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Intel i5 Dual-core vs. AMD A8 Quad-core

by jessicamyb / December 8, 2016 1:21 PM PST

I've found two laptops that I'm interested in. Both laptops have the same specs with the exception being that laptop 1 has AMD A8 Quad-core, while laptop 2 has Intel i5 Dual-core. Another difference is that laptop 1 is £30 cheaper.

I've read online that quad-core is better than dual-core, however, I've also read that Intel processor is much better than AMD. So do I sacrifice a higher core for the sake of a lower better quality? And if so, is it worth paying the additional £30 for this?

I'm not brilliant when it comes to laptops but I do try and research before I buy.

In terms of use, my laptop will be for every day purposes, as well as for university work (mostly involving the internet and Word etc., but in some cases I also need to use specific software).

I would like to take into consideration battery life as well, and I'm not quite sure how these processors would affect that.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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The one thing you did not mention is GAMING.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 2:08 PM PST

The AMD A8 should get the edge here if it has dual channel memory.

But for a CPU the i5 beats the A8. Do not get confused about core count. The i5 does have hyperthreading so that is 4 threads running on both models of CPU.

For this round, i5 wins.

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Thank you
by jessicamyb / December 8, 2016 2:26 PM PST

Thank you for your advice, and for sake of putting it out there, gaming isn't much of an issue (I don't think). At the moment I only play Minecraft and The Sims, and I'm looking to get Cities: Skylines soon.

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For gaming,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 2:36 PM PST
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Both are lackluster. Probably low settings and for the A8 it doesn't really perform well unless there are 2 sticks of matched memory. Again, dual channel is very important on that CPU. Moreso than folk realize.

Minecraft is passable but The Sims will be annoyingly slow. I'd have to push you into some gaming laptop to really deliver. Think about laptops with the i5 and 960M or better GPU.

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Money
by jessicamyb / December 8, 2016 3:06 PM PST
In reply to: For gaming,

Unfortunately I don't have the money to buy anything better. Laptop 2 is £399 and I have to buy Home & Student Office as well.

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Why must you buy Home and Office.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 3:58 PM PST
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Agree with that.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 4:34 PM PST

People seem to be enslaved by Office.
Dafydd.

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Libre!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 5:58 PM PST
In reply to: Agree with that.

And also gratis!

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Aye!
by Dafydd Forum moderator / December 8, 2016 6:06 PM PST
In reply to: Libre!

Dafydd.

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Home and Office
by jessicamyb / December 9, 2016 8:34 AM PST

I've always had to use Office for Uni so I'm familiar with it. In honesty, I've never heard of Libre Office. I suppose I could download that on my current laptop to test first.

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