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6th gen i3 vs 5th gen i5

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February 28, 2016 9:05:45 PM

which is better in a laptop : Intel® Core™ i3-6100U OR Intel Core i5-5200U

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February 28, 2016 9:11:30 PM

i5-5200U has a better GPU, so that. Not to mention TurboBoost.
February 28, 2016 10:15:03 PM

Definitely go for the i5. The generation gap is not bigger than the the i3 to i5 gap. One of the main things, as okcnaline mentioned, it has the turbo boost that increases the clock speed of the processor when needed by the system. In my opinion the i5 if way better.
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February 29, 2016 12:39:28 AM

Im typing this on my laptop with a i5 5200U. Nothing but good to say. I had the i3 4005U before returning it for this model. The i5 is quite a bit better. The 5200U is not old, broadwell is fairly new in laptops. New enough so that the i5 of that gen is superior to the still newer skylake i3. The 5500 graphics are good for what it is. I can play Tomb Raider, World at War, World of Tanks, Total War Napoleon, etc on lowered settings with little to no problem. however, just worth noting: It made a massive difference in games after adding 4 Gb of RAM to make for a total of 8. the 4 Gb wasnt enough considering the GPU also uses RAM in place of its non-existent V-RAM.
February 29, 2016 11:42:16 AM

Overall, the Core i5-5200u is more powerful the Core i3-6200u. But the difference is not too much. The max clockspeed is 2.7GHz vs 2.3GHz, however, Skylake is on average about 4% more powerful than Broadwell. That means the 2.3GHz Skylake Core i3-6200u generally performs the same as a 2.39GHz Broadwell Core i5-5200u. A difference of 0.31GHz or 13%.

On the other hand, the Intel HD 520 (i3-6200u) graphics core is more powerful than the Intel HD 5500 (i5-5200u). Click below for some benchmarks; the are average performance result from a variety of laptops with CPUs ranging between Core i3 to Core i7 CPUs. If you do not plan on playing games, then you can ignore the benchmarks.

The Intel HD 520 generally performs better than the Intel HD 5500 in most games. But there are a handful of games which performed better on the Intel HD 5500. Sprinkled in there are benchmarks for the nVidia GT 620m, 720m and 820m.
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