Is there supposed to be a noticeable speed difference when internet browsing, office applications etc between B970 and AMD A8 4500M?
I need to buy a new laptop asap and can't wait until windows 8 comes out. The two laptops are similar except that the 1st one comes with the amd processor, 500gb hard drive, but costs $100 more. The 2nd one comes with the b970 processor, 320 gb hard drive, and no cd-dvd drive. I tried both of them at the store earlier today. The 2nd one seemed faster when I was internet surfing but internet explorer on it also crashed several times (but re-opened fairly quickly). I don't know much about processors but I had thought the amd a8-4500m would be faster than the intel b970. Is what I experienced expected?
I intend to use the laptop for internet surfing and programming with php. I don't intend to use it for gaming. Since I do multi-task sometimes, I thought the amd would be much better since it is quad core.
I don't really need the cd-dvd drive as I rarely use CDs or DVDs, but I do need to use them once in a while. On my current laptop, I'm only using about 150gb, so 500gb isn't necessary for me.
What do you guys think is the better deal for me? I think the 2nd one is but I just want to make sure that the AMD a8-4500m isn't supposed to be significantly faster than the intel premium b970
For your usage, both will be fine. I'm thinking the installation of Windows on the demos you used were gunked up; thus leading to crashes and whatnot. If you get a brand new laptop, you will notice no difference while using Office applications.
I would personally pick up the AMD machine, just because of the extra GPU horsepower for some casual gaming I may do
At the end of the day, I would choose the laptop that has the best features for your needs. As I said earlier, both will suffice
Unless you are playing games the I5 is going to be overkill for everyday use. The Pentium G or I3 would be more than enough.
I would agree, however, considering that this laptop is cheaper than the ones OP first listed, I think it's a suitable alternative.
I just noticed OP didn't link any laptops I'm confusing another thread... My apologies.
This laptop is also a very nice selection, I would say go for the option that has the best aesthetics/features for you. And of course, a laptop that is the most price friendly for you. Any of these laptops would suffice and get their job done considering you'll only be taking advantage of Office applications It's just a matter of looks, features, and cost now.