intel i3 vs core2 duo 6600

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by natos17, Jan 28, 2010.

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  1. jujube

    jujube Notebook Deity

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    Dell has shifted their gaming notebooks to alienware and only some of the highend dell branded ones have a mid-range gpu as an option. The machines with the configs you're looking at have a gpu that will be a bottleneck for most of the graphics intense games at decent settings let alone being future-proof.
     
  2. natos17

    natos17 Newbie

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    Ah, thanks. So what kind of graphics card would be the next step up? From looking round, any ones with more than 512mb memory seem to be a huge step up in price and I'm not really sure what other aspects of the graphic cards I should be looking at. Oh and Dtwn, posted it in the other forum as well but to no avail.
     
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    DEagleson Gamer extraordinaire

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    I would recommend ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 / 4670, or Nvidia hardware that perform the same.
    Its not a super GPU, so the price should be much lower.
    You cold also choose a HD 4570 if you want to save some more cash.

    Examples:
    Dell Studio XPS 16 includes Intel i7 quad ATI HD 4670.
    Dell Studio 15 includes both i5 dual & i7 quad with ATI HD 4570.
    Dell Studio 17 includes i7 quad and ATI HD 4650.
     
  4. natos17

    natos17 Newbie

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    Ah, that's helpful. So how do I tell how good graphics cards are? For instance, in which way are the 4650/4670/4570s better than the 4330?
     
  5. dtwn

    dtwn C'thulhu fhtagn

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    4330 < 4570 < 4650 < 4670 is basically how it goes. For actual performance figures, that's a little tougher.

    Looked at your other thread, do you have any other options aside from Dell?
     
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    sean473 Notebook Prophet

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    4650 and 4670 are at least 5 times better than a 4330... u can play most or all modern games on medium-high ... with a 4330 , u can play on low or not even play the game... if u wait a while , u could get better laptops with core i5 and i7 and better ATI and NVDIA GPU's...
     
  7. DEagleson

    DEagleson Gamer extraordinaire

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    Also recommend waiting for ATI HD 5000 and or Nvidia 300m (Even if its a rebadged 200m).
    Heard ATI lowered power consumption on their newer chips.
     
  8. sean473

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    he'll have to wait a month or 2.. stuff that comes to NZ comes slowly and is overpriced...
     
  9. dtwn

    dtwn C'thulhu fhtagn

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    5 times? Don't mind if I ask you where you got that idea from.

    Looking at notebookcheck's results, and more importantly, at the individual results, it would seem 2-3 times better would probably be more accurate.

    Crysis Benchmark low
    4670 = 52.5 and 55.5 FPS, P8600 and P9700 respectively
    4330 = 30.7 with a T6570.

    3dmark06
    4670 = P8600 6705, P9700 6828
    4330 = P8700 2385
     
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    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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