Hi, I've been checking on notebooks and I've come across to my favorite one. However, I have a choice to use either i3-380m and i5-460m, which are essentially the same in every way (build, cache, clock speed and whatnot) except that the i5 has a turbo boost that can increase the current cpu speed (2.53Ghz) to 2.80Ghz. The price difference is roughly US$100-150 (converted). So, my question is :+0.27Ghz worth the price? And IF money is no concern, how big is the difference between two 2.53Ghz and 2.80Ghz in real world applications and "future applications" (newer games and such)?
BTW, I've maxed everything out (4 or 8gb RAM, whichever I found fancy, ATI 5870 and 500gb HDD) so, the processor is the only thing I'll change. If it would help, I'll use the laptop for games (usually just GPU intensive) , photoshop and 3d modelling (but nothing VERY extensive)
@joytech22 Okay, I honestly don't know what those things do, but I think they're not that crucial for me in choosing which processor to use. Yes, I think the same way about the price to performance idea as well, since I've said before, their difference (AFAIK) is the turbo boost technology and I don't think its worth $100. Thank you for that, I just had the idea of some extra features of i5.
Well, can anyone add more thoughts about these two? Like their performance? I've looked a bit on benchmarking and those two has a PassMark grade of (i3) 2333 and (i5) 2633 and again, I really don't know how big is the difference between those numbers.