2

I'm helping to buy a computer for a person whose main computer's use will restrain to web browsing, checking e-mail, office tasks but who may occasionally run Windows in a VM or perform some video conversion.

Among the offers I found two similar ones:

  • Acer V3-372 with Pentium 4405 and a LED IPS matrix, extra USB-C and USB 3.0 port
  • Acer V3-371 with i3-5005U and a LED matrix

The latter of them is 8.2% more expensive than the former, i.e. 150 PLN. Is the i3 processor worth the extra money in these case?

There's a benchmark showing that Pentium 4405 is 14% faster than i3 (CPU-wise), but benchmarks are benchmarks: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-4405U-vs-Intel-Core-i3-5005U/m54474vsm24957

The notebook will run Linux, probably Cinnamon or KDE as its desktop environment.

2

You need the i3-5005U. Its graphics power is the main reason. If/when you are consuming GPU-accelerated web content or converting videos, the extra GPU horsepower will make all the difference and is worth the extra cost alone. Additionally, the i3 has a little extra cache, which might come in especially handy for virtualization.

| improve this answer | |
  • Thanks a lot for the reply! According to gpu.userbenchmark.com, the i3's GPU is 39% faster than the P4405's. Won't this even out with the 14% faster CPU of P4405? Or maybe it's not that simple? – marmistrz Sep 13 '16 at 7:47
  • 1
    GPUs and CPUs do different work. So no, there is no way to equate the two so easily. The i3 is a better balance of GPU/CPU capability. – Adam Wykes Sep 13 '16 at 7:48

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.