Hardware Thread, Processor choices in Technical; In the old days you just took what came next:
29th August 2010, 04:25 PM #1
29th August 2010, 04:57 PM #2
Go intel at the moment. Esp the i series.
You've got it in the order of age. The i7 is the top end stuff from intel and is the quickest.
As for just doing word/excel/powerpoint on a laptop, you really don't need the power of the i series, but its good to have. I'm not a big fan of the AMD processors atm, intel seem to be better, but that's just me.
2gb of RAM isn't really enough for Win 7, look for a laptop with 3 or 4gb.
31st August 2010, 08:52 AM #3
Difference between AMD and Intel? The same as between any two competing companies - they produce products which compete in each level of the market place, from budget to high end (though AMD has nothing to rival the i7 series). The difference between the names of the current processors is usually based around FSB speeds, cache, socket and voltage (Intel), hyper-transport speeds, cache and mobility (AMD).
If you're just using office apps, the teachers shouldn't care, whatever you go for. Only when you're starting to look at raw performance, whether it's for graphics rendering, number crunching, or for specific features like virtualisation technology, built in GPU, that you really need to know what they all offer.
That laptop is a Billy bargain, but for school use you'll need Win 7 Pro which should be easy enough with a licencing agreement. I disagree about the RAM requirements; 7 will run fine on 2GB - more so than Vista.
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