3 laptops but not sure which one to choose.

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  1. craison

    craison Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey everyone,

    Not sure about which laptop to choose between the following 3:

    i5-8300H 8GB RAM 1000GB HDD + 128GB SSD 4GB GTX 1050 Ti 1080p 60Hz screen Price: £660: https://it-supplier.co.uk/asus-fx50...20-x-1080pixels-black-notebook-fx504ge-e4031t

    i5-7300hq, 3gb 1060, 120Hz screen and 256GB ssd for £780: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CHH1481/ref=psdc_429886031_t2_B079WYGS7Y

    i5-7300hq, 6gb 1060, 60Hz screen and 128GB ssd + 1TB hdd fpr £750: https://www.box.co.uk/FX503VM-DM102...piry=1542114329&source=webgains&siteid=116019

    My budget is £700. I'm honestly not sure if I should spend the extra for a 1060 as I'm not a heavy gamer though the last laptop I listed seems tempting. I've been gaming on a desktop R9 380 and have been completely fine with it's performance. I normally switch computers every 2 years so that's about how long this laptop will need to last.

    Will be used for gaming, currently play games like Warframe, Just Cause 3, Borderlands 2 and Assassins's Creed. 1080p medium / high would be nice, not really bothered about ultra.

    The first one has a good processor but a 1050 Ti, the second seems great except for the 3GB 1060 and the i5-7300hq and the last has the 6GB 1060 but 'only' a i5-7300hq.

    Do you think there would be a big difference in gaming between a 4 core 4 thread i5-7300hq and a 4 core 8 thread i5-8300h?

    It would be nice to get some advice.

    Thanks for reading
     
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    Raphandryu Notebook Consultant

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    Better if you go with 8th gen processor. There is a slight difference in performance for the games which are more CPU demanding.
     
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    craison Notebook Enthusiast

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    For very cpu intensive games there would be an improvement if I go for the 8th gen cpu but a better gpu would overall provide a higher improvement in a lot of the games which are not cpu intensive due to it being much more powerful right?
     
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    Raphandryu Notebook Consultant

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    I was little busy that time so I kept it short but let's all the three laptops one by one, okay?

    Removing the second option is is most costly among 3. Reason - GTX 1060 with 3GB is not as great as 1050TI and full size 1060. Why was it costly? Because of 256GB SSD and a straight up 120Hz panel.

    Let's see the 3rd option which have i5-7300HQ with GTX 1060(6GB). 1060 gives around 30%-40% more performance than a 1050TI while i5-8300H gives 40% more performance than i5-7300HQ. The problem is 1060 runs hotter than 1050TI and Asus FX503VM don't have a great cooling. This laptop suffer with thermal throttling and reduces the overall performance of 1060 as well all the other hardware inside it. Therefore you're not going to get the potential of GTX 1060, it might perform slightly better than the 1050TI but why to waste money for a very low difference between overall performance.

    Let's talk about some games which is the important reason you're getting this laptop.
    These AAA titles - GTA V, Assassin's Creed Unity, Assassin's Creed Origins, The Witchers 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, Metro Exodus, Metro last night, Hunt: Showdown, Crisis 3, Rise of Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, Final Fantasy XV, Battle Field 1, Batman Arkham knight, Star wars battlefront II and many more are there which are CPU demanding games.

    A better CPU with a good GPU gives a better overall performance than a good CPU and a better GPU.

    Well, decision is yours.
     
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    craison Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the detailed write up, I was slightly leaning towards the 6GB 1060 version but your analysis makes a lot of sense so will go ahead and buy the 8300h 1050Ti laptop.
     
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    Glad to know it helped :)
     
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    craison Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I came across something while doing a bit of research on that Asus I was going to buy. The cpu seems to be limited to 25W rather than 45W which causes power limit throttling issues when gaming.
     
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    Are you sure? Well I didn't know about that yet. If the CPU is limited to 25W, it's good and bad at the same time. Good - no overheating. Bad - Reduced performance. Maybe it will be resolved with the bios (New HP Omen 15 has thermal throttling issues which they fixed in the bios update). Limiting for i5 is really an stupid decision from Asus as i5 don't really produce too much heat.
     
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    I'll take a look into it after I'm done with my work.
     
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    It seems to be getting fixed by Asus, so not to worry much for that
     
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