01-19-2010 04:10 PM
Hey everyone! I am in the market for a new laptop and I am trying to decide which processor is better between the core 2 duo or the new i3. Is there really that noticeable of a difference? I have unsuccessfully tried to find head-to-head comparisons of the two on the internet but that may be because the i3 is so new. I would like to get the best that I can at the most reasonable price. I am not really a gamer but I would like to be able to run multiple applications and play/edit HD video when needed. I understand that the i3 is also an "entry-level" processor so would it be worthwhile to hold off until more i5 and i7 models become available? I have plenty of time to look around before purchasing so I am not in any sort of rush, just trying to see what is out there.
Thanks in advance for all your your help!
01-19-2010 05:06 PM
Well the i3 wouldoutperform theC2D but the cost of the i3's supporting hardware might not be worth it (RAM, motherboard). The i7 has been on a perpetual sale (for the last year) at a certain retailer for $199. You will find it if you Google. Supporting hardware would be pricey but the performance gains over a C2D would be considerable. If I was going to build myself a new PC right now, that is the way I would go. If you are going dual-core, then I would stick with a C2D over an i3 for the cost savings vs minimal performance gain.
I guess the real question is - do you need anything more than a C2D? A C2D will easily handle the needs of most casual users but if you are rendering/encoding AVCHD for example, then quad-core will be quite beneficial.
01-19-2010 05:18 PM
The i3 is significantly faster than Core 2 Duo. Intel has come viscous for 2010.
01-19-2010 05:41 PM
Thanks for the help! I probably would do fine with the C2D but I am trying to think about the future. Case in point, my current laptop has lasted me over four years. I don't see myself needing a quad core because I am more of a casual user. I have seen two similar models on the BB Web site that differ only in the processor for about $80 difference (before tax). Either model would work within my price range. I just need to make a decision about which one to choose or whether I should wait and see what models come out using the i5 and the i7.
01-19-2010 05:51 PM
They've come viscous?
Ahhh, my heat-seeking dictionary friend. I'm had yet again. Vicious.