i3 vs i5

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  1. coolweirdo macrumors regular

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    Whats the big difference between the two, is the a big difference could somebody explain and help me get a better understanding so i can make a decision. thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios, Jan 19, 2012
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    One is slightly faster than the other, but not enough that it would make a noticeable difference to the vast majority of users.

    Core i3 vs Core i5: What's the Difference?
     
  3. Applefan17 macrumors member

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    This is probably your best answer.
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Great little link. Probably should have linked here though, i3 vs. i5. OP may not be the adventurous type;)
    http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/61150.aspx

    Or even easier:
    "The differences between the processors are clear. The i5 is quad core, the i3 isn't. The i5 has Turbo Boost, the i3 doesn't. The i3 has hyper-threading, while i5 doesn't."
     
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Another difference is the price.

    Check out http://www.barefeats.com/imac10v.html; they state, for example, that the i5 is 41% faster for 18% more money.

    And note that sometimes the difference between models isn't only the processor and its related technology, and that can make a diff in overall speed in the real world. Graphics card, e.g. And I'm an i3 guy.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're absolutely right. I grabbed the wrong link. Fixed. Thanks!
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    -For relatively basic computing needs you won't notice any difference.

    -For high performance needs the i5 will give you a fair bit more power.
     

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