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Difference between 3rd Gen i5 & 4th Gen i5 for office usage

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October 15, 2013 12:37:49 PM

I am in the process of buying a new laptop for office usage (not for gaming). It will be used more for office software, web, viewing graphic files etc. Would 3rd Gen i5 or i7 be sufficient?
What's the processing speed of 3rd Gen i3, i5, i7 & 4th Gen i3, i5 i7.....?
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October 15, 2013 12:41:53 PM

The difference between 3rd and 4th Gen Intel Core processors is shown to be around 5-10% depending on the program.
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October 15, 2013 12:47:30 PM

kiran02 said:
I am in the process of buying a new laptop for office usage (not for gaming). It will be used more for office software, web, viewing graphic files etc. Would 3rd Gen i5 or i7 be sufficient?
What's the processing speed of 3rd Gen i3, i5, i7 & 4th Gen i3, i5 i7.....?


An 3rd or 4th i3 is plenty fast for office usage. Are you going to be compressing in RAR or something else?


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October 15, 2013 12:56:22 PM

The biggest difference between Ivy Bridge (3rd gen) and Haswell (4th gen) is going to be battery life.

For basic office stuff, an i3 would be fine. Get at least an i5 if you have to run any type of encryption. i5 vs. i7 is your own decision based on specifically what you are doing.
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October 15, 2013 2:38:40 PM

From an office application perspective, the only reason I would consider upgrading from 3rd gen to 4th gen is if you are doing financial modelling like Monte Carlo simulations to determine probable outcome scenarios of various types of investment vehicle to estimate future value of said types of investments based on a multitude economic conditions.

Haswell introduced AVX2 (Advanced Vectoring Extension) instructions that helps to reduce the amount of time necessary to run various iterations of financial models. Also useful for scientific modelling as well.

If you are running simple Excel, PowerPoint and e-mails, then you are not going to notice any difference. Assuming the same clockspeed, a 4th gen Haswell CPU is on average 6% more powerful than the 3rd gen Ivy Bridge CPU.
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