Re: Trying to find a laptop for under $650
No, the i3 is more powerful. I think even a similarly-clocked Core 2 Duo would be more powerful.
However, Asus definitely makes more reliable notebooks, and its dedicated HD4570 puts the i3's integrated IGP to shame. It also handles GPGPU technology. The Turion aided by the 4570 will be much faster than the i3 alone in things that support it.
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