Which processor should you choose a laptop with?

In the last article, we said that the criteria for choosing processors in laptops are different compared to those of a stationary PC. Indeed, laptops in most cases serve other purposes. They make it possible to work not only at home, to work without being tied to an outlet. It should also be noted that a laptop is much smaller than a standard stationary computer, which imposes quite certain limits on its capabilities, although it is expanding more and more every year. In this article, you will learn exactly what to look for when choosing a processor for a laptop.

Intel vs AMD. Here, as in the case of stationary PCs, everything is not so simple, because each brand also has both pros and cons.

  • AMD is much cheaper than Intel
  • AMD’s integrated graphics are better than Intel
  • Top Intel solutions are more powerful
  • Intel has less process technology and less power consumption

If you’re on a tight budget, AMD is your go-to. In the super-budget segment, they are doing better than their competitors. But if you are not so tight on money, then Intel is better. In the laptop segment, higher energy efficiency comes into play in all its glory, your laptop will be able to work longer offline, which is a big plus. Also, when choosing a powerful laptop, for example for gaming, it is worth choosing Intel, since their best chips are more powerful. Intel sales in the notebook segment significantly exceed AMD sales, so in almost all cases, except for the very budget segment, we recommend taking Intel.

Processor lines

As for AMD, things are the same here as on PCs. Ascending power A4, A6, A8, A10, FX. They differ from their older brothers by letter indices. Read more about this in our article. An article about AMD product technologies is available here.

Let’s pay more attention to Intel. Although on this topic, we have a separate detailed article about the lines and marking of chips from Intel. About the technologies used in various Intel processors can be found here. There are several series of chips:

Now we need to deal with the designations and markings. The first digit indicates the processor series. Intel updates the series every year. At the moment, the 6th episode (Skylake) is relevant. Alternately in the series, the technical process (Tick), then the architecture (So) change. Starting with the Intel Kaby Lake generation, the Tak + stage appeared, in which the same architecture and technical process are used with minor improvements (since the technologies have been run in, the crystals are better and can have lower current losses and better overclocking potential). The stores sell laptops with processors that are no older than the new series by more than 3 years.

Now we need to discuss the letter processor indices:

It turns out that at this stage there is a choice between performance and autonomy, because the most powerful processors are distinguished by a very gluttonous disposition, but only they are able to completely replace a stationary PC. Economical chips will allow you to do without charging for a long time, but they do not shine with performance either.

In terms of power for energy consumption, the best will be “stones of the last series, since both the change in architecture and the reduction of the technical process have a positive effect on this indicator.

We recommend reading the following article: Intel Haswell Mobile Processor Line. Marking, positioning, use cases.

Performance comparison

When you have already decided what you need approximately, the stage of comparisons begins. Among the many and many chips on the market, you need to find the one that will suit your needs. When comparing performance, numbers in the model name will not help you. Here you need to use the ready-made benchmark results. We advise you to refer to the following resources: websites of manufacturers Intel and AMD, where you will find useful technical information; NotebookCheck is a site with a rating of mobile processors, where there are results of various benchmarks.

What to pay special attention to

We also advise you to pay attention to the design features of the laptop model itself.

  • A larger battery can compensate for the increased power consumption.
  • A poor cooling system can reduce performance (throttling) and shorten the lifespan of your flint friend.

Also in the laptop, the presence of hybrid graphics is quite good: both integrated into the processor and into the motherboard, which allows you to distribute responsibilities between powerful and weak chips and save battery power. About integrated graphics from AMD (and not only about integrated graphics) and Intel you can read the corresponding links. Specifically, this article is written about the choice of a video card in a laptop.

We hope that you enjoyed our material, and at least some of you really helped in such a difficult issue as choosing a processor for a laptop.


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