Want to know about generations?

Mike07813

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Hi, I am really confused about generations in laptops...what is the difference, if I bought a 6 generation laptop instead of a 7 generation, if processor is the same in both..
And should I buy a 7 generation i3 or a 4 generation i5 if the prices are same...
Thank you
 

faalin

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Laptop cpus are hard to say without knowing the exact model, they don't follow the same rules at desktop cpus.

For a desktop
i3 is a 2 core with HT giving it 4 threads
i5 is a 4 core with no HT giving 4 threads
i7 is a 4 core with HT giving it 8 threads

mobile gen 7

i3 is a 2 core with HT giving 4 threads
i5 has a mix of 2 core 4 thread and 4 core 4thread cpus
i7 has a mix of 2 core 4 thread and 4 core 8 thread cpus
 

kanewolf

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The "generation" refers to the age of the CPU. Intel is on the 7th generation (model numbers have a 7xxx). Each generation has been made more power efficient, lower heat generating, etc. So a 7th generation laptop will be a lot thinner than a 4th generation. For performance, you may have to try to find some reviews of similar laptop CPUs to get an idea about performance.
 

elbert

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The higher the generation the newer the parts inside and possibly the windows version. While the i5 processor may be a bit faster than the i3 the i3's GPU will offset that in games. Also you tend to get better screens, wifi, and battery life from the newer designs.
 

faalin

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Laptop cpus are hard to say without knowing the exact model, they don't follow the same rules at desktop cpus.

For a desktop
i3 is a 2 core with HT giving it 4 threads
i5 is a 4 core with no HT giving 4 threads
i7 is a 4 core with HT giving it 8 threads

mobile gen 7

i3 is a 2 core with HT giving 4 threads
i5 has a mix of 2 core 4 thread and 4 core 4thread cpus
i7 has a mix of 2 core 4 thread and 4 core 8 thread cpus
 
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