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AMD A4-5000 "Quad Core" vs Intel Core i3-4005U Dual Core

  1. #1


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    AMD A4-5000 "Quad Core" vs Intel Core i3-4005U Dual Core


    Hi guys. I've been looking at 2 laptops, they are basically identical but one has an Intel Core i3-4005U mobile processor and 4GB of RAM, and the other one has an AMD A4-5000 mobile processor and 6GB RAM. The guy at the store and a couple other people I know told me that the Core i3 is better than the A4 as the AMD "Quad Core" processors aren't very good, so even though the Intel i3 is only dual core it will be better than the quad core AMD. The other question is the RAM. Is 6GB that much better than 4GB or will 4GB be fine for basic use. (That's all this laptop is for. Basic use and touch apps since it will be touchscreen)

    The AMD laptop is this one: Buy the HP Pavilion Notebook - AMD A4, 6GB, 15.6 at TigerDirect.ca
    And the Intel here: Buy the HP TouchSmart 15.6 Notebook PC - F5W37UA#ABL at TigerDirect.ca

    Last question, what the hell is DDR3L? All the new laptops have it nowadays... Is it backward compatible with normal DDR3 laptop RAM? Meaning can I take a normal laptop DDR3 4GB stick out of my dads laptop and put it into the 4GB (i3) laptop if thats the one i'm gonna get? Or does the DDR3 "L" part cause issues?
    Thanks

    Edit: Sorry i'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread. If it isn't mods could you please move it? Thanks

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Hmm, I guess you should read some reviews. But just from the specs the AMD has 6 GB ram instead of 4. Has a DVD burner where the Intel shows no optical drive. It only has W8 8.0 where the Intel has 8.1. But some people may prefer 8.0.

    Read reviews. See how each performs. If you don't wish to use it to burn DVD then the optical drive, or lack thereof may not matter to you.

    Edit: Oh, and the AMD is about $80 cheaper.
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    I would go for the i3. The 'U' processors use little power and your battery will probably last longer. Plus it has the 4400 graphics chip which is very good. The 2GBs of RAM that it has less will probably not matter in real life. I have a laptop with 6GB of RAM where more than half ot the RAM is empty most of the time. A lot of RAM is only really useful if you run virtual machines.
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  4. #4


    Canada
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Hmm, I guess you should read some reviews. But just from the specs the AMD has 6 GB ram instead of 4. Has a DVD burner where the Intel shows no optical drive. It only has W8 8.0 where the Intel has 8.1. But some people may prefer 8.0.

    Read reviews. See how each performs. If you don't wish to use it to burn DVD then the optical drive, or lack thereof may not matter to you.

    Edit: Oh, and the AMD is about $80 cheaper.
    The i3 also has disk drive according to specs on other sites, just not listed on TD apparently.
    Yeah i'll get on the reviews...

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I would go for the i3. The 'U' processors use little power and your battery will probably last longer. Plus it has the 4400 graphics chip which is very good. The 2GBs of RAM that it has less will probably not matter in real life. I have a laptop with 6GB of RAM where more than half ot the RAM is empty most of the time. A lot of RAM is only really useful if you run virtual machines.
    Yeah I was leaning towards it too given what I was told... I have one VM for tinkering but its on my main quad core gaming pc so thats ok there
    Thanks for the help.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1 NON PRO


    When looking at budget laptops AMD laptops are very strong in cpu power and Gpu power. My cheap laptop for 350 Plays very many games at low to medium and even high in some cases. Also the cpu is very powerful. I have an quad core 2.4ghz A8 though but still..
    Intel cpu's are NOT know for having great graphics.. They are mostly the opposite. I would recommend the Amd laptop for personal knowledge. Almost every laptop in the house is Intel and my sister has a similar i3 cpu in her laptop but mine just blows that out of the water and they are pretty similar in prize so yeah..
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 NON PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Hmm, I guess you should read some reviews. But just from the specs the AMD has 6 GB ram instead of 4. Has a DVD burner where the Intel shows no optical drive. It only has W8 8.0 where the Intel has 8.1. But some people may prefer 8.0.

    Read reviews. See how each performs. If you don't wish to use it to burn DVD then the optical drive, or lack thereof may not matter to you.

    Edit: Oh, and the AMD is about $80 cheaper.
    Microsoft is giving FREE 8.1 updates. Its just to download and be happy. Windows 8 vs 8.1 is a big difference and its worth it to update.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 NON PRO


    I found a Really REALLY good computer for you. Its on sale now on newegg but the stock price is 599 us dollars but it now costs 549$
    Newegg.com - Lenovo G505s (59373010) Notebook AMD A-Series A10-5750M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8650G 15.6" Windows 8

    1Tb storage.
    A VERY powerful Amd A10 cpu
    6Gb RAM

    Though this is not a touchscreen laptop.. The ones with touchscreen is the same prize but the hardware is usally very bad for the price
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1 NON PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by gozoboy99 View Post
    Hi guys. I've been looking at 2 laptops, they are basically identical but one has an Intel Core i3-4005U mobile processor and 4GB of RAM, and the other one has an AMD A4-5000 mobile processor and 6GB RAM. The guy at the store and a couple other people I know told me that the Core i3 is better than the A4 as the AMD "Quad Core" processors aren't very good, so even though the Intel i3 is only dual core it will be better than the quad core AMD. The other question is the RAM. Is 6GB that much better than 4GB or will 4GB be fine for basic use. (That's all this laptop is for. Basic use and touch apps since it will be touchscreen)


    The AMD laptop is this one: Buy the HP Pavilion Notebook - AMD A4, 6GB, 15.6 at TigerDirect.ca
    And the Intel here: Buy the HP TouchSmart 15.6 Notebook PC - F5W37UA#ABL at TigerDirect.ca

    Last question, what the hell is DDR3L? All the new laptops have it nowadays... Is it backward compatible with normal DDR3 laptop RAM? Meaning can I take a normal laptop DDR3 4GB stick out of my dads laptop and put it into the 4GB (i3) laptop if thats the one i'm gonna get? Or does the DDR3 "L" part cause issues?
    Thanks

    Edit: Sorry i'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread. If it isn't mods could you please move it? Thanks
    Btw. Are this a traveling notebook or what becouse your system specs says you got a very solid laptop thats better in any way possibel compared to the laptops you showed
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    A couple other people I know told me that the Core i3 is better than the A4 as the AMD "Quad Core" processors aren't very good, so even though the Intel i3 is only dual core it will be better than the quad core AMD.


    Personally, I wouldn't buy either unit because of the processors. I know how slow the AMD 1.x GHz quad-core processors can be (when doing single-threaded operations) because I just worked on a very similar unit. However, I have no experience with the Intel 1.x GHz CPUs. At this point, I think you might be better served to look around for a laptop with a better CPU at a similar price. Maybe someone else can make a specific recommendation. Good luck with your final decision.
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    Ddr3L is simply low voltage RAM. it runs at 1.35 volts nstead of 1.5 volts.

    personally I wouldn't worry about dual core vs quad core here. neither of these will be powerful workhorse machines. you will not be gaming or doing intense graphics work on either of these. these processors are suitable for basic tasks and as such they don't require lots of grunt.
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