I'm looking at getting a new laptop to replace a Dell with a T7500 Core 2 Duo chip (2.2GHz).
According to this benchmark site, the Core i3's score almost double my current processor's score in the "Passmark" benchmark, so I guess whatever I get will be a big improvement. I also noticed that the new i3 2310M Sandy Bridge processor scores significantly higher than the old Core i3's (and even some i5's), despite being clocked at a lower frequency.
- Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.2GHz, Passmark: 1275
- i3 370M, 2.4GHz, Passmark: 2231
- i3 380M, 2.5GHz, Passmark: 2332
- i5 450M, 2.4GHz, Passmark: 2477
- i3 2310M (Sandy Bridge), 2.1GHz, Passmark: 2708
However, from another benchmarking site, it would appear that i3 2310M doesn't beat the older chips on different benchmarks (such as Windows Experience Index, or 3D tests).
My question is, are there benefits in terms of track count in going for the Sandy Bridge over the previous generation i3s for use with my DAW (Reaper)? I use several VSTi's (e.g. Dimension Pro, EZ Drummer) and VSTs (reverbs, eqs, compressors etc) in each project so a bit more processor power would come in handy, especially towards the end of projects when I have about 15-20 tracks each with 3 or 4 effects on.