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Old 2011-10-20, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default AMD A8-3500M or Intel Core i7-2630(dv7-6197)

I am looking at purchasing one of these laptops containing one of the two processors. Was wondering which one was better (reliable, speed, operating temps, etc) The AMD has 6gb ram and a HD Radeon 6755G2 dual graphics card The Intel has 8gb of ram and an HD 6770m card. Both are HP laptops. I don't intend to do any gaming but mostly watch HD movies (mkv, bluray). I am assuming that both laptops would easily do the job but would like to hear some opinions from others.

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Old 2011-10-20, 12:38 PM   #2
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The Intel CPU would be significantly faster than the AMD one here (heck, even an i5 2520M can run circles around the AMD processor in many benchmarks. Battery life would probably be comparable (both CPUs are very efficient from a power consumption perspective).

Unless the AMD system is quite a bit cheaper than the Intel one, I'd go with the Intel.
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Old 2011-10-20, 01:03 PM   #3
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if your not going to game get the intel.
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Old 2011-10-20, 01:13 PM   #4
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The Intel one I was looking at is $60 more than the AMD. Another store has the same identical laptop at $200 more
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Old 2011-10-20, 01:17 PM   #5
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And yet another store has another HP AMD for another $200 less than the first AMD I was looking at and It actually has more RAM (8 vs 6) and the same video card just a smaller screen.
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Old 2011-10-20, 05:53 PM   #6
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Depends on your needs.
The APUs tend to be more power efficient because you only have the need for one socket and controller, shares power between CPU and GPU cores.

But for gaming, if the intel system's card is dedicated it will use more power (as the cpu is powered separately, and the extra controller), but should be similar in (GPU) performance.
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