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Which is better: intel Core 2 Duo, Centrino 2, Core i3, i5 or i7

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March 7, 2012 8:52:45 PM

what distinguishes the core quad from the i3 or i5 ?? I'm in the mortgage biz and have specific software programs. i don't need anything elaborate, but I want room to grow. I can't decide on the brand, but I want good customer service!!!!!
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March 7, 2012 9:08:12 PM

Different architectures, different transistor sizes. I suggset the i5-2500k or i7-2600k, core 2 is old.
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March 7, 2012 10:00:52 PM

Core i series is the best, with the Second Generation i7 topping the list (second gen CPUs have 4 digit numbers instead of 3, ie i7-2600 vs. i7-930). Here is a link to anandtech, where you can select 2 different processors (like a Core2Quad and a Core i series) and see real life differences:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2

I agree with amuffin, either a i5-2500k (quad core without hyperthreading) or i7-2600k (quad core with hyperthreading) is best, with the i7 giving a better 'future-ability'. Good luck.
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March 7, 2012 10:02:21 PM

scottiemedic said:
Core i series is the best, with the Second Generation i7 topping the list (second gen CPUs have 4 digit numbers instead of 3, ie i7-2600 vs. i7-930). Here is a link to anandtech, where you can select 2 different processors (like a Core2Quad and a Core i series) and see real life differences:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2

I agree with amuffin, either a i5-2600k (dual core with hyperthreading) or i7-2600k (quad core with hyperthreading) is best, with the i7 giving a better 'future-ability'. Good luck.

i5 as quad core, not dual core hyperthreading. That's the i3
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March 7, 2012 10:06:25 PM

If it's laptops he's talking about - Core i5 might very well be a dual core hyperthreading.

He mentioned 'Centrino' which makes me think he's talking laptops.
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March 7, 2012 10:10:29 PM

Riddled that one with mistakes, called it a Core i5-2600k also! Ugh, I fixed it as to not confuse...
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March 7, 2012 10:30:30 PM

you may look at the processor specification. if its intel processors, look on the website, you will find the specifications for the processors. clock speed, maximum speed, bus, die size. the smaller the die size the better, the higher the clock speed the better..

you can compare the products on the intel website..

check it out
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March 7, 2012 10:44:23 PM

for the selections he gave, just choose between i series processors, just decide wether you want to spend more money for the i7 or have the affordable i3. all of them works fine depending on you load..
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March 7, 2012 11:25:48 PM

WR2 said:
If it's laptops he's talking about - Core i5 might very well be a dual core hyperthreading.

He mentioned 'Centrino' which makes me think he's talking laptops.

well he said core 2 quad, so idk :p 
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March 7, 2012 11:32:12 PM

An i5 is the best money that money buys without being an i7. Dual cores are just not worth it in the long run. The i5 is a true quad core while the i3 is only two cores and hyper threading. HT does help in most tasks and situations but in a few it can hurt performance when certain resources become constrained.
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