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Intel® Core™ i3 vs Intel® Core™2 Duo

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February 19, 2010 4:42:36 AM

Trying to decide between two Asus laptops, and these two processors are the main difference. I see that the I3 has a faster processor speed and system bus. Why is that and does it make a difference? I will probably be watching DVD's and some gaming(first person shooters and action, no WOW or Star Trek or anything like that).
February 19, 2010 5:08:59 AM

The Core i3 is a newer processor, so if you can get it for about the same price, I think you should for the i3. I've read that it gives better battery life as well. Also, because it's newer, it should be more "future-proof" and able to handle newer software better, later down the road.

Aside from all those minor things, there really isn't that big of a difference for your needs. Many applications don't even utilize the hyper-threading technology yet, so it's not all that important, imo.

Just get whichever one you want, though I'd suggest the i3 =P
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February 19, 2010 5:26:07 AM

i3 hands down. Overall a way better processor.
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February 19, 2010 5:35:45 AM

If the i3 laptop uses integrated graphics, but the Core2Duo laptop comes with discrete graphics. I would get the Core2Duo and the discrete graphics. Considering, that they are both priced similarly.

However, if you can get the i3 laptop with discrete graphics then I would go for that. Since, you play games and it would be more future proof.
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February 19, 2010 5:41:05 AM

aylafan said:
If the i3 laptop uses integrated graphics, but the Core2Duo laptop comes with discrete graphics. I would get the Core2Duo and the discrete graphics. Considering, that they are both priced similarly.

However, if you can get the i3 laptop with discrete graphics then I would go for that. Since, you play games and it would be more future proof.



+1 to best answer suggestion.
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February 19, 2010 6:21:11 AM

What are the specs of these two notebooks?
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February 19, 2010 4:44:08 PM

Yea...The specs...
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