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Offline Kolgena

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Yeah... Vista's a ***** about memory allocation. I'm currently running 2.26 gigs/4 gigs for having FF, acrobat, word, and some common bg processes up.

 

Offline CP5670

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Those non-ThinkPad Lenovos are probably among the most underrated machines out there IMO. They're reasonably priced, have decent specs and the build quality isn't half-bad either. Get the right deal and you can have an i5, 4GB RAM and a decent sized HDD for under a grand. The catch, though, is they mostly have Intel integrated graphics which makes them unsuitable in this case, but for a large chunk of the market, they're brilliant.

This one is a pretty nice deal and includes both a Sandy Bridge and a decent GPU. I'm looking to buy a laptop myself and would have gotten this, but I want a full size keyboard.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
This one is a pretty nice deal and includes both a Sandy Bridge and a decent GPU. I'm looking to buy a laptop myself and would have gotten this, but I want a full size keyboard.

I wonder if it has switchable graphics, because that would just be awesome. I'm still not 100% sure I'd go for the quad core in a laptop to be honest, but for that kind of money (and the fact it's only about 80% the speed of the dual cores, unlike the previous-gen Clarksfields) I'm not sure I'd complain terribly much.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I see people saying that it doesn't have switchable graphics but still manages to get about 4 hours on internet browsing. The Sandy Bridge quads are generally a lot better than the old Clarksfield ones in terms of battery life. The quads also turbo up to the same speeds as the duals when fewer cores are in use.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Ok... :wtf: I've never had my RAM use less than 1.2GB on my machine. Well, assume between 512Mb and 2Gb, but the more, the better.
I actually once tested how much RAM Win7 actually needs to operate. It went as low as 128MB RAM, I fired up a few basic apps including Adobe Reader which worked too, it wasn't exactly fast though. With 96MB RAM Win7 refused to even try to boot and instead greeted me with a message saying there is no enough RAM to boot. Sure, officially Microsoft's minimum requirements say 1GB and it's probably true for any decent performance with some apps open and in use.

Today anything less than 4GB RAM for gaming purposes is silly.
Wow, I didn't know it could run under such conditions, even if it is slow. And yes, I agree with your final comment... the more the better.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
when i buy a laptop i dont normally buy a gaming laptop, but i do buy a laptop with a decent gpu that is kinda sorta in the same price range of your typical laptops.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I see people saying that it doesn't have switchable graphics but still manages to get about 4 hours on internet browsing. The Sandy Bridge quads are generally a lot better than the old Clarksfield ones in terms of battery life. The quads also turbo up to the same speeds as the duals when fewer cores are in use.

Battery life is only part of why you want switchable graphics with Sandy Bridge. You can't use any of the media features, in particular the Quick Sync transcoding engine, when you're on a discrete GPU so you need a way to switch between them if you want to use them.

As I mentioned earlier, the thing with the Clarksfields was they had relatively anaemic base clocks, 1.6GHz or 1.73 for the 720QM or 740QM most of the cheaper machines had. Sure, they Turbo'd out to between 2.4 and 2.93GHz, but if you were doing that a lot then you may as well have bought an i5 for less money since you were paying the premium for the quad only to have it spend most of its time as a single or dual core. Sandy Bridge is better here with 2.0GHz being the minimum base clock on the quads which isn't entirely terrible compared with the dual cores. The range of turbo modes is better too: 6/7/8/9 for 4/3/2/1 core operation in this case instead of only 1/1/6/9 for its predecessor. I still don't think the quads are worth any kind of premium over the duals, but for USD$899 this machine is a steal, quad core and all.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Yeah, I wouldn't pay a big premium for a quad in a laptop either, especially since there is very little software that uses more than two cores. However, the prices tend to be comparable to the duals among laptops that also include decent GPUs. The Sandy Bridge duals also won't be out for a few weeks, and the quads are the only thing you can get right now.