I7 2670QM good enough ?

dsr07mm

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Greetings,

I never had laptop earlier, I was on destkop pc with configuration from my description, so pretty strong one. Now I'm making change in my life and after 20 years I'm leaving PC world along with gaming and other things.

Although I need PC atleast as laptop for mails, social networks, some rendering in premiere 1080p h264 along with Photoshop. Essentially I would use it for 1080p movies (or lower res) and for music. My question is, can i7 2670 QM do that better then.. let's say i5 6200U ? Cause laptops with 8gb ram, i5 6200U and 1TB hardware are at 500-600 euros price range here, while this one with i7 2670 QM, 8GB ram, 1TB hdd I can buy for approx 350 euros (it's not new).

So is this good CPU or I'm making mistake just because it has HT ?
 

GreyCatz

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I'd say for "mails, social networks, some rendering" a quad-core 2nd gen i7 should be sufficient. The only weak point is the HD 3000 IGP which is bound to struggle with YouTube and news videos. The HD 520 in the Skylake i5 will afford much more pleasant viewing.

But for your stated needs the 2nd gen i7 should do the job. And check the system requirements for your PhotoShop edition.
 

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I'd say you are ok. BUT make sure that it supports your encode/decode in hardware as well as the modern CPU, intels ARK will probably tell you (google ARK and the processor name)
 

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To be honest I'm not sure what I'm looking for but I don't see anything weird on https://ark.intel.com/products/53469/Intel-Core-i7-2670QM-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_10-GHz

Guy who would sell me that laptop it's working on country television, rendering and editing some documentary show and he is already working with some light editing but I found much better to ask here instead believe someone else since I see that cpu is from 2011 and I don't want to make mistake.
 

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Is it smart to buy laptop which is released in 2011 and does not support Windows 10 with drivers ? I'm starting to have second thought here. And I'm talking about 350-450 euros price range only with this cpu.
 

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i7 6500U laptops are in range of 700e, that is twice more price..and as far as I can see I see only 15% improvement over this cpu, while in single core 2670QM might be slightly better. So not sure anymore in anything :D
 

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I've got my i3-2xxx laptop working on win10, no issue.

Get the older one, win10 will work with a clean install, buy an SSD and make sure the ram is up to a decent level.
 

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Okay thats reasonable, but looks like that I can't find wireless/gpu and sound drivers for this one :( Might be HP Pavilion dv6-6c01e. I will know tomorow late night when I have hour or so to test everything. It's not that I need Windows 10 but I don't like being limited. If I was gaming or something then that would be an issue, this way not sure can I transit to Windows 10 anyways if I decide :(
 

GreyCatz

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I'd say for "mails, social networks, some rendering" a quad-core 2nd gen i7 should be sufficient. The only weak point is the HD 3000 IGP which is bound to struggle with YouTube and news videos. The HD 520 in the Skylake i5 will afford much more pleasant viewing.

But for your stated needs the 2nd gen i7 should do the job. And check the system requirements for your PhotoShop edition.
 

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