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Dual Core or Quad Core, which do I need?

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July 13, 2011 10:04:43 PM

I am choosing between an i7 2620M and an i72630QM. The former is a dual core, 2.7 up to 3.4GHz. The latter is a quad core 2.2 up to 3.3GHz.

Basically, which would I be better off with (I plan on using a laptop for school which includes engineering software)

The laptop I plan on getting, with either of the two aforementioned Processors is a Dell XPS17 with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD, 8GB RAM, 3GB NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, 1080p resolution screen, BluRay player, and upgraded speakers.

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July 13, 2011 10:34:33 PM

collegestudent11 said:
I am choosing between an i7 2620M and an i72630QM. The former is a dual core, 2.7 up to 3.4GHz. The latter is a quad core 2.2 up to 3.3GHz.

Basically, which would I be better off with (I plan on using a laptop for school which includes engineering software)

The laptop I plan on getting, with either of the two aforementioned Processors is a Dell XPS17 with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD, 8GB RAM, 3GB NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, 1080p resolution screen, BluRay player, and upgraded speakers.


it would mainly depend on if the engineering software your using can use 4 cores or not. Although i got hunch that it can.

If so, i would say for your usage if the software can use the 4 cores, the I7 2630QM will be more useful than than the higher ghz dual core 2620M.
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July 14, 2011 12:57:54 AM

More cores generally equals more power, and the more power you have the better off you are. That's how I look at it. :) 

But as warmon said, I'm gonna assume that your engineering software is well threaded (uses all cores), which will make it perform drastically faster on a quad core than a dual core processor.
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July 15, 2011 5:30:22 AM

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