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What are your guys thoughts on the fifteen inch Samsung seven series. I am looking at getting the one with the 6750m and the i7. They claim 9 hours of life and from what i've seen a 15 in MBP can run bf3 as well as I would want. Do you think this could run in just the same. The specs seem very similar. I will make a trip to bestbuy soon to look at their watered down version and keep you posted.

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Looks pretty awesome to me, I've seen them too. The 750gb HDD is 7200RPM too, and comes with a 16gb SSD for quick booting.

I think Samsung is the only one that can pull this off and make a really food MBP competitor. Because they make HDDs, SSDs, LCDs, DVD drives, speakers, and other things themself, and make them well, it gives them a huge price and quality advantage, one almost as big as an Apple logo.
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I actually HAVE the Samsung Series 7 Chrome; bought it about a week and a half ago because my Gateway from '09 was finally showing it's signs of age. I'm a web developer and at this point in the perpetual development of my skills, I needed a machine that could handle the more elaborate projects that the Gateway would lag on; so I opted for the Samsung i7 (ATI 6750M, 750GB *partitioned drive, 6GB DDR3 RAM yaddi yaddi). After coming across a Black Friday promotion that helped me stomach the price tag, I bought it.

So, my thoughts so far? UNIMPRESSED. Well, sort of. It's fast; but not so fast that I don't have time to blink between the mouse stroke and an application loading. Multitasking is fine, but you'll still find yourself tapping the mouse key waiting for that infernal "working" cursor to finish running 'round in circles.
But that's not why I'm here.

I too went out and bought BF3 and thought that it should run on this rig with no problems. Boy can I tell you that I spent my fair share of time saying "***" to myself and it tripped and stumbled through not only the loading process (even with the cd, there's a 3.4GB file to download), but the game itself. Multiplayer was a nightmare. I didn't even max out the graphics and during gameplay, the FPS was so poor, I was literally experiencing the "teleporting" effect as I watched other players leap from one end of the screen to the next. As you can imagine, this made aiming tricky and not getting shot in the face even more interesting.

"Maybe your internet connection is lagging..." I thought the same thing to myself. So, I opted for just going the campaign route, just to see what the gameplay was like without the online interaction. The computer screen went black for about 3 minutes then I got the white screen of death. After a ctrl + alt + del and an "end process", I found myself searching for upgrades to the display drivers and all the like only to find that mine are as up-to-date as they can be. So, I came rummaging through here to find out if anyone has had any similar issues or, if anyone knows any tricks on how to squeeze more power out of this thing; since going through the CMOS settings for any "special adjustments" to your CPU clock will leave you disappointed as well.


Hints? Tips? Comments? It runs my other game fine - granted, not nearly as demanding as far as processor load. But the gap between one games performance on the rig and the other (Command and Conquer 4...don't judge me) is daunting. And befuddling. Any insight would be great; because I was really expecting this thing to knock my socks off with speed. Instead, I'm getting something closer to hanging my head out the window at 40mph and letting my ears flap in the wind.
post #4 of 8
a low clocked 480 core GPU is not going to run BF3 well on anything other than medium/low @1080p


my 540m even struggles on medium sometimes at 768p.

Also, are you sure you have the 6750 enabled? When i had a DV6T, auto graphics switching was really glitchy. They fixed it after I sold it, but that is a different matter.

Maybe just check to make sure it is enabled.

Did you update your graphics drivers?
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update:

Alright - I managed to get BF3 runining relatively smoothly by unplugging my 22" Syncmaster and hooking up the laptop directly to a LAN line. After doing this and relaunching the game, I was pleasantly pleased that I was able to actually PLAY a few rounds and even get into a "sniper stare down" before a bullet somehow found its way into my scope. I decided that instead of blaming ping, it was the awkward position I was sitting in on the floor since my cat5 cable didn't quite reach my desk. THUS not allowing to me employ my ninja reflexes as quickly as I normally would. SO - a good cable internet connection and not having a second monitor for the processor to have to keep track of made a significant difference.

BUT - (***). First, after I finally get the game working normally, after a few rounds, the mouse suddenly won't work on any of the game menus. you can move the cursor around to your hearts delight, no clicky. Ode to the tedium. Furthermore and much to my chagrin (and also like a lot of the issues other BF3 players have had) is that if CTD's at random. No rhyme or reason to it. Don't think it's computer related, but irritating as hell. Especially after I finally found a spot where I could pick people off without them having a clue.

Reflex, when I was checking the display drivers, I noticed that there were actually two in the system. There's one for the AMD Radeon 6490M, and one labeled Mobile Intel HD Graphics. That made me wonder if disabling one and leaving the one for the AMD Radeon going would have an adverse effect - i.e. I won't be able to SEE anything on restart. I'm not sure, what do you think??

I'm sure by the time you answer this I will have already tried and possibly gotten my answer, but in the off-chance curiosity hasn't killed me first, I wouldn't mind an outside opinion.
Edited by Boolean010 - 12/9/11 at 8:56pm
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1. the no mouse thing sometimes happens to me after i exit the origin overlay. I find that tapping esc twice will let me use it again. Not sure if that is what you are talking about though.

2. 6490 is not going to play BF3 great no matter what. sorry to be the bringer of bad news. Disableing the intel driver wont change anything, it will probably just mess stuff up.

3. CTD is the bane of my existence
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Yeah, I found where I could manually configure the switchable graphics and set both Origin and the BF3 programs to "high performance". It seemed like I got a marginal uptick in the FPS, but that could have also been in my head. I came to the conclusion that I just have to go ahead and build an actual gaming rig with the graphics card/RAM/CPU to handle BF3 with all of it's potential glory. If after all of that, I am stillgetting the persistent CTD, BF3 is going to find itself on eBay.
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I'm a little late but in your first post you said you got a 6750M which would play BF3 like a higher end MBP. However it looks to me that you got the Best Buy model with a 6490M which will not play BF3 very well at all. I think this is your mistake, but you can still be unimpressed, just understand you got the "gimped" version. I'm sure if you got the 6750M version you'd be happier in terms of gaming performance.
    
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