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What's faster for web searching: dual or quad core?

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October 2, 2011 9:47:34 PM

Re: Which will be better faster for her usage: An AMD A4 3300M dual core at 1.9, or an AMD A6-3400M quad-core, or an Intel i5 2nd gen 2410M 2.3ghz, or 2430M 2.4ghz?

I'm helping a friend who lives in Scotland buy a laptop. She will use it for internet research, word procssing, and the like, so she wants it fast for the internet. She keeps her laptops a very long time: Her current machine is 10 years old, so she is buying for the future. Her price range is $450 to $650. She may use the webcam in the future, and may use it for multi-media for meetings, etc. Looking at Best Buy and NewEgg.

Which will be better for her usage: An AMD A4 3300M dual core at 1.9, or an AMD A6-3400M quad-core, or an Intel i5 2nd gen 2410M 2.3ghz, or 2430M 2.4ghz?

Thanks for your help!

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October 2, 2011 9:53:12 PM

Honestly, any of those are more than enough for basic web stuff, what would make web browsing better would be which ever comes with better ram and a faster hard drive. If they are all the same in those regards then i would go for the cheapest as there wont be much of a difference between any of those processors.
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October 2, 2011 9:54:11 PM

hunter315 said:
Honestly, any of those are more than enough for basic web stuff, what would make web browsing better would be which ever comes with better ram and a faster hard drive. If they are all the same in those regards then i would go for the cheapest as there wont be much of a difference between any of those processors.

Heck i am going to buy a i7 3960x hexacore and i am doing websearching 98% of the time. :D 
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October 2, 2011 9:55:12 PM

Any of them would do, but I prefer Intel CPUs, as they usually deliver better overall performance.
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October 2, 2011 9:56:04 PM

I really think if she is never moves her laptop out of the house then i think you could persuade her to buy a desktop.

Really now a lappy for 10 years...
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October 2, 2011 10:03:10 PM

For basic usage a dual core CPU will be fine. The CPU itself does not effect internet speed; that is determined by her internet service provider (ISP) and the type of connection she has. Intel CPUs have better performance than AMD CPUs even at the same clock speed. I would just get a laptop with an Intel i5-2410M which is a dual core CPU.

In terms of processing performance, an AMD Llano A4 APU would have to be around 2.9GHz to match the processing power of the Intel i5-2410M with a stock speed of 2.3GHz. In terms of graphics core performance, the A4 APU's Radeon HD 6480G is probably a little slower than a desktop Radeon HD 5550 video card. The Intel HD 3000 graphics core is slightly faster than a desktop Radeon HD 5450 video card.

AMD's Llano APUs packs a weak CPU core with relatively powerful graphic cores (for an integrated solution). Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs on the other hand has a powerful CPU core with a relatively weak graphics core. However, the Intel HD 3000 is probably 2x more powerful than their previous integrated graphics core; the GMA X4500M.

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October 2, 2011 10:04:37 PM

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For basic usage a dual core CPU will be fine. The CPU itself does not effect internet speed; that is determined by her internet service provider (ISP) and the type of connection she has. Intel CPUs have better performance than AMD CPUs even at the same clock speed. I would just get a laptop with an Intel i5-2410M which is a dual core CPU.

In terms of processing performance, an AMD Llano A4 APU would have to be around 2.9GHz to match the processing power of the Intel i5-2410M with a stock speed of 2.3GHz. In terms of graphics core performance, the A4 APU's Radeon HD 6480G is probably a little slower than a desktop Radeon HD 5550 video card. The Intel HD 3000 graphics core is slightly faster than a desktop Radeon HD 5450 video card.

AMD's Llano APUs packs a weak CPU core with relatively powerful graphic cores (for an integrated solution). Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs on the other hand has a powerful CPU core with a relatively weak graphics core. However, the Intel HD 3000 is probably 2x more powerful than their previous integrated graphics core; the GMA X4500M.

Jags know how to come in strong.
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October 2, 2011 10:05:22 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
I really think if she is never moves her laptop out of the house then i think you could persuade her to buy a desktop.

Really now a lappy for 10 years...


I have a laptop that's almost 10 years old; IBM ThinkPad T40. It still works, but multitasking is limited.
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October 2, 2011 10:06:27 PM

jaguarskx said:
I have a laptop that's almost 10 years old; IBM ThinkPad T40. It still works, but multitasking is limited.

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October 2, 2011 10:27:45 PM

cahatl said:
Re: Which will be better faster for her usage: An AMD A4 3300M dual core at 1.9, or an AMD A6-3400M quad-core, or an Intel i5 2nd gen 2410M 2.3ghz, or 2430M 2.4ghz?

I'm helping a friend who lives in Scotland buy a laptop. She will use it for internet research, word procssing, and the like, so she wants it fast for the internet. She keeps her laptops a very long time: Her current machine is 10 years old, so she is buying for the future. Her price range is $450 to $650. She may use the webcam in the future, and may use it for multi-media for meetings, etc. Looking at Best Buy and NewEgg.

Which will be better for her usage: An AMD A4 3300M dual core at 1.9, or an AMD A6-3400M quad-core, or an Intel i5 2nd gen 2410M 2.3ghz, or 2430M 2.4ghz?

Thanks for your help!




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Most of the HDDs are 5400 rpm, but there is one that has 7200 rmp. Should she choose that one?

If so, there is a HP with a i3 that has a 7200. Would the i3 slow it down too much?

She does take it with her to meetings and when she travels, so a PC won't do for her.

thanks so much for your quick replies.
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October 2, 2011 10:33:53 PM

Most of the HDDs are 5400 rpm, but there is one that has 7200 rmp. Should she choose that one?

If so, there is a HP with a i3 that has a 7200. Would the i3 slow it down too much?

She does take it with her to meetings and when she travels, so a PC won't do for her.

Yes, 10 years is a very long time, but her older ones only lasted 5 years. :sleep: 

Thanks so much for your quick replies.!!!!!

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October 2, 2011 10:44:07 PM

Considering that a Core i3 is faster than a Llano A4 performance should not be an issue.

A 7200RPM hard drive would make things load / save faster than a 5400RPM hard drive. It might make a 20 second difference when booting up Windows and maybe a few seconds when loading a program once she is in Windows.

I prefer to spending the extra money to get snappier experience.
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October 2, 2011 11:06:42 PM

jaguarskx said:
Considering that a Core i3 is faster than a Llano A4 performance should not be an issue.

A 7200RPM hard drive would make things load / save faster than a 5400RPM hard drive. It might make a 20 second difference when booting up Windows and maybe a few seconds when loading a program once she is in Windows.

I prefer to spending the extra money to get snappier experience.





What do you mean by a snapier experience?
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October 3, 2011 2:15:05 AM

As it stated before... A fast hard drive will make Windows more responsive due to less time to load Windows itself and programs.
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October 13, 2011 3:33:11 AM

Best answer selected by cahatl.
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