Is there any noticeable difference between i5 and i7?

Discussion in 'Hardware Discussions' started by queenbellevue, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. queenbellevue

    queenbellevue Member Registered

    Say I were torn between an i5 laptop with SSD and an i7 with hard disk drive, which one should I get?
     
  2. Aladar

    Aladar Member Registered

    There obviously are differences, otherwise the processors wouldn't be sold as two separate lines. i7 is the superior model, which is also why it's more expensive.
     
  3. TommyVercetti

    TommyVercetti Member Registered

    If I were to choose between an i5 or i7 I'd go with the i5 only because it's cheaper. There's not much noticeable difference really. If I were to choose between an SSD and HDD I'd go for the SSD, even with it having a higher price. I'm a sucker for lightning fast boots.
     
  4. queenbellevue

    queenbellevue Member Registered

    Does SSD make everything run faster, or just the booting process? I'm interested in how it runs graphic heavy things like games and Photoshop and the like
     
  5. TommyVercetti

    TommyVercetti Member Registered

    Faster booting, longer life due to non-moving parts, no idle state (notice that when you don't use your desktop for a long time and when you open a folder the HDD makes a sound like it's revving up? SSD doesn't do that), less chance of your files getting corrupted because of power outages (because there is no needle jumping all over the place).

    In regards to games and Photoshop, I'll still go with SSDs. HDDs are more for storage in my opinion.
     
  6. queenbellevue

    queenbellevue Member Registered

    Yeah, that's what I've been thinking as well. It just sucks that SSDs are still so expensive. A 256gb SSD add-on from the HP store is like $300, which is a LOT of money (like a third of what the laptop would cost without the SSD):mad:
     
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  7. TommyVercetti

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    I don't know if you'll agree to this, but the first time I got an SSD I just got the 128gb one. It's served me pretty well so far. I would love a 256gb one, but as you say, it's still too expensive.
     
  8. queenbellevue

    queenbellevue Member Registered

    Yeah, but what about storage? I'm guessing you'd only get 90 gb of storage after all the OS and other stuff
     
  9. SquiffyBubble

    SquiffyBubble Member Registered

    SSD shouldn't really be used to storage that much stuff. As long as you get your OS and the games you play on the SSD, its enough. Then you should get HDD depending on your needs for music and films etc. But anyway, I would probably go with the i7 laptop since it is a laptop after all, and you wont have as many cores as you would have with a desktop. That is,if you are going to play games with the laptop. If you are only getting it for office work, SSD is a better option like previously mentioned on this thread.
     
  10. TommyVercetti

    TommyVercetti Member Registered

    Fair point. You can't really upgrade your laptop processor from i5 to i7. However, it much easier to upgrade from an HDD to an SSD even on a laptop.
     
  11. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Member Registered

    I am always for the latest models because I feel they are more advanced. The price is higher too, but in the case I feel it justifies.
     
  12. Aladar

    Aladar Member Registered

    SSD practically doesn't help with games, fyi. The loading time diferences are absolutely miniscule, if any.
     
  13. queenbellevue

    queenbellevue Member Registered

    Really? What about other cpu intensive software like Photoshop or video editing programs and such?
     
  14. Aladar

    Aladar Member Registered

    It will start up faster, that's about it. If you plan on using CPU-intensive software, then you obviously want the better CPU instead. :)
     
  15. Tibz1337

    Tibz1337 New Member Registered

    i5 is usually better for gaming because i7 has hyperthreading which helps alot in video-rendering and stuff like that - hence the price difference - hyper-threading doesn't make a big difference in most games, but some games support it. I hope I helped you ;)
     

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