i7 vs i9 in a Laptop

Started 3 months ago | Questions
RUcrAZ
RUcrAZ Veteran Member • Posts: 6,733
i7 vs i9 in a Laptop

Hello,

I expect to be buying a laptop, mainly for photo editing (but also for occasional video editing, on the go.) Would someone care to comment on the differences / advantages of the current crop of Intel  i7 vs i9 ?

Thank you

ANSWER:
This question has not been answered yet.
kelpdiver Veteran Member • Posts: 4,575
Re: i7 vs i9 in a Laptop
1

RUcrAZ wrote:

Hello,

I expect to be buying a laptop, mainly for photo editing (but also for occasional video editing, on the go.) Would someone care to comment on the differences / advantages of the current crop of Intel i7 vs i9 ?

Thank you

i5/i7/i9 are marketing labels by Intel that imply higher is better, but it's still really a comparison of the actual cpu that matters.    i9 didn't exist until recently, and the i7s on laptops have normally been more like i5s on desktops.

The power draw can matter, if you're relying on battery power to do work.   If you can always plug in, then it doesn't.

More cores is better for video, but can mean slower cores for single threaded work (much of photo editing).   The max turbo speed for a core should suggest how it does for that.

And then of course you have the video display, keyboard, trackpad options for the laptop to consider.   And right, price!

Austinian
MOD Austinian Forum Pro • Posts: 10,884
Re: i7 vs i9 in a Laptop
1

RUcrAZ wrote:

Hello,

I expect to be buying a laptop, mainly for photo editing (but also for occasional video editing, on the go.) Would someone care to comment on the differences / advantages of the current crop of Intel i7 vs i9 ?

Thank you

One thing to consider is that many laptops don't have great CPU cooling systems; the i9 may be faster for short periods of heavy load, but depending on the efficiency of the cooling system have little advantage on sustained loads as it may encounter more thermal throttling.

I'd look for tech reviews that discussed a specific laptop's load performance before buying an i9 over an i7; that's very model-dependent.

 Austinian's gear list:Austinian's gear list
Sony a7R III Sony a7R IV Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sony FE 24-105mm F4 +2 more
kelpdiver Veteran Member • Posts: 4,575
Re: i7 vs i9 in a Laptop
1

Austinian wrote:

RUcrAZ wrote:

Hello,

I expect to be buying a laptop, mainly for photo editing (but also for occasional video editing, on the go.) Would someone care to comment on the differences / advantages of the current crop of Intel i7 vs i9 ?

Thank you

One thing to consider is that many laptops don't have great CPU cooling systems; the i9 may be faster for short periods of heavy load, but depending on the efficiency of the cooling system have little advantage on sustained loads as it may encounter more thermal throttling.

what he said!

throttling aside, I might never buy an HP laptop after long observations that they quickly devolve into loud beasts where the fan never stops whirling at full speed.    Probably unfair to hold onto this, but as he said, look to the model reviews.

A cpu that can't sustain peak perf will not be a good video editor.   And one that is always loud will annoy you to no end.

Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads