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Old November 5, 2012, 11:20 PM
geoc geoc is offline
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Default upgrading laptop CPU

I am contemplating on upgrading from a sandy bridge core i3 to a SB core i7 quad. From my understanding, my battery life will drop be cause of the TDP increase.

But when using my i3, my CPU load is constantly between 15-20 percent minimum, more if I open a website with flash banner ads. If I get a quad-core, I assume the load will drop significantly.

Assuming that lower load will consume less power, if I was using the laptop under low load conditions (i.e pdf's, web browsing, flash videos), I should notice not a lot of difference in terms of battery life. Is this right?
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