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What is the performance difference between i3 and i5 in real-life applications? Is it a big difference? How big?
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Dual core vs Quad?
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In some applications the difference is huge,especially if the i5 is a quad core.
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In some applications the difference is huge,especially if the i5 is a quad core.

How about dual vs. dual? Big difference?
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Which i3 vs which i5?
Clarkdale, Lynnfield, or Sandy Bridge?
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-With Clarkdale, the difference is the multiplier, and i3 lacks turbo. Thats it.
-With Lynnfield, the i5 is a quad.
-With Sandy Bridge, the i3 is a dual core with HT, and the i5 is a quad core with and without an unlocked multiplier.
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-With Clarkdale, the difference is the multiplier, and i3 lacks turbo. Thats it.
-With Lynnfield, the i5 is a quad.
-With Sandy Bridge, the i3 is a dual core with HT, and the i5 is a quad core with and without an unlocked multiplier.

What about Arrandale? I'm looking at an Asus and an Acer. One has i3, the other i5. Both are Arrandale cores. Comparison:

http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=49020,52952

Only differences I can see on the data sheet are the mulitplier and turbo. If those are the only differences I'd rather not pay extra for them.
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Not worth it. Get i3 because i5 only gives you 0.26ghz over the i3 and the turbo boost is when you use single-threaded applications, there aren't many today.
    
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