Hello, I'm buying a Laptop and for the money I have I understood that there are only 2 CPUs. I want to know which one is better for gaming: i7-2630QM or i5-2410M. I chose them because they are the second generation pretty much and because the best video card I can buy for those money in my country is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M. So pretty much there goes the question: the Quad-Core with lower clock speed or the Dual-Core with higher speed for gaming? Thanks.
Even though it is slightly slower (300MHz) any game that takes advantage of four cores would be much better off. Not only that, but both CPUs have turbo boost that reaches 2.9GHz, so when running on a single core they should be essentially equal.
The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors have a 10% to 15% performance boost over the older 1st generation Intel Core processors. Also in a mobile environment the 2nd generation Intel Core processors are giving better life then the older generation processors.
For me the battery life and better CPU performance is more important than small down grade on the GPU. Also understand that I don't do much gaming from my laptop so the graphics aren't as important as the overall system performance.