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Choosing between an i3-350M, i5-530M and i7-720QM

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June 21, 2010 5:28:51 PM

Hello,
I'm looking to buy a new laptop, for usage from gaming to basic video encoding (family videos).
Asus proposes with the exact same specs (4Go RAM, Nvidia 355m with optimus, 500Go HDD, 14' LED) on 3 different CPUs.

1- N82JV, which has a i3-350M and costs 800€

2- N82JQ, which has a i7-720QM and costs 1100€

3- There is also the X42JV with a i5-530M but is heavier than the two others and costs 800€

My question is if it is worth paying 300€ more to switch from a i3 to an i7?

Is the X42JV with the i5 a good compromise?

Thank you for your help.
June 21, 2010 5:57:45 PM

@ Zipzoomflyhigh: There are no i5 quad-cores in the laptop sector.

@ OP: I would reccomend the i5 computer, unless you really need the slight performance advantage the i7 gives. The 45nm quad-core i7 will also drain the battery much faster than the 32nm dual-core i5. Since the i5 is the same price as the i3, I would recommend the i5, unless weight is a huge issue.
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