Question: Comparing Performance of Modern 8th, 9th or 10th gen I5 vs I7 Intel Chips

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>

I initially posted this series of questions on the NVDA chat subgroup. I received some helpful and interesting messages from Gene, which gave me a lot to think about. I'd like to repost my questions on this group to seek additional opinions, particularly from those of you who may have some direct experience in using and comparing these chips.

I'm assisting a friend in purchasing a new computer. At the moment she feels that she wants to stick with Dell. She wants a desktop with an SSD and, to best future proof this machine, I'd like it to have 16 GB of RAM. Her needs are modest: email with Outlook, document editing with Word, Web browsing and basic Excel functions. In other words we're talking about Office and Web browsing.

No video editing, no gaming and likely not much even with audio editing.

Considering that the machine would have 16 GB of RAM and an SSD is an 8th gen or 9th gen I5 going to give her good performance, particularly compared with I7 processors? Gene had already told me about more inexpensive machines which might give her similar performance, such as a review he provided for an Acer machine. I'm personally fine with considering other brands but my friend may or may not feel that she may want to stick with Dell. She also wants a fairly extended warranty along with on-site service in case of an unforeseen hardware failure. Obviously, a slightly older I5 will cost a bit less but I don't just want performance to be OK or barely adequate. If we go with AMD are there things I should look for or avoid? I just don't have enough hands-on experience using some of these more modern computers and would like feedback from those who have.

I should also mention that she'll be using JAWS.

Many thanks.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

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