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I7 7th gen vs. I5 7th gen (mobile) - worth $106 more?

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I'm on a tight budget having quit my job to become a full time student, and I'm wondering if the I7 mobile chip is worth paying $106 more for?  Otherwise the laptop specs are identical.

Laptop will be used for:

- web surfing

- some gaming

- coding and compiling

- office productivity (MS Office, Acrobat file manipulation, a bit of graphics work)

- TV streaming

- absolute shit tonnes of HD pr0n

 

I know the monetary aspect if this is context dependent and somewhat subjective, but any thoughts would be appreciated!

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What do you think you're gaining from the i7 over the i5?

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Burn, mobile i7 is only a twin-core.

 

I'd say that you're probably not going to notice the difference very often, if at all.  Vs spending that $100 on something else entirely, or adifferent component in the laptop.

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Main thing you will notice for basic use is the size and quality of the SSD.

For any modern games you really want a quad core and a half decent GPU

Which laptops are you looking at exactly?

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It's this one:

http://www.msy.com.au/viconline/notebooks/21455-asus-x507ub-ej146t-i5-7200u-8gb-256gb-ssd-156-fhd-2gb-mx110-win10-64bit.html

vs. this one:

http://www.msy.com.au/viconline/notebook/21451-asus-x507ub-ej148t-i7-7500u-8gb-256gb-ssd-156-fhd-2gb-mx110-win10-64bit.html

They're basically a poor man's "performance" laptop.

But yeah the mobile versions of the Intel chips are quite a bit underpowered versus the desktop equivalents sadly.

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I suppose I could go for the i5 8th gen. which is twice the number of cores/threads, but with a lower clock speed and higher power draw, it might not make any difference.

https://ark.intel.com/compare/124967,95443,95451

Plus, the cheapest model with an SSD I can find is this one (more or less):

http://www.msy.com.au/viconline/notebooks/21445-hp-450-g5-2wk04pa-i5-8250u-8gb-256gb-ssd-156-hd-touch-2gb-930nxwin10-pro.html

For no real gain AFAICT.

OTOH, this is about the same price increase as the HP, but you get twice the SSD size.

http://www.msy.com.au/viconline/notebooks/21492-asus-k510uf-bq298r-gold-i5-8250u-8gb-512gb-ssd-156-fhd-2gb-mx130-win10-pro.html

 

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Damn, for > $150 than I'm looking at, those are some nice specs, especially Metabox.

The continuum between price/performance is too smooth now, I can't tell where the sweet spot is... or if I can afford it.

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If it's that smooth, just pick a price point.  I mean, my 2011 laptop only needs an SSD to not feel slow, CPU and GPU are still fine for 720p gaming and tv

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Here we go finally found a AMD option seems there is very few available in AU for some reason

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U  Quad core with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics  $764.1

14.0" FHD IPS (1920x1080) AntiGlare

8GB(4+4) DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM

128GB Solid State Drive PCIe OPAL2.0 M.2 2242 (16GT/s)

https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/ThinkPad-E485/p/20KUCTO1WWENAU0

2700u model with a 15.6" display and a 1tb HDD in addition to the SSD $944

https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/ThinkPad-E585/p/22TP2TEE585

Unfortunately these deals end today 😞

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Luckily, Lenovo seem to have sales on every other week.  I'm a fan of the ThinkPad Edge range, but I guess I got lucky in mine has a fingerprint scanner AND trackpoint.

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Your right they now have a 1 day sale on the

ThinkPad E585 $949

It has a 2500U, 15.6" screen, 256G PCI-E SSD.

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I have an i7 7700HQ in my laptop, but it pretty much handles everything I throw at it. Yes the 7700HQ is probably at the top end of the i7 mobile series (it's paired with GTX1060 ... note).

Yes I would like one of those new 8xxx Intels instead.

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There's sufficient performance advantage IMO to justify the extra spend - just look at the turbo boost speed additional to what's already been mentioned.

But yeah - sadly most Intel laptops are only dual core but they still tend to shit all over the AMD A10s and similar.  And some of the gaming quad-core ones have real heat issues.

And also noteworthy - most laptops are using BGA form factor CPUs which means there's no upgrade path at all.  My Ivy Bridge Toshiba has a socket so in theory I could put a quicker i7 in place of it's i5.

Also worth researching - many new laptops also have soldered in RAM which might mean no further expansion or only one memory slot you can populate over that.

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