HP 15.6" Intel Quad-Core 500GB HD Laptop
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This laptop is powered by a quad core Pentium processor with impressive specs. Compared with the Core I3 from yesterday’s offering, it has a faster graphics processor (400 MHz vs 300), 2MB L2 cashe vs 0.5MB (can process more code at a time per cycle)and an average of 4.88 Watts power consumption vs 12.18 (longer battery life). Runs on 45 watts, means less heat generated, longer expected lifetime for the circuits.
This one should do very well on most home applications, it may even be a little better on video streaming because of the quad-core and L2 cashe. It certainly would make a great business laptop for taking your work home or on the road.
If you are trying to compare it to this I3 you are way off http://computers.woot.com/offers/hp-15-6-intel-core-i3-1tb-touch-notebook. The pentium processor N3700 in this woot-off has a passmark of 1887, yesterdays I3-5010U has a passmark of 3064. The I3-5010U also has a better architecture HD graphics 5500 as compared to the “plain” HD graphics of the N3700- see below:
The integrated HD Graphics 5500 offers 24 Execution Units (EUs), however only 23 EUs (clocked at 300 - 900 MHz) are active in this case. Similar to the CPU core, the GPU architecture (Intel Gen 8) has been thoroughly revised for improved performance-per-clock. Therefore, the HD Graphics 5500 is able to beat the HD Graphics 4400 (20 EUs) as well as the HD Graphics 5000 (40 EUs), both part of the Haswell generation. Nevertheless, most games as of 2015 will be playable only in low settings.
Broadwell is the first Intel chip to fully support DirectX 11.2 as well as OpenCL 1.3/2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Video will output natively via DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a. However, the new HDMI 2.0 standard is not supported.
Pentium N3700 graphics:
The HD Graphics (Braswell) is based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which supports DirectX 11.2 and is also found in the Broadwell series (e.g. HD Graphics 5300). With 16 EUs (Execution Units) and a clock speed of up to 700 MHz, the GPU is about twice as fast as the HD Graphics (Bay Trail), but still not powerful enough to handle demanding 3D games of 2015. The GPU also supports 4K/H.265 video acceleration.