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Hi, I'm really confused about which cpu should i go for whether AMD a10 8700p or intel i5 5200u with a ram of 8gb.

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murali vnv
murali vnv on 7 Nov 2015
Commented: Federico Manfrin on 12 Dec 2019
I use Simulink for my masters thesis so...

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Rini Ann Jerin A
Rini Ann Jerin A on 7 Nov 2015
i3 or i5 processor are best suited for working with Matlab. RAM with 8GB is not bad. You should have a good speed with these specifications. All the best!
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 8 Nov 2015
Key limitations I note:
  • dual core i7, when more cores are being common
  • only 6 Gb of RAM built in, but can be expanded to 16 Gb
  • hard drive is 5400 rpm, which is disappointing for an internal laptop drive these days
  • no GPU
  • 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0 -- that could lead to competition for the single USB 3.0 later
  • The Intel HD5000 graphics is iffy for some purposes. For example when I was investigating something about the Psychometric Toolbox (a third party free toolbox for psychological experiments) the other day, I found statements from the developer that the Intel HD graphics were broken at the firmware level for the purposes of precision drawing and so are just not supported by that toolbox.
If you looked at this laptop on the basis of my remarks about the graphics that tends to be built in to i3 chips, or about GPU seldom being there for i3 systems, then this system is not the answer.
It is difficult to give complete answers about what to buy on a budget without knowing more about the mathematics of the computations you will be doing, and about the graphics you need. There are definitely some cases where you would be better off buying an 8 core machine where each core is slower or lower range (e.g., i5 instead of i7) compared to a 2 core machine at the higher range, if your processing happens to split nicely into parallel computations. But if your calculations are (for mathematics or coding difficulty reasons) effectively confined to 1 core, then you probably don't need more than 2 cores and you would want one of the cores to be as fast as you could afford (and the second could keep running the operating system and other active programs.)

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Star Strider
Star Strider on 7 Nov 2015
I like the AMD option, and have three AMD laptops of various ages (one recent). AMD processors automatically use the GPU cores as extra computing cores when necessary. Since you’re considering an A10, see the AMD A-Series Desktop APUs page. Search the site for more information. (AMD APUs are preferred by gamers, explaining my preference for them.) The more RAM the better.
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Federico Manfrin
Federico Manfrin on 12 Dec 2019
Yep, but Ryzen are not APUs.
Ryzen performance can be evaluated thought the benchmark, here you are (attached) a screenshot of the performance chart, comparing a Ryzen7 with other processor

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Federico Manfrin
Federico Manfrin on 14 Nov 2019
Matlab compiler use the processor's FPU to speed up the script execution.
Best processor for Matlab have much core, each one with his own FPU
Worst processor for Matlab have less core, shared FPU ecc..
Matlab doesn't gain any a performance improvement with the virtual core (like intel hyperthreading tecnology).
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