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"2nd generation" same as the first?

Seems as if there is no way to tell if you are buying the "previous generation" or the "2nd generation" the model numbers and stats are identical. Walmart is selling a laptop with a i5-480M. There is a "i5-480M" listed in the compair precessor list you end up at when you click on either generation. Actually when you click on the compare processors from either page you go to the same URL and on that URL it doesn't tell you whats previous and whats 2nd.

http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/compare-processors.htm http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/compare-processors.htm

So 2nd generation has a new sticker on the laptop?

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If the name of the CPU starts with "2" then it's a 2nd generation CPU

Examples: I5- 450 --> 1st generation

I5-2450 ---> 2nd generation

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The 2nd generation has better performance** and several new features. For example, if you are just comparing the i5-2540M with the i5-540M, you will see that the new 2nd gen graphics has been integrated on the same die as the processor core and therefore has higher graphics frequency for betterperformance. The 2nd gen Max Turbo Frequency is also higher for better performance. The 2nd generation processor also supports faster memory bandwith and faster DDR3 memory, tubo 2.0, and other features like the AVX instructions. With the 2nd gen processor you also can get Intel Anti-Theft 3.0 and Intel AMT 7.0 in the Intel vPro Technology models.

The 2nd generation has a new "badge" that you might see on the outside of the laptop (it's up to the OEM to put it on) but it has a zig-zag stripe on it. You can see the new badges for i3, i5, i7, and i7 extreme edition here: http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/core-family.htm http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/core-family.htm

To compare the detailed processor specs go to http://ark.intel.com http://ark.intel.com and use the checkboxes to select the processors then click on the compare button at the top.

For example, to compare the i5-2540M and the i5-540M mobile processors see the following: http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=43544,50072 http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=43544,50072,

**Your performance depends on many factors so please check out our results for industry standard benchmarks and the details on the performance claims, see: http://www.intel.com/performance http://www.intel.com/performance This site has specific results for 2nd generation Intel Core processors.

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how to know difference between 1st & 2nd generation i5, just seeing its logo??

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Yes, apart from looking for the '2' at the beginning of the model number. As far as I am aware these are the different logo's to tell 1st and 2nd generation apart.

1st gen logo:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a0/Intel_i5_logo.png http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a0/Intel_i5_logo.png

Notice the the right top curved area exposing the inside chip.

2nd gen logo:

http://laptoping.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Intel-Core-i5-i7-vPro.jpg http://laptoping.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Intel-Core-i5-i7-vPro.jpg

Notice cut through the mddle showing the chip inside.

Hope this helps,

Luke

(correct me if I'm wrong anyone, but this is how I've been telling them apart)

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i need good explaination about 1st generation & 2nd gen... Its not a matter a logo differences...But why im asking is the whole system putting in some processors laptop....How its being good in terms of performance & satisfaction of the laptop user's...How it fast compare before into the latest...

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