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Ok I'm on the final stage of tring to make my Laptop PC. The new processors i5 and i7 are kind of new to me. Anyways the two top of the lines between the two come to the same price in the maken of the laptop. So price wise it don't matter because they both the same in the over all. Now my trouble is in the picking of the two on paper. The i5 looks to have the stronger processor power then the i7, but the i7 is a Quad core. I'm hopen someone can let me know what one is the over all best choice and maybe why it is the best choice. Thank you for your help.

These are the stats for the two below. If there is anything else you like to know let me know. Besides these two processors i have to choose from the rest of the PC is the same. Its all a matter of what one.

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)

Processor NEW 2010 Intel® Core™ i5-520M 2.40GHz (2.93Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache)

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A higher speed Core i5 Dual-core would probably run one application faster than a lower-speed Core i7 Quad-core, but the Quad would run multiple applications faster.

In the end, both have different strengths, so it depends what you want your computer for. Gaming? Video encoding? If it's just for e-mail and sorting photos then you prob. won't be able to tell the difference.

Best to look at some hardware enthusiast sites for benchmarks with different apps.

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Cool thank you. I want it for gaming more or less. So the i5 might do the better job with little bit more processor power i take it? I have afew more days to make up my mind so i will try to find a bench mark on the two if i can.

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Take note also... besides the quad core in the I7, it has double the cache. Also each of the cores does hyperthreading showing 8 processors in windows ... 4 real and 4 virtual. Although your games might not use all the cores, the operating system can if vista or windows 7 to do back ground tasks... and if you use photoshop or any multithreaded application, they will love you.

This may help break it down better for you...

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/48391.aspx

Also they show the new i3 in there.

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Great read ROCO*AFZ*. That did help alot in tring to understand the two. From what i see and read it sounds like i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache) being a multithread Quad cores in a gameing form will must likely only still reach 1.6GHz since almost no games really use multicores. Which is under my bench for what im looking for to run at least R.U.S.E. coming out later this year. I need to look deeper into how RUSE will run with a PC usen i7 i guess. As for the i5-520M 2.40GHz (2.93Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache) i think is still alittle low, but has the better chance with the Turbo mode going active with the game. Or at least from what i got out of that read and the i5 being in the 520M seires of models. Even if the Turbo mode 2.93Ghz dont go active at least the i5 at 2.40GHz default should be enough to get R.U.S.E. to run compared to the i7 at 1.6GHz Default if im understanding this right.

I will still try to look and read more on this. I will say the i7 does sound like a beast in the multi tasking!

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Dude, the CPU alone does not determine gaming performance. You have to look at RAM, GPU etc.

In general, do not expect a laptop to be a decent gaming machine for any new game in the last 3 years. Sure some games may play, but you will likely have to put up with choppy framerates and decreased graphics settings.

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Dude, the CPU alone does not determine gaming performance. You have to look at RAM, GPU etc.

In general, do not expect a laptop to be a decent gaming machine for any new game in the last 3 years. Sure some games may play, but you will likely have to put up with choppy framerates and decreased graphics settings.

Yes i know that, but its the processor alone that is weak and just breaking even or below with what i want. Everything else is way way above what im looking for its just the processor thats kind of below par. So far i have found just them two i showen above for a Touch screen Laptop are the 2 strongest i can find at this time. The i5 at 2.8GHz Turbo seems to be the best processor i can find for a laptop that has the best chance at pushing the game i want. Besides the i7 with Quad core at 1.6HGz. in Turbo 2.9GHz. The 2.8GHz is also the min the game is ment to run at. The Ram, Graphic card and GPU and all the rest in the laptop are more then req level for the highest level the game wants. Only thing thats low is the processor! All i want is just to run the game really at this point and as long as the processor is good enough the rest of the laptop is screaming and way above what it wants. I understand most of how a PC works, but its been awhile since i really kept up with whats new. The two new things are Touch Screens and the new i3, i5 and i7 processors. The rest havent changed much expect got bigger. So i know how to look at what im looking for. Just the new processors i needed to learn on and why im asking on them here becuase they just barly make it on what i want. The rest of the PC is above or at what im looking for.

Yet all in all i think UBI is really killing my dream anyways with the DRM BS. I wanted a laptop to take to work and mess around with R.U.S.E. but since i dont have internet there im still debating if this is really worth my time.

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I think i found a stronger laptop.

Intel® Core 2 Duo Mobile T9900 Dual-Core Processor (2x 3.06GHz/6MB Cache/1066FSB)

Now it says 2x 3.06GHz and its a Dual-core processor. So does this really mean its like 1.53GHz x2? Or is it they both work together to make it 3.06GHz at all times and not split if say a game dont support Dual cores?

I found this laptop looking into the top 5 gaming laptop sites and looking into each one. Its the only touch screen laptop in the gaming rigs and it came in at #4.

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Everything I've read about the T9900 seems to indicate that it would be more than capable of doing what you need it for. I'm pretty sure 3.06 clock speeds mean 3.06 not 1.53 X 2. Maybe someone else can jump in and clear that up for sure but I've got a core 2 duo desktop cpu and never saw anywhere in the specs that said anything different. :thumbsup:

Edited by KRP 56

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I think i changed my mind on the whole PC thing with the UBI DRM BS. Since its a UBI game i wanted the whole laptop for to begin with. I been also looking at a new car 2009 Dodge Charger SXT AWD compared to the 2008 model i was looking at. If i skip the laptop i can get the 2009 instead of the 2008. For now until the PC world works out there anti theift and at least let me play offline i will skip on PC gaming again until it changes. If it never does i guess i will stay with console and even still its not looking so bright over there. The future of gaming on all platforms is looking rough in the future too come!

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Just a small update also... Battlefield Bad company 2 actually recommends quad core processors.

Minimum Frostbite PC Specifications for BFBC2 & BF1943

Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz

Main memory: 2GB

Graphics card: GeForce 7800 GT / ATI X1900

Graphics memory: 256MB

OS: Windows XP

Free HDD space: 15GB for Digital Version, 10GB for Disc Version (BFBC2)

10GB for Digital Version, 4GB for Disc Version (BF1943)

Recommended Frostbite PC Specifications for BFBC2 & BF1943

Processor: Quadcore

Main memory: 2GB

Graphics card: GeForce GTX 260

Graphics memory: 512MB

OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7

Free HDD space: 15GB for Digital Version, 10GB for Disc Version (BFBC2)

10GB for Digital Version, 4GB for Disc Version (BF1943)

Just a thought... newer games are starting to creep out with multiprocessor support.

COD4 MW2 also can use 4 cores, and GTA4

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