860m is a Beast

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  1. franzerich

    franzerich Notebook Evangelist

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    It seems like the 860m (or 960m) gets a lot of optimisations from Nvidia, and therefore has an advantage despite being a "midrange" chip only. However this could be false impressions because so many people make videos on youtube praising how great all these games run on high settings (except maybe AC:Unity / Dragon Age Inquisition).

    Aside from custom vBIOS, is it really such a wonder-gpu with lots of Nvidia support?
     
  2. Jaggyjags

    Jaggyjags Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, it's the perfect balance for me. Laptops with it can keep a thin profile with no thermal throttle, low noise and can run any game you throw at it on high settings at 1080p.
    You can choose better fps at maxed settings but at the cost of a beefier and heavy machine with the top cards.

    Owning a V17 nitro by Acer.
     
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    vinny3 Notebook Consultant

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    Oh definitely. An overclocked 860m plus an undervolted i7-4100hq equals a cool running beast of a combo.

    Rocking a gigabyte P34G V2, and I never go past 80c for the GPU or CPU.
     
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    Eric Auer Notebook Guru

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    I have the GTX860m on a recently bought Lenovo Y50 and so far I am very happy with it.

    I agree that it allows for a notebook with good graphics power in a slim package.

    I have not personally had any need to overclock it yet.

    Nice combo with the I7-4720HQ.

    Eric
     
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    PaKii94 Notebook Virtuoso

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    I am going to have the same combo in my omen that should hopefully arrive this week. Could you post your numbers? How high were you able to push it? Also, I don't have much experience in undervolting. Does that reduce the CPU performance? Is it because we usually don't max out the CPU anyway?
     
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    Undervolting just makes it run cooler and use less power at load, not to reduce CPU performance. It's like overclocking but the opposite. You optimize voltage for the stock CPU speed for best thermal and power performance.
     
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    Actually undervolting usually results in an overclock of the chip since it drops the power consumption so it does both.
     
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    Confused here. Undervolting is the opposite of overvolting. Underclocking is the opposite of overclocking. No?

    Also what Ethrem said as far as Haswell is concerned.
     
  9. vinny3

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    Unfortunately, my bios is locked so I maxed out at +168 mhz core. But I saw that sebi managed to surpass an 870m on BF4 with an unlocked bios. I undervolted the CPU to -85mv and achieved about 3 degrees cooler with, to my surprise, a performance increase, probably because it throttled less. I actually noticed the biggest difference in temps by underclocking core 3 and 4 of the CPU achieving about 7 degrees, and no noticeable loss in performance. Finally, repasting is a no brainer as it gave me another 3-5 degrees and was super easy on my machine. So now I sit in the 70's, where stock I was at a consistent 91c. I would overcook a turkey with that kind of heat.
     
  10. HTWingNut

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    Well, it's same concept, just optimizing performance for the voltage or voltage for the CPU speed, po-tay-toe, po-ta-toe.
     
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