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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby scarbunny » 23 Mar 2009, 10:20

I wonder if AMD will take advantage of Intel taking a while to get its i7 mobile platforms out and produce a killer mobile chip to take the mobile market for themselves for a while?

Would be nice to see an AMD/ATI that outperforms the current intel crop in both ability and power consumption, a low price would also be nice.
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby BinnsY » 23 Mar 2009, 12:05

Somehow I doubt it.......... at the moment there best desktop chips don't even remotely compare to Intels offerings. AMD's top chip the phenom 2 940 only benchmarks around 9% faster than a Q6600, and its a good 20% slower than a i7 920.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phe ... 14-10.html

If they can't manage anything to create serious competition in the desktop market I can't see them doing it in the mobile one either.
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby Johnmcl7 » 23 Mar 2009, 12:57

scarbunny wrote:I wonder if AMD will take advantage of Intel taking a while to get its i7 mobile platforms out and produce a killer mobile chip to take the mobile market for themselves for a while?

Would be nice to see an AMD/ATI that outperforms the current intel crop in both ability and power consumption, a low price would also be nice.


I seriously doubt it as they're currently barely able to compete with Intel's older processors and a mobile processor needs considerable expertise - AMD have been unable to compete with Intel's mobile processors since the Pentium-m release and none of their current tech lends itself well to mobile processing. AMD aren't in a good state financially and I can't see they have any of the resources to build a new mobile processor and even if they managed to release it before the i5 (or whatever) it's likely the Intel response would destroy it as Intel's new integrated designs look very well suited to mobile systems.

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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby Replicant » 24 Mar 2009, 23:27

Have you considered one of the new Core i7 equipped Novatechs due out in the near future?
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby EviL Ras » 24 Mar 2009, 23:31

I'm aiming for bang for buck goodness. and i7's are pricey!

As i say, 2,53ghz dual core, overclockable to 2.93. 4gb DDR2, 512mb 4850. blu ray. 500gb hdd. 17" 1920 x 1200. all for £1099 is superb i feel. And less than £1300 if you get quad core 2ghz! And it includes a gaming bag and mouse, and 2 year warranty! So tempted! But then the GTX 280 is a better card, i cant justify the cost! And the 4850 isnt that much slower than GTX 260 now ati have released the overclockable programs for the card!

one guy overclocked with the programs available and was getting 75fps on GRID at 1920x1200 and 4xMSaa. not sure if thats good or not, but sounds nice!
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby Replicant » 24 Mar 2009, 23:35

remember the nvidia 260m is just a rebadged 9800m.

Sounds like a good deal what/where did you find it?
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby EviL Ras » 25 Mar 2009, 02:01

Laptops direct. MSI GT725:

£1099 for dual 2.53ghz

£1280 for quad core 2ghz.

It has some boost button that, when plugged into the mains, overclocks the processor between 15-25%. And you can use ATI overdrive to bump up the core and memory clocks in the HD4850 from 500/850 to 540/890. this translated into an average of 8% frame rate increase in left 4 dead!
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby EviL Ras » 25 Mar 2009, 03:09

And just discovered that there's a rebadged advent version:

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9000, (2.0GHz, 1066MHz, 6 MB Cache), Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium, 4 GB Memory, 250 GB Hard Drive, Blu-Ray Disc Drive, ATI Radeon HD4850 Graphics Card, 512MB dedicated graphics memory, 17" Widescreen display.

£999 at pcworld!
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby Johnmcl7 » 25 Mar 2009, 03:41

I can't seem to find it on the PC World site at the moment as I was thinking of checking it out in a store locally, NBR claims its screen is just 1440x900?

I'm perhaps being too quick to dismiss this machine, not sure.

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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby EviL Ras » 25 Mar 2009, 09:51

I think is a DSG model. so PCworld, dixons, currys. Tho didnt find it when i was pratting about at 2am looking for laptops i cant afford!

Guy at work is buying one off a mate. think it fell off a lorry. Clevo M570u based i think. 9800 GTX, 2.2ghz dual core, 320gb HDD, 4GB ram, 17" 1920x1200. - £500.

Oh, and no idea about MSI support. Tho they have collect and RTB 2 year warranty, service centres in the uk, live web support, a customer KB, and an 0870 number to ring for support. Seem ok... Theres a guy on youtube called faisalhero who has one and reviewed it. his review was sketchy at best. But crysis at 22fps on full everything aint too shabby for a laptop.
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby EviL Ras » 26 Mar 2009, 08:47

Well, having slept on it, i'm in 2 minds. Either i just wait until next may when my loan is cleared, and see what i can get hold of. As i'll have cleared my loan instead of dumping a few more k on it! OR i go all out and get an sli system.

Basically i was reading last night and they said the 4850 on a 1920x1200 screen would allow most new games to run at medium - high. When i bought the m1710 its because games would run at high - ultra! And thats how its lasted me 3 years!

Man, gaming laptops are confusing. would be so much easier to build a desktop! but its just not how i roll! If that guy has any more blagged ones at work, i might just be tempted to throw him 500 notes!
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby matt » 12 Apr 2009, 16:09

hi all,
A friend has asked for £600 gaming laptop suggestion, what can he expect for that price?

Primary use would be office / powerpoint etc so 15" and fair battery life would be good. Gaming wise, over HL2 on medium would be good.

Do Novatech still do cheap laptops? Dell? Asus?
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby matt » 12 Apr 2009, 16:32

is the nvidea 9600 comparable to the ati 3650? Is it still worth going intel?

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/asp/vers ... sion&page=

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire ... n.asp?PID=
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby poor_man_jim » 12 Apr 2009, 17:30

Hi Matt, my search drew the same results. I'd personally favour the Intel over the AMD option being the more efficient processor in this case (25W versus 35W TDP according to data shown on wiki).

The NotebookCheck graphics chart places the HD 3650 slightly below that of the 9600M GS but it's comparable in performance. Both more than capable of running Half Life 2;
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-G ... 849.0.html

Other laptops I've seen include;

The same Acer 6930 but from Argos (Item code 508/1017). Same price but the specs show a 1GB 9600M GT - typo perhaps but you never know?

Comet has it for £550 and also mentions a 1GB card but no don't know whether it's a GS or GT. Again, be wary of typos.
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/produc ... 30G-644G25

Dell Studio 17 (HD 3650) - £579 delivered
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstor ... c=N0473503

Packard Bell RS65-T600 (HD 3470) from PC World (Product code: 454768) - £550.

All I see from Novatech is the X55MV which sports a 9650M GT but costs well over £600 and doesn't include an operating system.
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Re: gaming laptop suggestions

Postby poor_man_jim » 12 Apr 2009, 23:54

I forgot to check earlier but there's also a 10% voucher for that Dell;
http://www.dmxdimension.com/dell-uk/stu ... n-coupons/

Brings the price down to £521.10 all in making it rather good value for money. Expires at midnight this Wednesday...
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