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APU Quad Core A10 4600M Or Core i5 (3rd Generation) 3210M

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February 25, 2013 4:19:49 PM

I am gonna go for a laptop within this week and i am confused with these 2 models.


APU Quad Core A10 4600M ---- Core i5 (3rd Generation) 3210M
6 GB DDR3---4 GB DDR3
2 GB AMD 7670M HD Graphics ---- 1 GB AMD 7670M HD Graphics
(Integrated 512 MB AMD 7660 G)

Confusion is about the processors. Dont know whether the amd processors are good performers than the intel i's.
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February 25, 2013 4:57:13 PM

i5-3210M is about 10-15% faster than the A10-4600M
7670M is about 15-20% faster than the 7660G.


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February 25, 2013 5:07:06 PM

twelve25 said:
i5-3210M is about 10-15% faster than the A10-4600M
7670M is about 15-20% faster than the 7660G.

amd= about 20% better graphics
intel= about 10% better cpu
(go amd better performnce overall here)
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February 25, 2013 5:28:08 PM

The i5 is really a dual core "i3" so its not much faster than the A10.
By itself, the A10-4600M apu has a fairly decent gpu already built in.

There is also "dual graphics" so adding a extra hd-7670m means it can sort of "crossfire" with the integrated A10 gpu. In benchmarks this has not worked out so good.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7660G-HD-767...

Look and see if the A10 laptop lets you run with the integrated gpu only when running on battery power, if it does this means gaming on battery power is possible.

In some ways adding a discrete hd-7670m to the A10-4600m laptop ruins it.
I would look at the cheaper model that lacks the discrete hd-7670m.
If it's over $100 cheaper, i would consider running just the apu.

Both the A10-4600m and 3210M are 35watts. But the A10 includes a 384 shader
gpu in that 35watts of power.

The hd-7670 uses 19 watts, so it's 35+19 watts=54watts.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7670M.69483....
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7660G.69830....

Sadly when you look at the benchmarks, dual graphics doesn't seem to work well and the hd-7670m is not much faster than the integrated hd-7660G.
February 25, 2013 6:20:32 PM

Yeah they are more pricey.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GX Series GX60 1AC-021US Notebook AMD A-Series A10-4600M(2.30GHz) 15.6" 8GB Memory DDR3 1600 750GB HDD 7200rpm BD-ROM AMD Radeon HD 7970M
$1,199.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$499.99 lenovo IdeaPad Z585 (59363062) Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M(1.90GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW AMD Radeon HD 7670M

There are some in the $700 to $1200 range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...
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