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Which Laptop is Better? HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition vs. HP Pavilion dv6t

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I am looking to buy a new laptop and need to know which one of the two following laptops are better for gaming performance.

HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition specs:
  • AMD Quad-Core A8-3550MX Accelerated Processor (2.7GHz/2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
  • 640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
  • 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)


HP Pavilion dv6t specs:
  • 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M (2.2 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
  • 2GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
  • 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

Both cost around the same price.
post #2 of 6
The A8 seems faster.

Then again, my doubts are only on the L2 cache vs the i3 L3.
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Just for outright gaming performance, the A8 laptop will perform better as the AMD APU can Crossfire with the AMD discrete graphics. Not a *huge* gain, depends on the given model, I've seen around 20% gain over discrete-only.

The i3 has better single- and dual-threaded performance, by far (the A8 can be overclocked to close the gap some). I believe the i3 has slightly lower multi-threaded performance, depending on the benchmark.

I'd probably go A8 in this case. If it was an i5 vs the A8, it would be a harder decision, as the i5's are ~20-30% faster than i3's.
 
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If it was a low end A4 i'd say the i3 but in this case go with the A8. smile.gif
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Leaning towards the A8, what sort of games will you be playing though?

Games like SC2 are more CPU intensive so the i3 might be better, while games like BF3 are more GPU intensive so the A8+7690 may be a better choice.
post #6 of 6
I'd say the A8, even though I'm not a fan of AMD processors. The extra GB of vram shouldn't make a huge difference in a laptop card. I'd try to get a 7200 rpm hdd (or solid state drive but ya know) if you can. As for memory, it's almost always cheaper to upgrade after market, so go with a 4 GB in 1 dimm if you have the option.
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