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I was planning to buy a new Laptop. I am confused as on to take i3 first gen and i3 second gen. I will use Ubuntu and majorly use the laptop for writing code. Will there be any significant diffrence in the performace if i use i3 first gen compared to i3 second gen. Ram will be 4 GB for both and HardDisk of 500 GB for both.

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I would recommend to get the latest, 2nd gen is 32nm which probably reduces heating and power consumption.

What is the difference between Intel Core i3 and 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 Processors?

Intel introduced the 1st generation Core i3 processors in 2010 and the 2nd generation Core i3 processors in 2011. The 2nd generation Core i3 processors are built on the Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, which is 32nm microarchitecture, while 1st generation Core i3 processors were built on Intel’s Nehalem architecture. Additionally, 2nd generation Core i3 processors include new features for improving the graphics performance of the processors such as Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel InTru 3D / Clear Video HD and WiDi 2.0 that were not available in 1st generation Core i3 processors.


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Second generation Intel Core Processors offer significant advantages over their first generation predecessors, producing improved speed, optimisation and new graphical and multi task features for their i3, i5, and i7 models. From a new micro-architecture through to increased graphical integration and exclusive entertainment features, they provide an excellent boost to the it equipment foundation of home and business laptops. Significantly boosting daily performance, they also provide added durability for video gaming and business tasks.

  • Introduced in 2011, the second generation processors shifted from a first generation Nehalem to a Sandy Bridge platform.
  • The latter features a 32 nm micro-architecture that is 69% faster than the first generation processors.
  • Intel’s new line builds around 20 new processors ranging from dual core i3 to quad core i5s and i7s.
  • The three types of processor retain basic differences in speed, optimization, battery life and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
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