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I've got the i7 740QM in my sights and was wondering if it would be a worthy investment for my laptop? Specs are the primary machine below. biggrin.gif
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are you changing it yourself?
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What do you gain? HT 3M more cahce, and you lose like 2.4-1.7ghz like 700mhz? can you OC it?
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unless you get some kinda awsome deal, its not worth the time and effort nor the speed increase.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822;11857220 
What do you gain? HT 3M more cache, and you lose like 2.4-1.7ghz like 700mhz? can you OC it?

It's a quad core and has a higher turbo boost frequency, not to mention the architecture is faster for an i7 compared to an i5. I can see the difference between mine and my friend's CPUs. We did a bench test to catch the difference and his is about twice as fast actually.
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I'd take a fast dual-core over a slow quad-core for a laptop, definitely. It depends on your uses but I don't think you'd notice a big speed increase. A better idea would be to get an i7- 620M.

But if you really want an i7 quad, wait for the Sandy bridge ones to come out next week. 2.2 ghz base frequency = win.

edit: Actually the new Sandy Bridge mobile quads go from 2.0ghz to 2.3ghz, and for the Extreme edition, 2.5ghz/3.5ghz turbo :O .

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-2920XM-Notebook-Processor.40114.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-2820QM-Notebook-Processor.40112.0.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Qosmio;11857425 
It's a quad core and has a higher turbo boost frequency, not to mention the architecture is faster for an i7 compared to an i5. I can see the difference between mine and my friend's CPUs. We did a bench test to catch the difference and his is about twice as fast actually.

Gotcha if its faster than that is what you want do it.

If you don't use your laptop like a laptop, as in take it everywhere and make it portable, but instead use it like a desktop then its worth it.
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