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Basically my friend has an HP elitebook with a core i5 520m that he doesn't like because the high resolution on the small screen (he refuses to get glasses) would this be an upgrade from my HP g6 with a core i3 2310m?

I use the laptop mostly for work so cpu power is more important than gpu, however i do play some basic emulators on here so i want to still beable to run those.
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not sure if I'm right, but a 3rd gen i3 would provide way more power than a 1st gen i5.

Architectural jumps to Sandy Bridge is humongous and Sandy --> Ivy is just icing on top.

This wouldn't really be an upgrade I think to get the i5.
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Again bare in mind this is a free thing. So even if it's a small bonus i'd take it.

I was afraid that that was the case though. Running on this thing seems laggy compared to my other laptop, I just assumed it was a lack of an ssd
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Is your friend offering you the laptop for free? Or are you two trading or something, it didn't seem clearly stated in the OP.

Ignoring the integrated graphics, the i5-520m should be faster than the 2nd generation Sandybridge i3-2310m CPU-wise. This review/test states that the i3-2310m , "In synthetic benchmarks, the performance was about on par with the faster clocked Core i5-430M ". The 430m also came from the same Arrandale architecture as the i5 in question and has lower frequency. So it looks like i5-520m> i5-430m = i3-2310m

However, the integrated graphics jump to hd 2000 with sandybridge was pretty large so you're going to see lower performance in that regard with the older i5-520m.
Edited by TemurAmir - 6/5/13 at 6:41pm
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they are almost identical in pure cpu performance.

if hes looking to swap u, dunno. if hes giving you a great deal and you like the other features of the laptop better than yours, it might be worth it.

there may be some unknown downside to being on the older hardware.

mobile cpu benchmarks:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/laptop.html

links to intel ARK for each processor:
http://ark.intel.com/products/52220
http://ark.intel.com/products/47341
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