i7-7500U vs i5-6300HQ laptop performance comparison

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Dinago81

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Which configuration would be better for general use, heavy multitasking and gaming?

i7-7500U with 16gb DDR4 RAM and Intel 620 shared graphics (13.3" touchscreen)

i5-6300HQ with 8gb DDR4 RAM and GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5 (15" non-touch)

I am planning on buying a laptop with one of these specs, but do not know which to choose. Both of the laptops are very similar in price and are the final 2 I am choosing from.
Thank you all for your input.
 

Dinago81

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Even though the i5 is slower, and does not have hyperthreading, and comes with less ram? Does the graphics card really make that much of a difference in everyday tasks and gaming?
 

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The i5 has 4 real cores vs the i7's 2 cores with hyperthreading. The i5 is actually the faster cpu here. The i7 is a low watt model so it's not exactly a fair comparison.

And then the 960M vs the i7's igpu? no contest.
 

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the 7500u is not a gaming cpu nor was it meant to be. it's designed to be a utlra low voltage cpu for laptops and ultrabooks. now thats not saying the 7500u can't play games, it just not suitable for graphical intense games due to it only being a dual core cpu. the 6300hq is because it's an actual quad core, which is suited for graphical intense games. 4 real cores will always beat a dual core with 2 virtual cores in any program that requires multiple cores. as for the GTX 960m vs HD 620, it's like comparing night and day. the GTX 960m will destroy a HD 620 in anything that requires lots of rendering like gaming. the HD 620 isnt meant for heavy rendering while the GTX 960m is.
 

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Would the I7 still be good for gaming with a 960m? Because I also would like a great battery life, and I'm looking at a Asus laptop which has 7500u and 960m.
 

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A Core i7-7500u with a GTX 960m can provide good game performance. Just be aware that games that can make use of more than 2 physical cores will not perform quite as well compared to a quad core CPU.

Fallout 4 is rather dependent on the CPU. The CPU benchmark chart shows the performance of several different CPU when paired up with a GTX 980 Ti. AMD CPUs do not fair well against Intel CPUs since they have lower processing performance. The Core i3-6100 is used as a proxy for the i7-7500u because both are dual core CPUs with Hyper Threading. The i5-4690k will be the proxy for the i5-6300HQ since both are quad core CPUs without Hyper Threading.

While the quad core i5-4690k does perform better than the dual core i3-6100, the difference is not too much; average of 98 FPS vs 88 FPS. Basically the i5-4690k gets about 11.4% better performance. Generally speaking, the raw performance each new Intel increases by about 3% - 4% on average which is primarily based on CPU intensive programs and benchmarks. When it comes to games, that 3% - 4% gain in raw performance is greatly diminished especially since most games are not dependent on the CPU (unless the CPU is so slow it bottlenecks the GPU); especially if the CPU is waiting for the GPU to finish it's calculations.

http://www.techspot.com/review/1089-fallout-4-benchmarks/page5.html




While having a quad core CPU for a gaming laptop is more ideal, a dual core CPU is still a viable option.
 

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Wow thank you so much for such a detailed and long messege! I think i'll still get the duel core since that offers like 7-8 hours of normal use compared to 4-5 hours of a quad core, i wanna use it for school aswell thats why i need some good battery life. And btw i have a pretty good desktop so ill just use the laptop it for some light gaming when im away.
 

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