AMD Vs Intel

Been and purchased a new laptop today, believe it all not, from Argos. £450 for Intel i5 Processor, 8gb RAM and a dedicated graphics card, looked at the box and it was not as advertised, it does not have a dedicated graphics card but an Intel HD 4000. Not too happy (thought it might be too good to be true!)

There was another I saw with an AMD A8 Quad Core processor, 8GB RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics card for the same price. How does the AMD processor match up to the i5 and because the graphics card is the same brand as the processor does that mean it's likely to be integrated too? Also how does AMD stand up against the only two I've had experience with - ATI & NVidia?

I know none of these are designed for gaming but for my budget (£450) I want to make sure I get the best I can.

Thanks.
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  1. That will likely depend on which CoreI5 processor and what your system usage will be. The AMD A8 processor is actually a processor and graphics card all in one. Technically, yes, it's integrated but with the processor and not the motherboard. AMD purchased ATI. They're one in the same.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Quote:
    Technically, yes, it's integrated but with the processor and not the motherboard.


    Thanks Wolf. It's the i5-3210M

    So, does this mean the AMD is likely handle graphics better than the Intel.
  3. Yes, the AMD graphics card would perform much better than the Intel HD4000, but the Intel processor is much better than the AMD processor. Again, it boils down to usage. If you're going for better graphics, go with AMD. If you're going for better processing power, go Intel.

    Just curious, though. If the packaging stated that the laptop had a discrete graphics card, it should. Some laptops have switchable graphics (integrated for basic tasks and discrete for more advanced tasks). What is the model number of the laptop you did get?

    -Wolf sends
  4. The website states a dedicated graphics card.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5089576.htm

    but the box says Intel HD 4000:

    http://i47.tinypic.com/rvdl5u.jpg


    The model number is E1-571 (although the majority with the same model number on the web have lower specs [i3 etc])
  5. ATI and AMD is now the same. Intel would outperform any AMD processor at the same price point but if you want a better integrated graphics + CPU combo. AMD is is way better then Intel.
  6. Well... even though it says it has a dedicated graphics card, it appears that they consider the Intel HD4000 as such. Additionally, I didn't realize the CoreI5 processor in this system was only a dual-core processor. It's still probably the better processor for gaming, but for multi-tasking, the AMD quad-core processor would be a better choice.

    -Wolf sends
  7. In gaming A6,A8,A10>HD3000-HD4000
  8. Might as well title the thread Coke vs Pepsi. lol. You're going to get die-hards from both sides pitching their case.
  9. Graphics cards wise, I'm not sure anyone would go for the Intel HD.

    Ideally I would like an i5 processor, 6GB RAM and NVidia 630M graphics (min).

    Struggling so much to find a laptop in my budget with an Nvidia graphics card and i5 processor, even refurbished models.
  10. Quote:
    Well... even though it says it has a dedicated graphics card, it appears that they consider the Intel HD4000 as such. Additionally, I didn't realize the CoreI5 processor in this system was only a dual-core processor. It's still probably the better processor for gaming, but for multi-tasking, the AMD quad-core processor would be a better choice.

    -Wolf sends



    Yep. It is the better processor for gaming but i5 is actually a Quadcore processor. i3 was the dual core one
  11. Quote:
    Yep. It is the better processor for gaming but i5 is actually a Quadcore processor. i3 was the dual core one


    Based on the specifications page the OP provided:

    Quote:
    Intel Core i5 dual core 3210M processor.


    Intel Core I5-3210M

    -Wolf sends
  12. Missed the i5 dual core 3210M.
  13. Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM (2.2GHz, 6M cache)
    8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 DIMMs)
    1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    2 GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M Card

    Got all this for £450. I don't think I'm going to find a better deal than that.
  14. Quote:
    Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM (2.2GHz, 6M cache)
    8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 DIMMs)
    1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    2 GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M Card

    Got all this for £450. I don't think I'm going to find a better deal than that.



    Where did you find this would be interested in something similar.
  15. look at the Samsung series 7 laptop referb on new egg nice price and it has what your looking for. im an intel guy myself but if you go with your choice between the two your looking at grab the amd because it has better on board performance.
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    Where did you find this would be interested in something similar.


    It's the top of the line 15R Special Edition from Dell:

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd

    (I couldn't find it on the UK Website) But mine was from the Outlet section. under the category that states minimal scratches etc. A pretty good deal I thought!
  17. This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Laptops & Notebooks by Mousemonkey
  18. Samsung NP300E5X-A01IN
    m.samsung.com/in/consumer/pc-peripherals-printer/notebook/essential/NP300E5X-A01IN-spec
  19. Get the A8 for better performance in game. I also have a i5-3210m +HD4000 combo and it sucks for games.

    Dual core i5 and quad A8 don't compare. The FX 8350 is 8/8 while the i7-3770K is 4/8 yet the i7 destroys the FX.
  20. To Wolf, Thanks for giving difference in intel graphics cards and AMD graphics cards. I am looking for HP laptops. They are having few with Intel HD 4000 Graphics Card, and few with AMD Radeon 7670M Graphics card with dedicated processor. Tell me please which one is most suitable for me, if I am using laptop for daily routine and some business activities, not much for HD Gaming.
  21. HI!

    I have previously made purchases from ARGOS and the stuff written on their website is not necessarily true!

    In my case, it was simply something non relevant; I bought a tablet of one series but received a different version completely. I was happy however I still took pictures of the website and receipt so that if any faults or anything down the line I could easily return to store and claim false advertising/money back.


    Regards,
  22. tabascosauz said:
    Get the A8 for better performance in game. I also have a i5-3210m +HD4000 combo and it sucks for games.

    Dual core i5 and quad A8 don't compare. The FX 8350 is 8/8 while the i7-3770K is 4/8 yet the i7 destroys the FX.



    Well looking at game reviews for instance it appears that the order of igp goes as follows.

    HD 4600 (haswell) ~= a10 > a8 ~= HD4000 >a6>HD3000

    Remember a10 is 384 gpu cores while a8 is only 256 or 33% slower.
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