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AMD A8-4500M vs. Intel i5-3210m vs. Intel i5-3317u - November 9, 2012, 08:21 AM

So with the wife going back to school my laptop has been getting hogged, lol, and with the spare on its last leg I am going to pick up a new one, and have narrowed my choices down to 3 that will meet my needs, but can't decide on a processor. Which one would you recommend between the ones listed?


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What are you using it for and what are the rest of the specs


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What are you looking to spend and what size do you want for the screen?


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What are you using it for and what are the rest of the specs
normal recreation (web browsing, photo sharing, music download & transfer, movie and video watching on road trips and airplane trips); part time school (word, excel, power point, research); personal finance and small business (excel, quick books, turbotax, etc...); and maybe a little bit of go-pro video edit for youtube postings.

Asus K55N $400:
AMD A8-4500M processor with UMA graphics


4GB DDR3 memory


DVD±RW/CD-RW drive


15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display

With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)


UMA graphics

For lush images with intense detail. HDMI output allows connection to an HDTV.

Built-in 0.3MP webcam and microphone


Media card reader

Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro formats.

2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port

For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.

Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)


Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN

With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.

Weighs 5.5 lbs. and measures just 1.4" thin


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled


Software package included

With Adobe Reader, Power2Go v7, AsusVibe and more. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 also included (product key card required for activation; sold separately).

ENERGY STAR qualified



Asus K55A $450:
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor

Features a 3MB L3 cache and 2.5GHz processor speed.

Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.

4GB DDR3 memory

For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive

Create custom DVDs and CDs.

15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display

With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)

Offers plenty of storage capacity and fast read/write times.

Facial recognition

Helps protect sensitive information.

UMA graphics

For lush images and vivid detail. HDMI output for flexible connectivity options.

Built-in 1.0MP webcam

Along with a microphone makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.

Multiformat digital media reader

Supports MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO formats.

2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port

For fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.

Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11n)

Connect to the Internet without wires.

Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN

With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.

Weighs 5.6 lbs. and measures just 1.3" thin

For easy portability. Chiclet-style keyboard allows comfortable typing.

Aluminum texture in matte light covellite hairline finish

Offers a stylish look.

Windows 8 Home 64-bit operating system preinstalled

Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.

Software package included

With Adobe Reader and more.

ENERGY STAR certified

Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.




Acer TimeLine Ultrabook M5 $600 (the super thin, super light, stainless steel, amazing screen display, and long battery life has attracted me to this one):

3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor

Features a 3MB L3 cache and 1.7GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz.

Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.

6GB DDR3 memory

For multitasking power.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support

Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.

15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display

With CineCrystal technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)

Along with a 20GB solid state drive offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.

Intel® HD Graphics 4000

With 128MB dedicated video memory ensures lush images. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.

Multimedia keys


Built-in high-definition 1.3MP webcam

With 1280 x 1024 resolution makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.

2-in-1 media reader


2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port


Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)


Bluetooth 4.0 + HS technology

Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.

Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.

Weighs only 5.1 lbs. and measures just 0.8" thin

For easy portability. Backlit FineTip keyboard with numeric keypad allows comfortable typing and data entry, even in low-light conditions.

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit operating system preinstalled


Software package included

With a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office 2010.

ENERGY STAR qualified


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and none of them have 802.11a


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1366 x 768 is such a shitty resolution for a 15.6" screen. Hopefully the manufacturers of windows machines follow in Apple's footsteps and stop pumping out laptops with these crappy screens.


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I wouldn't want any of these. 4GB ram belongs to 2002 and so does 1366 x 768 for 15 inch screen. You will really feel the difference when you look at this low resolution and try to do any work.

For CPU comparisons you can check out PassMark Software - CPU Benchmark Charts but for the tasks you describe it doesn't matter what processor you have. Pay attention to RAM and screen size first.
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I wouldn't want any of these. 4GB ram belongs to 2002 and so does 1366 x 768 for 15 inch screen. You will really feel the difference when you look at this low resolution and try to do any work.

For CPU comparisons you can check out PassMark Software - CPU Benchmark Charts but for the tasks you describe it doesn't matter what processor you have. Pay attention to RAM and screen size first.
Actually in 2004 you were more likely to get a 1680x1050 resolution screen on a laptop. We've gone backwards in terms of screen quality.


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OK so? AMD A8-4500M vs. Intel i5-3210m vs. Intel i5-3317u?

I am pretty much finished shopping around, I just need to pick a processor. looking for opinions on which one i should go with.

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normal recreation (web browsing, photo sharing, music download & transfer, movie and video watching on road trips and airplane trips); part time school (word, excel, power point, research); personal finance and small business (excel, quick books, turbotax, etc...); and maybe a little bit of go-pro video edit for youtube postings.


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I'd go for the Intel Intel i5-3210m due to the higher clock.


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The 3317 is simply a low power chip (17w vs 35w). Go with the 3210 if you want faster processing at the expense of battery life (depending on the battery size between the two).


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