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Compare laptop processors

The processor is often called the laptop's heart or brain, since it's the central component that largely determines how fast your computer is and what you can do with it. There are Intel processors and AMD processors, but what is the advantage of which brand? On this page, we'll compare the 2 brands.

How do processors work?

A closeup of a computer processor chip

Whether it's booting your laptop, the uncountable number of mouse clicks, or installing a program: the processor (also known as CPU) plays a central role in all of the actions that you carry out on your computer. That means a processor's power says a lot about how fast your laptop can carry out tasks, and which tasks it can carry out to begin with. There are a number of factors that determine a processor's speed.

The most important factors that determine the speed

The number of processor cores

Processors nowadays generally have 2 or 4 cores. A processor with 2 cores is known as dual-core, whereas a processor with 4 cores is known as quad-core. Each core can take up a different task, so: the more cores, the faster the processor.

The clock speed

The clock speed is indicated in Hz. For example, if a processor has a 2GHz clock speed, that means it can carry out 2 billion operations per second.

The cache memory

The processor uses its cache memory to temporarily store the data it needs to carry out tasks. Here, too, goes: the more cache memory, the faster the processor will work.

Intel or AMD?

Intel Processor i7 icon and AMD Ryzen 7 icon

The two largest processor brands are Intel and AMD. Around 80% of all laptops sold are equipped with an Intel processor. This says nothing about the quality, but it does say something about how popular this brand is with manufacturers and consumers. Which brand is the best choice for you differs from one processor to another.

In general, you could say that AMD processors are more affordable. Intel is generally faster and relatively more expensive. AMD, on the other hand, has quad-core processors at more affordable prices. On top of that, AMD processors have somewhat more powerful integrated graphics chips, multiple threads and, often, more cores. An AMD processor is recommended when you often work with software that uses multiple threads, and you're looking for a good deal.

How do the processors relate to each other?

We've listed the Intel and AMD processors that equal each other. That way, you can easily choose the laptop with the processor that suits you.

Intel vs AMD

Intel AMD
Intel Celeron AMD E3 / AMD A6
Intel Atom AMD E2 / AMD A6
Intel Pentium AMD A6
Intel Core m3 AMD A8 / AMD A9
Intel Core m5 AMD A9
Intel Core i3 AMD Ryzen 3 / AMD A12
Intel Core i5 AMD Ryzen 5
Intel Core i7 AMD Ryzen 7

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