Amd triple vs intel i5

I am stuck...i am a mac user moving to the dark side (can't afford another mac). i am torn between the hp pavilion and the dell xps 15. they both have the specs i want with all the bells & whistles. however, the hp has the amd phenom triple and the dell has the intel i5. i do mostly graphics (photoshop) with the laptop, almost no gaming. in all honestly, i like the look of the hp better as it's the pc version of the macbook pro (i know, stupid reason to buy a computer, but i am a designer).

which would be the better option?
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  1. Not an expert, but I'm pretty sure the i5 tends to beat the Phenom in performance tests, and you'd have an extra core.
  2. Forgot to ask, what's the price difference and what are the models?
  3. i5 would be significantly faster than the triple core.
    you should look for a laptop with nvidia graphics as you're gonna use it for photoshop.
  4. both of the laptops run about the same price. i'm trying to stay around $900. i hate to admit it, but i'm leaning towards the hp. really...would i even notice the difference in performance? i am open to suggestions!

    HP:
    * • AMD Phenom(TM) II Triple-Core Mobile Processor N870 (2.3GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache)
    * • 512MB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 6370 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA]
    * • 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    * • 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    * • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 4.5 hours of battery life +++
    * • 15.6" diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Display (1366x768)
    * • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
    * • Wireless 802.11b/g/n Card with Bluetooth
    * • Backlit Keyboard

    DELL:
    * • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
    * • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
    * • 6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    640GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    * • 15.6 in HD WLED TL (1366x768) with Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
    * • 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    * • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
    * • 92 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    * • Standard Keyboard - English
  5. My vote - Dell
    N870 = 2234 vs 3510 for I5-2410 - No contest here - I5!
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-2410M+%40+2.30GHz

    Like the dell 9 cell battery
    Video looks like the dell uses shared memory (neg)
    ... Gt540M looks to be the better performer, HD 6370 = 307 vs GT 420 @ 587 (540 should be higher) Again PLUS for Dell
    How do the ports, ie USB3 and USB2, esata, HDMI compare.
    Do either one sport a 2nd HDD bay - Good point if you plan on going with an SSD downstream
    ON Display - If possible go to a brick & mortor store and look at display.

    Forget beauty contest, it's performance and features that count - Something about a sack comes to mind (I'm an dirty old man)
  6. don't settle, you'll hate yourself for it. I didn't. With HPs smart pass fingerprint reader, you'll get something you can't get on a mac. With what you do, you'll need the new gen i5 Sandy Bridge, especially if you ever want to do any video. It will take forever on a mac.

    Check here:

    http://livehotdeals.com/hp-deals

    Use the 30% off coupon code on the DV6T
  7. i5, phenoms are usually a bit worse than core iX + you have more cores.
  8. THANK YOU!! the coupons are a HUGE help!!!


    deusexmachina said:
    don't settle, you'll hate yourself for it. I didn't. With HPs smart pass fingerprint reader, you'll get something you can't get on a mac. With what you do, you'll need the new gen i5 Sandy Bridge, especially if you ever want to do any video. It will take forever on a mac.

    Check here:

    http://livehotdeals.com/hp-deals

    Use the 30% off coupon code on the DV6T
  9. they're both around $900.

    Quote:
    how far are they priced apart?
    Seems like at least 200USD for that kind of performance gap
  10. with the coupon codes deusexmachina sent, i can upgrade to the phenom quad. still stick with the i5?
  11. The i5 is considerably faster than any AMD processor. If you have to buy HP, look into their models that have the second generation iX cpus.
  12. Intel > AMD as far as power is concerned
  13. ^ Intel < AMD in price vs performance, anyway i like Intel more
  14. ^never had AMD mobile, and that's why i won't argue, maybe you're right..
  15. The dell would be better the specs are better and less free ware. (stupid programs that do not work that well, and are made by the company that made the computer.) The intel is an all around better processor. Congratulations on making the switch to a pc. You made the correct choice! ; )
  16. Stick with Intel, especially the 2400 series i5 processors. If you really miss the Mac, get an emulator to load OSX, and load all of your old programs. Macs run on Intel, right?
  17. TheTech214 said:
    The dell would be better the specs are better and less free ware. (stupid programs that do not work that well, and are made by the company that made the computer.) The intel is an all around better processor. Congratulations on making the switch to a pc. You made the correct choice! ; )


    You should always reformat any pre-built pc anyway once you get it. Pretty much all manufactures loads lots of junk on their computers, and a fresh install is easy and always the way to go.
  18. i pretty much settled on the dell. mostly because i can configure a backlit keyboard. any other laptops out there with backlit keyboards? an asus, perhaps?
  19. Quote:
    Your going with it because of the backlit keyboard? Idiot
    ... Facepalm


    I beg to differ. It's important to me, and it is my money. Plus, notice all the previous posts that recommend the dell.
  20. shrkbay said:
    i5, phenoms are usually a bit worse than core iX + you have more cores.


    For all of the people who aren't aware... Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor is a Dual Core Processor with HT (4 Threads).
  21. Dell > HP any day of the week (I've worked for both companies).

    That being said... Asus tend to make the better laptops but seeing as you're not a gamer... Asus doesn't appear to meet your needs.

    The Dell machine is the better one of the two you listed.
  22. ^ik that i5 2410 has 2 cores, but "+ you have more cores" was said to compare dell and hp
  23. amd is like 2 generations old..It is like a core2duo..
  24. ^phenom II is latest amd generation lol, 2 generations back is Athlon II, AMD has a processors that can beat most of Intels up to i5 2500K/i7 2600K/i7 980X
  25. ElMoIsEviL said:
    Dell > HP any day of the week (I've worked for both companies).

    That being said... Asus tend to make the better laptops but seeing as you're not a gamer... Asus doesn't appear to meet your needs.

    The Dell machine is the better one of the two you listed.



    i looked at the asus site and it's awful! too many models and no real compare chart. i was hoping to find an asus, too. one issue i find wiht a lot of the laptops is the "palm" issue, and asus has solved that. any chance you know of the models to look at? i5, graphics card and a backlit keyboard.
  26. one last monkey wrench... lenovo has 20% the ideapads. forgo the keyboard and go for it?
  27. Lenovo y590p:
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
    AMD Radeon HD 6570M 1GB
    8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
    15.6" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
    500GB 7200


    DELL XPS:
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
    6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    Backlit Keyboard - English
    LCD 15.6 in HD WLED TL (1366x768) with Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus
    500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  28. There's just a $50 difference. I'm going crazy over this. Is lenovo or dell an overall better company to deal with if something goes wrong? Also, I know the screen is incredible on the dell, not sure about the lenovo. I've told myself tomorrow is order day!
  29. lenovo you listed seems better and it's pretty known company so i think there won't be any problem with 'em
  30. shrkbay said:
    ^phenom II is latest amd generation lol, 2 generations back is Athlon II, AMD has a processors that can beat most of Intels up to i5 2500K/i7 2600K/i7 980X



    haha what? The Phenom II is late socket 775/early i3 worthy. Hell the 6 cores can't even beat the first gen i7s.

    Amd is far behind in processing power.
  31. ^agree...
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