Originally Posted by thomasgiles2012
Both of those cards will be able to run bf3 on ultra. I have run bf3 on ultra on a 27inch 1920x1080 monitor running off a ati 6850 1gb.(I get about 35-42fps with this card on ultra everything) either way you go you will be able to play on high just fine. And you will also be able to play ultra settings really. How do I know because I was at a LAN party last night and a buddy of mine was running it on my monitor with his rig which has a 6990. And he was getting any ware from 60-70fps.
You are talking about desktop GPUs, the mobile Variants are not the same.
Originally Posted by Nepalese
So will Medium at 1080 with no AA be playable?
I have a Sager NP8130 (based on the Clevo P151HM) with a i7 2670qm, 8gb ddr3, GTX560m and 1080P display. I can run the game in the 40s-50s on a mix of medium-high settings with some of the AA and other features off, and I am Happy. When I want ultra settings I go on my GTX580 based desktop. If I had only the laptop, I would have opted for the 6990m or 580m based Sager NP8170 laptop for better performance. I am sure you will be able to get a lot better performance out of either of those GPUs than the 570m. This notebook cost me $1300 with a 95% NTSC Color Gamut Matte Screen as a $100 upgrade.
So yes, with an upgraded GPU either of those laptops will run the game probably on high with no AA. I also want to say, while there is a graphical difference, the game still looks great.
The 570m is obviously a step up from the 560m, but i'm pretty sure the 6990m is better than the 570m by a significant amount as it only trails the 580m by <10% from what most people/reviews have said for a lot less money (around $300 or so).
If this is a primary laptop, I would look at the 6990 or a gtx580 to give you the most performance you can get, or wait it out until april may with the ivy bridge/nest gen GPUs are made available.
As for your choices, have you looked at sager? They have slimmed the options on most sites (such as xoticpc) in preparation for the next round of GPUs and updated Laptops. They make a stellar laptop, dual cooling fans and heatsinks, allow the laptop to run reasonably cool, and doesnt scream I am a gaming laptop with hideous logos and color schemes and lights galore.
I would suggest looking at Malibal.com before buying an Alienware or MSI base notebook. Malibal is a Clevo Reseller like sager, but still has options for GPUs. The Lotus P150HM and Satori P170HM both have options for a GTX560m, 6970m, 6990m, and GTx 580m. I would confirm they are in stock though, as xotic pc only offers the 560m on everything but the dual gpu laptop they have, where as a month ago you had the 560m, 6990m or 580m as options.
Xotic also sells configurable MSI notebooks.
Gaming laptops are NOT a waste of money. If you buy the right one, they will run reasonably cool, and with the addition of a decent notebook cooler, they run really cool. I am always impressed with my laptops temps running on a cooler master Notepal U2. For the $1300 I spent on my NP8130, I am incredibly happy with the performance.
Hope this helps.
**Edit** Looks like Malibal also has scrapped the 6990m in my recommended laptops. MSI or alienware might be the most readily available options.Edited by identitycrisis - 3/14/12 at 10:06am