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    Hi folks

    I am in process of ordering some new laptops for student use. The processor in the quoted laptops is an i3-4005u processor 1.7GHz. What do folks think of this spec ? Previous comparable models ordered in the past have come with I3-3120M rated 2.5GHz.......does the GHz rating make much difference in real world scenario ?

    Any advice gratefully received.

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    I think I stopped caring about processor spec's a long time ago. Our current standard is "Dual Core, 4Gb, 120Gb SSD" for pretty much everything and out usual build to order suppliers compete very well on price (sub £350 now I think) with those specs. I suppose the bigger question is what are the laptops being used for?

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    I'd agree, SSD is the most crucial part now. For what students will use laptops for I'd suggest that you'll not need a bang up to date cpu. I'm doing great business selling Thinkpad T410's with dual core i5, SSD and 4GB DDR3 for Sub £300. Fantastic student laptops and great for my own use when out of the office too!

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    I guess it depends on there works, what do they use it for....

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    Hi @sloughman check this link out; Intel Core i3 4005U vs 3120M
    IMO the U series processors are designed to offer better power consumption at the expense of some computing performance. The M series you're comparing it against is an older 3rd generation chip, so maybe think about checking in on the pentium dual core 3550M or i3-4100M / 4110M if you want low price and performance over say a 3-5 year replacement cycle on your laptops. Would be more than happy to give you some laptop options from VeryPC too, so feel free to email or PM me to give me an idea of the usage requirements and budget etc.
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