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My laptop can play some games for the most part.

i7 720QM 1.6 ghz
ATi 5730 GPU 1GB
4GB ram

BC2 plays well on low/med settings

Any source engine game I can max

BlackOpps and MW2 on medium run well

SC2 runs on med fine

WoW runs pretty much maxed...

So with this laptop what is it's crippling factor? The 1.6 ghz i7 or the 5730M that benches almost identical performance to a 8800GTS 512?
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post #2 of 18
I'd guess the gpu since the turdo on the cpu takes it up too 2.8 ghz depending on the number of threads and should be fairly quick at that point.
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post #3 of 18
Gpu.
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post #4 of 18
The GPU is pretty much always the bottleneck on a laptop.
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post #5 of 18
I am going to say CPU, despite what the above have said. Some games benefit from a higher clock speed, rather than quantity of cores, so you might see more performance out of that card with a better CPU. I have not seen turbo mode hit that often, especially in games, but the GPU doesn't help either.
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post #6 of 18
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it seems that there are some games like HalfLife 2 that I get tiny dips below 20fps. If I look they are only using 2 cores out of the 8 that are there with the fake HT cores.
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post #7 of 18
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Did some digging.

The CPU scores identical in benchmarks to a stock clocked Q6600

The video card scores benchmarks identical to an 8800GTS 512

Seems pretty powerful no? Are my results in games similar to what would be expected of an 8800GTS + q6600 when gaming?
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post #8 of 18
I would think big bottleneck can be HDD to SSD, because of the read/write is like 10 times faster... GPU in OpenGL is adequate. DirectX definitely not so good.

Believe it or not having matching performance for CPU to GPU usually will help with not having issues, however having match a high end CPU with a crap GPU will cause issues. Same with a good GPU but crap CPU. Memory also plays a roll in it as either a hindrance or help. If all are mid/high range parts than it will always be SATA2/3 IO as the bottleneck.

Remember that any and all better performance in any aspect will overall increase performance of the system.
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post #9 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adramalech707;13301508 
I would think big bottleneck can be HDD to SSD, because of the read/write is like 10 times faster... GPU in OpenGL is adequate. DirectX definitely not so good.

Believe it or not having matching performance for CPU to GPU usually will help with not having issues, however having match a high end CPU with a crap GPU will cause issues. Same with a good GPU but crap CPU. Memory also plays a roll in it as either a hindrance or help. If all are mid/high range parts than it will always be SATA2/3 IO as the bottleneck.

Remember that any and all better performance in any aspect will overall increase performance of the system.

It has a 128 GB SSD in it...
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dillmiester;13300622 
Gpu.

Are you kidding me. The whole series of G51 to G72 that has GTX260M are bottlenecked with crappy P7350 to P8700 cpu.
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