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AMD & Intel: Equivalents and better brand

legitturtle 8 13 January 24, 2016 at 03:19 PM
I am shopping for a new, cheap laptop. I have been mainly looking for core i3's and i5's, but I have seen some AMD A6, A8 and some A10 laptops. For under $400, which would be best, and which AMD processor matches which Intel one?

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This one is 252 at the dell outlet

System ID: 097W79W2
Inspiron 15 - 3542
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System Price: $389.00
Inspiron 15 - 3542
Processor Processor: Intel Core 4th Generation i3-4030U processor (3M Cache, 1.9 GHz)
Operating System Windows 8.1 (Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Home)
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Laptop Screen 15.6 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
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Compare CPU benchmarks here: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
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Intel is way better than amd. I custom built my gaming computer with amd and wish I went with Intel. More things are optimized for it.
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Intel is best option to buy instead of AMD processor , Intel is fast as comparatively to AMD

you can buy Dell Laptop i5
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Intel is way better than amd. I custom built my gaming computer with amd and wish I went with Intel. More things are optimized for it.
Gaming is the main area where AMD falls short due to lack of multi core support. Multi core supported game generally do a lot better in comparison. If you aren't a big gamer, go with whatever is cheapest/fastest as per the benchmarks.
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Gaming is the main area where AMD falls short due to lack of multi core support. Multi core supported game generally do a lot better in comparison. If you aren't a big gamer, go with whatever is cheapest/fastest as per the benchmarks.
What do you mean, AMD has multicore processors and multistream GPU. Not an AMD fan myself for processors, just wondering.


OP, Your best off with an intel i series for a laptop. Intel has for several years led the performance per watt category which is what is important in a laptop. $400 isn't much for a computer so make sure your tempering your expectations. Personally I have not been impressed by many of the low cost machines, build quality is usually poor. If your going to be moving it around a lot spending more will probably result in a machine that is more durable physically.
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What do you mean, AMD has multicore processors and multistream GPU. Not an AMD fan myself for processors, just wondering.


OP, Your best off with an intel i series for a laptop. Intel has for several years led the performance per watt category which is what is important in a laptop. $400 isn't much for a computer so make sure your tempering your expectations. Personally I have not been impressed by many of the low cost machines, build quality is usually poor. If your going to be moving it around a lot spending more will probably result in a machine that is more durable physically.
The games themselves don't take advantage of multiple cores, not the processors. This is why i5 and i7 have fared so well on gaming benchmarks traditionally. AMD can only hold it's own on gaming benchmarks with more recent games.
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
The games themselves don't take advantage of multiple cores, not the processors. This is why i5 and i7 have fared so well on gaming benchmarks traditionally. AMD can only hold it's own on gaming benchmarks with more recent games.
For several years new games have been multicore compatible. Depends on the game engine being used but this is largely a think of the past I thought.
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For this budget, wouldn't games be mostly limited by the integrated GPU anyway? At least compared to a low end haswell i3 like the one linked up thread, is suspect a similarly priced AMD cpu would probably win on gaming.

That said, at this budget you're really not going to get something from either brand that's runs new 3d games.
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For several years new games have been multicore compatible. Depends on the game engine being used but this is largely a think of the past I thought.
Sorry, should have specified, quad core capable/supported, NOT multi core capable. However, even games that require a quad core CPU may not be optimized to take advantage of all cores.
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The last time I bought a laptop, I chose Intel because the general belief in my searches online at that time was that Intel was superior to AMD for processors. GPU's were a different story, the belief seemed to run about 50-50.
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