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Processor questions

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by McKay, Apr 24, 2012

  1. Feb 20, 2011
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    I'm putting together a new laptop, however the best processor my budget allows is this:

    http://ark.intel.com/products/53469

    Will it run games like BF3 very well?

    Other parts I'm considering are:

    AMD® Radeon™ HD 7970M
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel RAM
  2. Nov 29, 2010
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    Should be good, BF3 is a GPU Intensive game, but question is why are you using a laptop?
  3. Feb 20, 2011
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    Because I get moved around a lot and want portability.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
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    That should run the game just fine. My iMac has similar hardware except I have a generation back GPU mobile and it runs it just fine.
  5. May 14, 2011
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    If anything, low settings are piss easy to run, its ultra settings you will be struggling with but this seems powerful enough to handle decent gameplay.
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  7. Aug 18, 2006
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    The i7 will do perfectly fine, especially since it's a second generation i7 (Sandy Bridge). I'd worry more about the GFX card if you want to run BF3 well. The 7970M should run it without a hitch.
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    • Feb 20, 2011
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      I'm not bothered about ultra settings. Just a playable frame rate at 1980x1080. My current laptop has to have the minimum settings at 1280x720 to get around 40FPS.
    • Apr 14, 2011
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      Your fine 17's are at the top of their class
      anything above 2.4 ghz is ok 3.0+ is great
    • Feb 14, 2012
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      The problem you're going to run into is the speed of your HDD. It's going to take forever to load levels with that 5200 RPM HDD. May I suggest a SSD?
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      • Jan 21, 2011
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        No, you may not. Silly moose.
      • May 14, 2011
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        An SSD is kinda pointless unless you have cash to splash, i have one (120GB) and i enjoy my boot speed etc, but because the estorage is so small i don't manage to fit any games on it anyway, I have my 300GB 10.000rpm velociraptor for that.
      • Feb 14, 2012
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        My SSD is 250 GBs and it comfortably fits all my applications and OS. I have a 7200 RPM 1 TB drive for my media (music / movies / porn) as those are the killer to disk space.
      • Aug 18, 2006
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        Not quite. There were 3.8GHz Pentium 4's that were being sold 9 years ago. It was a great CPU at the time, but these days, it simply wouldn't cut it. Clock speed is a consideration for the CPU you get, but it shouldn't be the only one as it's not the only indicator on how well it performs. CPU architecture is just as important.

        You really can't go wrong with most of the newer CPU's these days. The i5's, i7's, and AMD's new lineup are all great. It's a matter of personal preference on your brand and price range.
      • Apr 14, 2011
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        True when i was refering to the GHZ is was to the I series processors ^^
        P.S. Xenon processors are great too ^^
      • Dec 6, 2011
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        Love it.:clown:

        @McKay You should run max settings on 1080p no problem, but just the fact that this is going to cost 2-3times more than the exact same hardware in a desktop just makes me cringe.

        Listen to Ray, he definitely knows what he's talking about here. Also, it'd probably be better to go to Tom's Hardware and ask them instead, they have an amazing group of members there that will help you with all of your questions.
      • Aug 18, 2006
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        Indeed. Xeon CPU's overclock better than their desktop counterparts. Reason being, they are higher quality CPU dies. For example, the i7-2600 and the Xeon E3-1270 all get fabricated on the same wafer during the fabrication process. Once the fabrication process is complete, they are all examined, and the highest quality CPU dies from the batch get sold as Xeon's, and the others get sold for Desktops. Since the Xeon's have less deformities than the desktop version, they overclock higher at lower voltages. (Keep in mind that these deformities are microscopic, on the nanomater level. CPU's and GPU's have billions of transistors that are only a few nanometers big). The same thing is done with GPU's as well. Example: When a GTX 570 is born, it's actually a GTX 580. It starts out as a 580 in the fabrication process, but once its complete, lesser quality/defective GPU dies then get separated and the shaders get lasered off, and they are then sold as GTX 570. At the end of the day: A defective GTX 580 die get castrated and gets turned into a working GTX 570.

        There's more to it than that, but that's the basic principle behind it all.

        Bleh, don't know why I felt like explaining all of that... :confused:
      • Feb 20, 2011
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        Before when I put a build together they had 7200RPM drives, but now they've removed those and replaced with 5400RPM. I'm hoping that because it's 2x5400RPM Drives in RAID 0 Array, it'll be bearable speed. I've heard RAID 0 provides greater access times, but I'm not sure how much faster in real life terms.