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I5 or i7?

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June 10, 2012 11:15:49 AM

Hello,
I am planning to buy a new laptop but confused between i5 or i7.
For i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz);4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz and AMD Radeon HD 7730M DDR3 2GB card and 1TB harddisk.
For i7-3612QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.1 GHz);4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz and AMD Radeon HD 7730M DDR3 2GB card and 1TB harddisk.
Which one should I purchase and is the graphic card good for gaming?

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June 10, 2012 11:27:32 AM

The 7730 description is here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678....
I quote:
"The design of the Radeon 7700M series has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7750 with 512 1D shader cores and 32 texture units. However, it has a core clock of only 575 - 675 MHz compared to 800 MHz for the HD 7750. As a result, power consumption is expected to be much lower. While the desktop-version supports PCIe 3.0, the 7700M-Series doesn't (according to AMD).

The performance should be between the DDR3-versions of Nvidias GeForce GT 650M and 640M. Therefore, current (Spring 2012) and demanding games should run fluently in medium or high settings in most cases."
So it should be good.

For the processor, here is comparison:

Full detail from here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmar...
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