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So... I was looking into getting an m11x soon, and I'm only going to consider the base model (i3) and the discontinued Core 2 model (because, hey, for the price of one of the higher-end ones, I could pick up an m14x).

I'd either hunt down a used old model for ~500 or get a brand new i3 one for $750.


My question is - How drastic would the increase in performance be from the Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3 GHz (which I'd promptly OC to 1.7) to the similarly low-clocked Core i3 330 UM @ 1.2 GHz (not sure what/if I'd OC that).

Would the i3 be worth it?


Just for some background on what I'd plan on running:

AC: Brotherhood (Med-High; seen it done on the C2D)
Mafia 2 (Med-High)
CoD: Blops (crap port; just high enough for it to look pretty
GTA4 (another crap port, so med-ish)
Recent Total War games (small screen might hinder that but whatever; Maxed (?))

ArmA 2. Here's the thing with this one. I have no idea if it would run on either at all. :/ (low-med at best)


Not sure how much the difference in the processors would affect it; let me know what you think!
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IMHO, the Core i3 would be worth it.

On low-voltage systems (unlike most laptops) the processor is usually soldered down, rather than socketed, so once you make a choice, it's yours forever. The Core i3 will be faster and more efficient --and if you're planning on using integrated graphics (I know you may not be, but I'll assume for the moment), Intel's HD graphics would be considerably faster than the Intel X4500MHD graphics of the previous generation Core 2 laptops. If not, I'm guessing the newer Core i3 model still has newer, better discrete graphics than the older model.

If you're planning on keeping this for awhile, I'd go Core i3. I think the Core 2 is a decent chip, and still useful for lots of everyday tasks, but the moment you add even mild gaming to the mix, I'd go a step up.
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if you wanna play those games. The i3 would probably be a better choice
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i3 is definately better for those games. Plus it overclocks like mad
 
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i3 is definately better for those games. Plus it overclocks like mad

Thanks for ally of the responses guys. The choice is now a resounding "i3"!


On a separate thought, does anyone know what I could safely OC it to without any issues or outrageous temps?
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I believe the R2 is OCable.

the R3 howerever, is not.
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the R3 howerever, is not.
Hmm... What do you think I could safely OC it to? 1.7ish?
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r3 is SB model right?

with SB, you cannot overclock outside of what turboboost can give you. the BLK is pretty much locked at 100.

the r1 and r2 models were overclockable though, i think most people got about 1.5-7
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