For uni laptop does it matter if its AMD or Intel?

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Hi, I'm planning on purchasing a laptop for me for uni work like browsing and essays etc and occasionally wtch Netflix etc. Does the processor matter for this? If yes, why? Whats the difference btwn these 2? Thanks
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Hi, I'm planning on purchasing a laptop for me for uni work like browsing and essays etc and occasionally wtch Netflix etc. Does the processor matter for this? If yes, why? Whats the difference btwn these 2? Thanks
Yes, it does matter if you need good performance and multitasking. Go for AMD, that is why i prefer.
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Hi, I'm planning on purchasing a laptop for me for uni work like browsing and essays etc and occasionally wtch Netflix etc. Does the processor matter for this? If yes, why? Whats the difference btwn these 2? Thanks
The "main" lines from Intel and AMD right now are their Core and Ryzen lines respectively, each using the same numbering system- Core i3 and Ryzen 3 for inexpensive dual core processors, i5/R5 for consumer tier quad and hex core processors, and i7/9 and R7/9 for enthusiast tier processors.

As of right now, the 3000 and 4000 Ryzen chips perform similarly to the 10-series of Core chips within the same 3/5/7 hierarchy, with an edge to 4000 series Ryzen chips across the board but not significantly so for non-intensive tasks. Essentially, if there's an i5 and Ryzen 5 laptop at a similar price point, odds are they will perform similarly if they have the same number of cores, and I'd sooner choose based on other features knowing performance will be in a roughly similar ballpark. If you are looking to do anything intensive, it bears paying closer attention though.

AMD have an edge in integrated graphics power right now, but if graphical power is a priority then you generally want to look for laptops with dedicated GPUs anyway.

Looking at lower end chipsets in the cheapest laptops, it's a lot more nebulous, with Intel having multiple cheap CPU series like Atom, Celeron and Pentium that vary wildly in configurations and power, while AMD's Athlon series have always been a bit naff. Conventional wisdom is to skip all of these options and go for something from the Core or Ryzen series, the performance jump and subsequent longevity improvements are worth the added expense.
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Literally as Gofre says above. The brand doesn't matter, the actual CPU model itself does.

For the best balance of performance, cost and longevity you'll want either a modern Intel i5 or Ryzen 5 processor. Typically anything better is a waste, and anything lower/older will see you want an upgrade sooner rather than later. The average price point for laptops with these CPUs £500-600, which also gets you 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, again the ideal specs for the average student. You can go up and down, but it's almost universally agreed that this is the sweet spot.
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Hi, I'm planning on purchasing a laptop for me for uni work like browsing and essays etc and occasionally wtch Netflix etc. Does the processor matter for this? If yes, why? Whats the difference btwn these 2? Thanks
Nope. Imo if you can just wait or get one of the newer laptops with AMD 4000 chips in (their latest), then they are better than their Intel equivalents in terms of performance per watt. Asus vivobook, Huawei matebook, (cheap mac equiavlent) Dell all have those options. Even the mid range AMD 4000 (Not 3000) chips are significantly superior to their intel equivalents.
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Nope. Imo if you can just wait or get one of the newer laptops with AMD 4000 chips in (their latest), then they are better than their Intel equivalents in terms of performance per watt. Asus vivobook, Huawei matebook, (cheap mac equiavlent) Dell all have those options. Even the mid range AMD 4000 (Not 3000) chips are significantly superior to their intel equivalents.
On the "if you can wait front", depending how long if at all OP can wait Intel 11th gen is trickling into laptops as well now
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On the "if you can wait front", depending how long if at all OP can wait Intel 11th gen is trickling into laptops as well now
Not really they are already out now, just there is still old stock around. From what ive seen AMD actually has an advantage and its likely to be going the same way with the next generation of gaming desktop chips as well.

ps id agree on the 8gb 256gb being fine,
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Not really they are already out now, just there is still old stock around. From what ive seen AMD actually has an advantage and its likely to be going the same way with the next generation of gaming desktop chips as well.
I'm not aware of any laptops that can be purchased right now with 11th gen CPUs. We've seen some early benchmarks and it's fairly close (basically leapfrog at this point) with AMD winning in some ways and Intel in others. But at this point and for the foreseeable future it's going to be a matter of "anything you can get your hands on".
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