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    Which one would be better to build a top performance laptop?

    AMD is cheaper, but Intel seems to be slightly better in some areas except it's really expensive...
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    Good stuff never comes cheap
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    Which one would be better to build a top performance laptop?

    AMD is cheaper, but Intel seems to be slightly better in some areas except it's really expensive...
    Intel. Haswell CPUs have better power management.
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    It depends on what you want, the architecture of the specific processor etc. In general though the best intels currently tend to be a bit better than the best amds.

    That being said, I have and AMD A10 and it's excellent.
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    I was thinking on whether to get the AMD A8-5600k or the Intel i5
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    I was thinking on whether to get the AMD A8-5600k or the Intel i5
    I'd go for the i5. Also, the graphics card is integrated, so it may work out a bit cheaper and you wouldn't really have to think about which graphics card to use.
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    AMD is cheaper but not because of a rubbish processor but because Intel dominates the market so AMD have to sell their processors cheaper. The old AMD Athlon series used to be the pinnacle in computer processing but Intel ended up producing more powerful but more expensive processor chips.

    I bought my first AMD chip when I didn't have a huge amount of money so I went with the Phenom 2 and it was a great chip. I had good performance for the price and I had the extra benefit of being able to easily overclock the processor with ease to push even more for my price. AMD usually offer their chips with a higher clock speed than most Intel chips, as well as more cache.

    Intel will most likely always dominate and if you can afford to, stick with Intel. The performance in multi threaded applications will blow most AMD chips out of the water. Intel has always generally had a good architecture whereas AMD has struggled over the years. The bulldozer was a bit of a let down where as the piledriver felt a lot better for what I needed IMO.

    I own a i5 on my laptop and a 3870k on my desktop. In single applications, my 3870k does fantastic and the extra benefit of the built in HD6650 graphics meaning I can even do some low graphic gaming without buying a card. The chip does run hot and requires memory from the RAM because the graphics chipset has no memory.

    If if you don't have the money but want to game and do things without much delay, go with AMD. A decent £20 heat sink will compensate for the larger TDP on the AMD architecture and you can overclock most AMD chips without having to worry about understanding clock voltages.

    Intel if price isn't a concern and the unlocked chips can be overclocked.
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    How many cores should I have?
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    How many cores should I have?
    most laptops will have dual core so two. Games also only utilise two cores but some games like bf4 are utilising four. With AMD the cores are 'albeit' which means the cores are not physical and will share the load on the cores by sharing the modules.

    Two is is quite ample but the more process intensive applications like high quality games, video editing software or 3d modelling for example, more cores with a higher clock speed would become a necessity.

    TL;DR two cores is ample.
 
 
 
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