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Old 19. Apr 2015, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
AEngineer
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Default Is 4-Core CPU likely to be Beneficial for General Work

I'm contemplating replacing my 7-year-old tower containing an AMD Phenom II X3 720 and an SSD as C: drive with a new machine. I find myself caught between competing desires and would appreciate advice.

My competing desires are:
  • Quiet
  • Low power usage - it's on 24/7
  • Rapid Response

The first two pull me towards the new NUC i7 due in May with a pair of SSD's. It's a 2-core CPU
The last pulls me towards a tower or mini-tower with a 4-core i7 (e.g. 4790) plus SSDs.

My simultaneous environment for computing is:
  • 3 1920x1080 monitors
  • Several browsers open - each with 6-10 tabs
  • Excel with multiple tabs - but not vast data arrays or macros
  • Personal database with multiple-thousand records (Filemaker)
  • Evernote with multiple-thousand records
  • Outlook
  • Acrobat
  • One or two other work applications
  • NOT gaming or heavy video/audio processing

My question: Would I'd notice the difference between a 2-core and a 4-core i7 for the typical work environment described above.
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