I am going to buy a laptop in the near future (2-3 weeks) and I wonder which CPU would be best. The laptop will be used for everyday use and also gaming. Will there be any big difference in gaming between the 2 CPU-s, and is the i7 really worth it. I don't do video editing and AutoCad and so the hardest thing for the machine to deal with will be some new game. I have chosen a Dell model with a 5650 ATI 1 GB , 4 GB 1333 RAM and don't know witch core to choose. Please help because i have been stuck with this dilemma for a long time.
But won't this new technology be very expensive. I read a couple of reviews and by the looks of it sandy bridge will be more useful for those working with video rendering. Would it be worth it for just gaming experience?
I dunno what the mobile versions of SB will go for, but Intel is IMHO being pretty reasonable with the desktop versions - supposedly only $317 for the highest-end 2600K version, which has HT, unlocked multi, etc.
What I'm interested in, is the onboard GPU for ordinary use (web browsing, etc). Should save considerably on battery life. But I plan to get one with a discrete GPU as well, since I also plan to game on the laptop.
FYI, Intel officially announces Sandy Bridge on Jan. 5th, at CES, so there will be a boatload of reviews out that day.