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PC shopping Tips: Are AMD or Intel Processors a Better Choice for My Needs?

In any processor comparison, it is important to determine what you're looking for out of a processor. Are you seeking speed? Graphics performance? Affordability? Flexibility? Do you play games, primarily, or are you seeking a simple processor to allow for multi-tasking while browsing the Internet? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you decide which processor is right for you.

If you are looking for a more cost-effective processor, AMD processors may be the best bet. For students, budget gamers, and individuals with straight-forward computing needs, AMD processors are a great choice – they are powerful and fast enough for most while undercutting competitor pricing. And yet, you give up little when going with AMD chips. They can be "overclocked" for increased speed, provide robust and vibrant graphics, and are available in multi-core setups for multithreaded performance.

On the higher end of the spectrum, Intel processors shine. If you are seeking performance that is at the upper range of the market, there is sure to be an Intel chip that suits your needs. You may pay more for it, and you may give up flexibility for this performance, but the processor itself will provide you with lightning speed, incredible capability, and beautiful graphics. In terms of outright power, it's hard to beat Intel processors.

Source: ShopLenovo.com


Intel Celeron & Pentium vs. Intel Core i3 vs. Intel Core i5 vs. Intel Core i7

Intel Celeron & Intel Pentium Processors
Both of these are budget brand names, and processors in both lines tend to be differentiated by clock speed and not much else. Skylake Pentiums are G4000-series chips, while Celerons are G3000-series. They’re all dual-core CPUs with no Turbo Boost, no Hyperthreading, and 3MB of cache, and they’re typically paired with the basic Intel HD 510 integrated GPU.

Core i3 CPUs are a little faster, but Pentiums will give most price-conscious people the best bang for their buck.

Intel Core i3 Processors
These CPUs are still dual-core but add Hyperthreading, which presents two logical processor cores to the operating system for every physical core. This can definitely help performance in multithreaded workloads, though it’s nowhere near the boost you’d get from moving to a quad-core CPU. Core i3-6100 CPUs include 3MB of cache while 6300-series chips include 4MB of cache; nearly all of them use the Intel HD 530 GPU.

Intel Core i5 Processors
These are all quad-core CPUs without Hyperthreading, and they probably represent the best balance of price and performance for high-end users. They also use Intel’s Turbo Boost feature, which let the CPU run at higher clock speeds when there’s enough thermal headroom or when fewer cores are being actively used. Not all workloads will benefit from two extra processor cores, but video editing, Photoshop work, and an increasingly large number of games are all happier with four cores. All of these CPUs include 6MB of cache and most of them have Intel HD 530 GPUs.

Intel Core i7 Processors
These are best described as Core i5 chips with Hyperthreading, higher clock speeds, and and 8MB of cache. Otherwise they’re the same. As with Core i3 CPUs, Hyperthreading definitely does help performance in heavily threaded programs, but jumping from a Pentium or Core i3 to a Core i5 will get you a much larger performance bump than jumping from an i5 to an i7.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/02/pentium-core-i5-core-i7-making-sense-of-intels-convoluted-cpu-lineup/


14" Laptop Computers
Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C99D 14" Intel Celeron Dual-Core 4GB RAM 16GB ChromeBook PC (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
Has everything you’d expect and then gives you more.
Price: $289.95 $239.95
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Acer Chromebook 714 14" FHD Intel Pentium 8GB RAM 32GB ChromeBook PC THUMBNAIL
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Apps load faster, graphics run faster & many tasks can be run simultaneously without lag.
Price: $499.95 $479.95
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Acer Chromebook 714 14" FHD Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 64GB ChromeBook PC THUMBNAIL
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Apps load faster, graphics run faster & many tasks can be run simultaneously without lag.
Price: $749.95 $729.95
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ASUS VivoBook Flip TP412 14" Intel Core i5 8GB 2-in-1 Laptop PC with MS Office Pro 2016 THUMBNAIL
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A convertible laptop that features the extremely narrow ASUS NanoEdge bezel.
Price: $1,179.00 $799.95
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HP 14 G5 14" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 16GB Memory ChromeBook PC THUMBNAIL
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Master productivity with the sleek, durable HP Chromebook 14 G5.
Price: $279.99 $249.95
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HP 14 G5 14" Intel Celeron 4GB RAM 32GB Memory ChromeBook PC (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
Master productivity with the sleek, durable HP Chromebook 14 G5.
Price: $299.99 $269.95
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HP Chromebook x360 14" FHD Touchscreen Intel Core i3 8GB RAM 2-in-1 Chromebook PC (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
Stream your favorite media on the go with this HP Chromebook touchscreen laptop.
Price: $599.99 $399.95
HP EliteBook 840 G2 14" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Laptop with MS Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Everyday computing just got easier with the HP Elitebook 840 G2 Notebook PC.
Price: $929.00 $299.95
HP Pavilion x360 14" Touchscreen Intel Core i5 8GB 2-In-1 Laptop PC w/Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Be free to create, connect and share in more ways with the Pavilion x360.
Price: $1,129.98 $549.95

HP ProBook 445R G6 14" FHD AMD Ryzen 5 16GB RAM Notebook PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
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Helps keep you productive in the classroom or on the go with style, performance, & a long battery life.
Price: $1,279.99 $769.95
HP ProBook 445R G6 14" FHD AMD Ryzen 5 8GB RAM Notebook PC w/Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
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Helps keep you productive in the classroom or on the go with style, performance, & a long battery life.
Price: $1,179.99 $699.95
Lenovo 14e 14" FHD AMD A4 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC Chromebook (On Sale!) THUMBNAIL
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A powerful, versatile Chromebook with AMD A-series processing.
Price: $279.99 $249.95
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Lenovo 14w 14" FHD AMD A6 4GB RAM Laptop PC with Windows 10 Pro & MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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The laptop of choice for higher education students, teachers and administrators!
Price: $729.99 $299.95
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Lenovo Chromebook S330 14" FHD MediaTek 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC PC THUMBNAIL
Housed in a sleek, durable, and slim laptop chassis.
Price: $299.99 $289.95
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Lenovo Chromebook S330 14" MediaTek 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC PC THUMBNAIL
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Housed in a sleek, durable, and slim laptop chassis.
Price: $249.99 $239.95
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Lenovo ThinkPad L440 14" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC with Office Pro 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Features quality design changes that focus on real-life experiences with input.
Price: $899.00 $269.95
Acer Swift 1 14" FHD Intel Pentium 4GB RAM Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Aqua Green) THUMBNAIL
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Work, play and study all day in style with an affordable, ultrathin laptop.
Price: $859.00 $429.95
Acer Swift 1 14" FHD Intel Pentium 4GB RAM Laptop PC w/MS Office Pro 2019 (Sakura Pink) THUMBNAIL
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Work, play and study all day in style with an affordable, ultrathin laptop.
Price: $859.00 $429.95

Acer Swift 1 14" FHD Intel Pentium 4GB RAM Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Pro 2019 (Sparkly Silver) THUMBNAIL
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Work, play and study all day in style with an affordable, ultrathin laptop.
Price: $859.00 $429.95
Acer Swift 3 SF314 14" FHD Intel Core i3 4GB RAM Notebook PC w/ MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Style, power, and lightweight portability are merged perfectly in the Swift 3.
Price: $909.00 $499.95
Acer Swift 3 SF314 14" FHD Intel Core i5 8GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce MX Notebook PC w/ MS Office Pro 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Style, power, and lightweight portability are merged perfectly in the Swift 3.
Price: $1,279.00 $879.95

Acer Swift 3 SF314-52-52SY 14" Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Notebook PC with Windows 10 (Pink) THUMBNAIL
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A sleek metal finish meets an ultra-portable form factor.
Price: $649.99 $639.95
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Acer Swift 5 SF514 14" Touchscreen Intel Core i7 16GB RAM Notebook PC with MS Office Pro 2016 THUMBNAIL
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Weighing just 0.97kg, the elegant Swift 5 combines ultimate portability with smooth usability.
Price: $1,729.00 $1,299.95
Acer TravelMate P2 14" FHD Intel Core i5 8GB Notebook PC THUMBNAIL
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With up to 14 hours of battery life, the TravelMate P2 will last throughout the day.
Price: $899.99 $849.95
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HP 14-DF 14" FHD Intel Core i3 4GB Laptop with Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2019 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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This HP's lightweight, thin design is easy to tote so you can enjoy a full Windows computer anywhere!
Price: $879.00 $339.95
HP 14-DK 14" FHD AMD A4 4GB Laptop with Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Get the MOST for your money with this surprisingly well-equipped, budget-friendly HP Laptop!
Price: $689.95 $299.95
HP 14-DK 14" FHD AMD A9 4GB Laptop with Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2019 THUMBNAIL
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Get the MOST for your money with this surprisingly well-equipped, budget-friendly HP Laptop!
Price: $916.95 $429.95

HP ZBook 14u G5 14" FHD Intel Core i5 8GB RAM Workstation w/FREE Autodesk 360 (Refurbished) THUMBNAIL
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Workstation-class power meets thin and light design.
Price: $2,539.00 $799.95
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