cores won't even make up the gap in heavily multi-threaded apps.

    The fastest AMD Llano DESKTOP CPU is only as fast as the lower end first gen MOBILE i7s.
     
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    hmm ok so i3 or amd? The dude above mention the amd is better bargain...Your saying the i3 is?
     
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    No, he said AMD has the better on-board GPU chip.
     
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    Benchmarks please. (Preferably done by someone other than Intel.)
     
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