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identifying processor firepower based off model number

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    identifying processor firepower based off model number


    so..how do I identify the firepower a processor, for example, the I5-4210U Dual Core Processor? I'm looking to buy a new computer in the fall and I REALLY dont want to settle for processing power less than my current 2.40ghz intel I3 in my current system.

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    Just write designation of "your processor" vs "another processor" in Google search, you'll get many hits with graphs and everything.
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    alright. thank you.
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    St. Augustine
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    Quote Originally Posted by xraiderv1 View Post
    so..how do I identify the firepower a processor, for example, the I5-4210U Dual Core Processor? I'm looking to buy a new computer in the fall and I REALLY dont want to settle for processing power less than my current 2.40ghz intel I3 in my current system.
    I generally use the PassMark Benchmark Score

    Type into your browser search bar the processor you are looking for, in this example I5-4210U, hit search and select the CPU Benchmark and this is what you will get.

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    I just dont want a slower processor than what I've got, to be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xraiderv1 View Post
    I just dont want a slower processor than what I've got, to be honest.
    Of course you don't but there are more considerations than just raw power. Some are better for single threaded applications so a i5 can be better than some i7 for some programs/games and for some others, more cores (multithread) is better. If in doubt (and enough money) just get the best (and expensive ) one. If nothing, at least it will be actual longer.
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    let me put it this way..look up the system requirements for starwars the old republic, and star trek online. I need a system that can comfortably run those on decent settings (aka looks like something I WANT to stare at for hours)without breaking the bank, aka exceeding $600...taxes included. it must have 6gb of ram or better, decent graphics, onboard or dedicated card, harddrive could stay at 500gb as I honestly havent even come close to filling the 500gb of my current rig.
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    So it's a laptop ? That would make choices to upgrade somewhere next to nil.
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    Buy a laptop with a CPU that says i7 "MQ" or "HQ" on the description. It should be at least 3x faster or than your 2.40 GHz i3 when running multi-thread tasks.

    Examples of such CPUs are i7-4720HQ or i7-4860HQ.
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