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Do I need quad core???

by normanbc / March 29, 2014 9:55 AM PDT

Hello all,

First time poster, sorry if I throw out some noob questions. I am in the market for a new work computer. They are giving me $2000 max but would like to come in at around $1800.
What I do/need- I am a researcher at a large university.
--Portability - I will be toting it around a large university campus
--Size - 13-14", no smaller b/c of the software I will be running.
--Battery - 6-8hrs preferable, longer would be awesome.
--I like the idea of touch screen but definitely not mandatory.
I currently have a 2012 mac pro (no retina) and it works fine. It occasionally bogs down when I am running streaming radio, have the browser open, and am doing statistical computing. I will be using Stata statistical software with fairly large databases. I went to a computer store today and was told I NEEDED quad-core with basically eliminated everything I was looking at... though I'm not sure that this is necessarily true.

Thoughts? Quad-core vs. i7 dual core with 8gb ram?? Suggestions on where I should look.

Cheers and thanks so much!!

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It sounds like you're looking at AMD vs Intel
by wpgwpg / March 29, 2014 10:13 AM PDT
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The Intel I7 CPUs have multiple threads per core so a dual core I7 will have 4 threads. The AMD processors have only one thread per core. So when comparing I7 processors to AMD processors, you need to take that into account. I'd think any version of the I7 would have all the oomph you'd ever need.
Good luck.

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by normanbc / March 29, 2014 10:39 AM PDT

That is kind of what I figured. I think they work on commission and the quad core rigs were more cash. I've had my eye on the lenovo x1 carbon as a prototype of what I like.

Thanks so much for the response!

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