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Now this cant be right (Intel i3 laptop cpu vs. AMD A6 laptop cpu help me choose!)

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I just got a laptop gift and it comes with an Core i3 sticker and it's confirmed in control panel that it is indeed an i3-2350M :

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I was under the impression that all i3 processors were dual core, but Device Manager has 4 processors showing :



Does that mean it's a quad core?



I have a Toshiba laptop also that comes with an AMD A6-4400M cpu (or "APU" whatever it means),



In Device Manager I only see 2 listed processors for the Toshiba :




which one is better? The i3-2350M or the A6? I like Toshiba style but cpu prowess is my main concern.
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i3 has hyper threading (two threads per core). I'm not sure which CPU is better but I'm fairly certain the A6 chip has greater GPU performance. Also, Hyperthreading really doesn't do that much. In an i7 (3770k or 4770k for example) all 4 logical cores (the four hyper threaded ones) only add up to the power of one physical core. I'm sure someone will be along to add more or verify.
Also, here is a link for your CPU specs (basic ones that is).
Click here
EDIT:A quick basic search says the i3 is a little better in CPU performance.
Last EDIT: It seems the A6 is a bit better in GPU performance. i3 seems to have about 30% more CPU performance, but A6 has about 30% more GPU performance. The data isn't from the most reliable benchmark, but it's something.

I lied, one more EDIT:
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Edited by AcEsSalvation - 11/8/13 at 4:06pm
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Damn double post
So... I just had the buggiest experience editing my posts... Sorry about any confusion if anyone was watching me be an idiot... doh.gif
Edited by AcEsSalvation - 11/8/13 at 4:07pm
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Thanks AcEsSalvation.

I like gaming but I mostly do that on my desktop. I like laptops that can handle gaming too but I think I like CPU power more. I am planning on doing some animation using 3ds Max which likes to render using CPU so I guess the only way to tell is to do a test render on both laptops. On the other hand the A6 laptop looks sweet and has 2 inches more screen space plus 2 more signal bars on its network adapter on average. Tough decision. I have to give one of these laptops to a family friend, so I must pick one.
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When it comes to rendering and such, AMD has been making a push to get OpenGL in the programs. The GPU on the A6 will be able to lend a hand, possibly giving the edge over the i3.

Either that, or I need to be in bed right now...
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