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AMD Phenom II Quad-Core vs Intel Core i5

by knowledgeek / November 13, 2010 11:15 PM PST

For laptops

1) AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile Processor N950 (2.10GHz, 2MB Cache) vs 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-460M

2) In general, i7 vs Phenom 2.

3) Whats the best AMD processor. I'm guessing i7 is the best Intel one.

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Beware the highest end CPU in gaming laptops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 13, 2010 11:51 PM PST

Besides you should know by now it's not the CPU that matters as much as the GPU. When you move past the i5 you lose (this is true today and may not be for lone) SWITCHABLE GRAPHICS.

I find many complain of heat if they don't get this.

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Thanks, so which one out of those two?
by knowledgeek / November 14, 2010 7:08 AM PST

I don't think either of these are the highest end ones:

-AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile Processor N950 (2.10GHz, 2MB Cache)

-2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-460M dual-core processor

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Why not the 460M?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 7:35 AM PST

As a rule I don't duplicate the web but comment on things you may not find on your own. For example, gamer web sites will not warn you about i7 laptops and heat.

My nod is to the 460M

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by knowledgeek / November 14, 2010 10:15 AM PST
In reply to: Why not the 460M?

I guess I'm just confused if you are comparing the i5 to the Phenom 2 or the i7 (which I actually decided against because I read about heat problems in all your other posts).

Looks like 460M is the way to go!

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Not a heat problem?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 2:09 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

It's simpler than that. All the quad core i7 laptops emit a steady stream of hot air and some are alarmed at the CPU temp when they compare it to a desktop. There is no "design flaw" here. This is what happens when you pack that much into this form.

Pull back one notch on the CPU and you get away from the hottest laptops.

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