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Old 03-29-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Notebook 1: i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, Intel HD 3000 GPU. - $599.99

Notebook 2: AMD A8, 6GB RAM, 650GB hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 - $549.99

I am not a game player. My primary applications are Photoshop Extended (CS5.1 now, soon to be CS6), After Effects and Autodesk Maya.

Which laptop has the most bang for the bucks? I'm concerned about the Intel GPU. My current Dell (Inspiron 1545, Dual Core Pentium) has a GMA4500HD and it isn't fully supported by my applications.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Can you wait just a bit?

Usually it is silly to wait since always something better on horizon but both Intel and AMD have their next generation (Ivy Bridge, Trinity) APUs coming out soon, and both should feature much improved graphics without having to go the discrete GPU route. Might be worth your while if possible to hang on another month or so and see if more solid release schedules for next gen comes out and hopefully some real benchmarks. At the very least it might further drop prices of existing.

They are close enough now that HP recently listed them: HP Briefly Lists AMD Trinity, Intel Ivy Bridge Notebooks
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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That particular i5 outperforms the A8 by a decent margin.

Passmark lists the i5 on the "high end" CPU list, and the A8 on the "high mid range" CPU list.

Passmark score for the Intel: PassMark - Intel Core i5-2430M @ 2.40GHz - Price performance comparison

Passmark score for the AMD: PassMark - AMD A8-3500M APU - Price performance comparison

I pulled the actual processor model numbers from the HP website.

The Intel model comes with more RAM, and is capable of being upgraded to twice what the AMD one can. It also has USB 3.0 where the AMD one doesn't.

Given the extra ram, larger HDD, and the fact that you probably don't care about the difference between the GPU's I'd go with the i5.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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If you are going to do a lot of Maya work - I suggest you at least consider upping your budget a bit to get an i7.

My son does a lot of Maya work as part of his architecture program. And his rendering times improved on high resolution drawings from 3 hours to 30 minutes when I replaced his Dell Studio i5 with a Lenovo WS machine with and i7.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with Skunk and Hoff.

If you must buy one of those get the Intel.

You say you don't play games but you use Maya? Maya is more intensive then at least half the games pon the market right now.

Spend a few dollars more and get a 2nd gen i7.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Spend a few dollars more and get a 2nd gen i7.
Next time. Money is tight right now. I'm lucky to be able to scrape up $600.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Stick to an i5 (over an i7) unless you're going to go quad core. The dual core i7s provide little performance increase. What hoffdano failed to mention was that his/her son went from a dual core i5 in the Dell Studio to the quad core i7 in the W520. You won't find a quad core i7 anywhere near your price range. It's not just a few dollars more.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Notebook 1...if you use photoshop alot the extra memory will help it run faster and the bigger hardfile will contain your files.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Holland, MI
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Either laptop will be sufficient for what you will be doing. My recommendation is to save a few bucks and get laptop 2.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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Looks like late April for the new Intel chips, mid-May for AMD: Report: Intel, AMD Next-Gen Chip Release Dates Leaked | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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