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Windows 7: Intergrated or dedicated graphics for gaming and mutltaking use?

23 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 
Intergrated or dedicated graphics for gaming and mutltaking use?

Hi,

I'm looking ofr a new laptop which I can use for gaming, stuff like Minecraft and complex driving games, but I also use it for multitasking quite a bit. Linked to my main query- Intel of AMD? I've read that Intel is better for multitasking but AMD is better for gaming. If it turns out an AMD CPU would be better I could shell out on a laptop with dedicated graphics, but if I get an Intel I'd probably have to settle with integrated (something like Intel HD 4000 Graphics (btw are they any good?)) I don't want to spend anymore than £500 (equivalent to this laptop: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pavilion-g6-...915007&sr=1-12 )

As I said, the majority of the use is multitasking and not in games, and when I say multitasking I mean 80+ processes.

Any help will be appreciated and don't hesitate to ask me more questions if I've not given sufficient information.

Thanks in advance,
Tom

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24 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

So nobody has anything at all? No advice, no tips, nothing?
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24 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Maybe because to many here, "gaming laptop" is an oxymoron.
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24 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Well for gaming I would never use a laptop but if you have to go with a dedicated graphic chip from either amd or nvida. Stronger then the integrated chips from intel which will run poorly for games. Better off with a dedicated graphics chip for gaming. The cpu on it is good but intel hd 4000 is going to struggle with games, they will run but on low and older games might run ok.
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25 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Maybe because to many here, "gaming laptop" is an oxymoron.
Sorry, but I didn't know how else to describe it. I needed a laptop, and something to play games on.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
Well for gaming I would never use a laptop but if you have to go with a dedicated graphic chip from either amd or nvida. Stronger then the integrated chips from intel which will run poorly for games. Better off with a dedicated graphics chip for gaming. The cpu on it is good but intel hd 4000 is going to struggle with games, they will run but on low and older games might run ok.
Ok, thanks. I know this is a huge question, but AMD or Intel, as I said earlier if I get an AMD I'd be able to get a better graphics card, andd if I get Intel I won't be able to get such a good graphics card. Sorry, but I have no idea what CPU is better for what...

Thanks for your replies.
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25 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Maybe because to many here, "gaming laptop" is an oxymoron.
Sorry, but I didn't know how else to describe it. I needed a laptop, and something to play games on.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
Well for gaming I would never use a laptop but if you have to go with a dedicated graphic chip from either amd or nvida. Stronger then the integrated chips from intel which will run poorly for games. Better off with a dedicated graphics chip for gaming. The cpu on it is good but intel hd 4000 is going to struggle with games, they will run but on low and older games might run ok.
Ok, thanks. I know this is a huge question, but AMD or Intel, as I said earlier if I get an AMD I'd be able to get a better graphics card, andd if I get Intel I won't be able to get such a good graphics card. Sorry, but I have no idea what CPU is better for what...

Thanks for your replies.
Well technically Intel cpus are most of the time superior to amd cpus in terms of power and usually outperform them. Though Amd graphic gpus out perform Intel's graphic solutions, maybe something with a amd gpu and a Intel cpu or just a amd cpu and amd graphics or possibly one with nvdia graphics and a intel cpu would benefit you more. Um what is this other amd laptop that you are looking at? Just want to know to help guide you and give a better judgment since only the one with intel graphics laptop link has been provided.
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25 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
Well technically Intel cpus are most of the time superior to amd cpus in terms of power and usually outperform them. Though Amd graphic gpus out perform Intel's graphic solutions, maybe something with a amd gpu and a Intel cpu or just a amd cpu and amd graphics or possibly one with nvdia graphics and a intel cpu would benefit you more. Um what is this other amd laptop that you are looking at? Just want to know to help guide you and give a better judgment since only the one with intel graphics laptop link has been provided.
There are no specific AMD laptops that I've seen, patially because I don't know which CPU model is better than another, but I found this Intel laptop with dedicated nvidia graphics

Lenovo Ideapad Z580 15.6-inch Laptop (Gunmetal) - (Intel Core i5 2450M 3.1Ghz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia GT630 Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

It seems quite good to me, but I'm open to other opinions.

Thanks
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25 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

That's a pretty decent choice, should be pretty good at multi tasking and decent gaming at around 30fps average. This guy uploaded a video of him running some games with that laptop. Can run pretty modern games at medium-high at 30fps avg though he does dip into the 20's at times which can look a bit jittery. Usually console games run at 30 fps so it should look okay to you if you're use to playing console games but you will probably notice some fps dips.As for multitasking and rendering the i5 should have no problems what so ever. I think most games would run decent at medium at 1336x768 native res on that laptop, could probably bump the graphics or get a tad higher fps if you play at 1280x720 instead of 1336x768.
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25 Nov 2012   #9
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27 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I read on another forum site that a Nvidia Geforce GT630 with 1GB dedicated memory is better than a Nvidia Geforce GT620 with 2GB dedicated memory. Is this true, surely more memory would be a bigger advatage than the slight speed difference between models?
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