Quad or Dual?


is the intel core i7 720qm 1.6ghz quad core better than intel core i5 2430m 2.4ghz dual core when it comes to laptop gaming?
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  1. Maybe, maybe not.
    It might come down to which game you play most.
  2. I highly doubt the i7-720 is better, but I don't know that anyone has specifically done a comparison between these two processors.

    According to passmark, the 2430m gets a score of 3455 and the 720qm gets a score of 3350, but that is on a highly threaded application. For gaming the higher clock speeds should outweigh the extra cores almost all the time as it does with desktops.
  3. Lets talk about the graphics cards.

    I'm thinking the notebook with the best graphics card is going to be the best gaming choice.
  4. It depends on which games you are playing too. If you are talking about flash/java browser games they only use 1 core AFAIK.

    However, indeed my response assumes that everything else is the same except the processors. If one has a much better graphics chip than the other it would win out most likely.
  5. Most games are dependent on the GPU rather than the CPU. Also most games only use 2 cores with a small percentage of games being capable of using 4 cores.

    Assuming both laptops has the same GPU, then it depends on the game itself. Most of the time the i5-2430m will have a little better performance. That is until you play a game that can use 4 cores.

    If the i5-2430m laptop comes with a faster GPU, then go with the i5-2430 laptop.
  6. thank you for the responses.

    these are the two laptops:

    sager np8690
    intel core i7 720qm 1.6ghz quad core (6M Cache, 1.60 GHz) up to 2.8
    6gb Ram
    nvidia geforce gtx 285m

    sager np6150
    intel core i5 2430m 2.4ghz dual core (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
    4gb ram
    nvidia geforce gt 540m
  7. And the Sager NP8690 is 3 years old and the NP6150 is just 1 year old?
  8. The 285m is the faster chip, but I don't know if it is too old to play a lot of games driver wise.

    The 500 series chip is one generation old (nvidia is on 600 series now) and the 200 series chip is like 3 generations old now. Not sure why, but I think Nvidia skipped the 300s for some reason.

    Anyway, I would hazard a guess that the 500 series chip can use DX 11 and the 200 series chip can only use DX 9. That would be a big handicap going into the future.

    I would honestly be worried that both laptops will perform below your expectations for gaming.

    Anyway, I guess I would take the one with the 540 if it were me, to make sure I had DX 11 available.
  9. Personally, I'd skip the older model based on longevity concerns even though it probably would perform better in many games.
  10. a quad will be a better choice for future proof
  11. Best answer
    2 cores @ 1.6 is quite a lot worse than 2 cores @ 2.4

    Might as well not make the laptop suck at games now in hopes that in the future it won't suck *as much* at games.

    I think it will be a long time before the average game requires 4 cores.
  12. Best answer selected by lthltk.
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