I have been looking at notebooks recently and have narrowed down my choices to two, an Acer and an HP. I look mainly to do light gaming (probably only MMOs like WoW) and browsing.
As can be seen, the two laptops are nearly identical, not only in components but also in price. The main differences are that while the Acer has an i5-520M, Ati 5650, and 320 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, the HP has an i7-720QM, GT 230M, and 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive.
So, the HP has a much stronger processor than the Acer, but its graphics lag slightly behind. The size of the hard drive does not matter, and I'm not sure how much of a difference the 5400 vs 7200 yields. But I digress.
Which leads me to my questions:
First, I have seen it claimed that although WoW does not utilize more than 2 cores, the new i7 will "turbo boost" cores to compensate for programs that only utilize single or dual cores. To what extent is this true, and does the "turbo boost" compete with the dual core when being used for a game like WoW?
Given the slightly weaker graphics but stronger processing of the HP compared to the Acer, which would be a better choice to purchase?
Any insight is much appreciated.