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Hi. I want to purchase a toshiba laptop but cannot decide between these two cpus. They are both around the same price range. I have read several posts about this but they mainly discuss desktop processors. I plan to put linux on it and have a couple virtual servers, play some games once in a while and do some development. Which one would you recommend?

asked Jul 03 '11 at 18:55

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edited Jul 03 '11 at 18:56

The AMD! Two extra cores man. and if you are running virtual servers you will get better performance under load. I wouldn't go for the i3 if I were you.

answered Jul 03 '11 at 19:07

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The i3-2310m.

  1. Consumes less power
  2. Less heat output
  3. Longer battery life

answered Jul 03 '11 at 19:42

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Billy Aoki

I would go with Core i3 especially on a laptop.

The Core i3 is a powerful processor that is very good with battery. With the i3 you will have better battery life.

The i3 also runs cooler and a laptop does not have the best air flow because of its portability.

Many people don't care about brand but for me I only like Intel just because they have the most experience in making cpus. for a gpu I dont mind what brand. I have a Dual-Core Intel Sandy i5 at 2.3GHz in my MacBook Pro and it uses the Intel integrated graphics card. Which is a Intel HD Graphics 3000. Works great. I dont do any hardcore gaming but even things like angry birds and any browser based gaming you'll be just fine.

answered Jul 04 '11 at 09:15

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While they both have their advantages, you have to ask yourself a few questions before buying.

Do i Need a quad core (Core i3 is dual core not quad core, you'll need i5 to run four threads in parallel, Dual core with hyperthreading) Do i need Intel Turbo Boost & Hypertheading Technologies? (Core i5 and higher only) How energy efficient of a processor do i need? (For the most part intel wins in this catagory) Do i want to overclock? (While this voids the warranty regardless of the vendor you chose, AMD is actually more tolerable and designed for overclocking, in fact until the recently announced 2010/2011 Intel processor line AMD has been the driving force behind the CPU market. They were the first to break the 1Ghz barrier, they developed the first dual core processor, and they wire the first do introduce Hyprrthreading in their "Athlon XP" processor line)

I suggest you watch the flash demos on intel's website at http://www.intel.com/technology/product/demos/ thyey toolk out the link on multicore technologies but tit is still avlalble at http://www.intel.com/technology/product/demos/multi/demo.htm

These will help you cose the right processor type, although they make it sound like only intel has these techologies, in fact the only ones that are intel prpriotry are TurboBust, SpeedStep, and QuickPath, tohse will only be found in Core i3, I5 and i7

answered Jul 04 '11 at 11:08

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edited Jul 04 '11 at 11:10

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