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from AMD we have a Llano prototype with an A8-3500M APU and integrated HD 6620G graphics. There are faster clocked Llano APUs in terms of CPU performance, but by default all of the A8 GPUs run at 444MHz with 400 Radeon Cores. Second is our Trinity prototype laptop with and A10-4600M (HD 7660G graphics), running 384 Radeon Cores at a substantially higher 686MHz clock
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From the Intel camp, we tested three different laptops. On the low end of the spectrum is a Dell Vostro V131 with i5-2410M CPU and HD 3000 graphics. We also tested with a quad-core i7-2820QM and HD 3000 graphics to see how much the slightly higher IGP clocks and significantly faster CPU matter with Diablo III. The third laptop is the ASUS N56VM Ivy Bridge prototype, with an i7-3720QM CPU and HD 4000 graphics
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from NVIDIA we’ve got the same ASUS N56VM with i7-3720QM, only this time we’ve enabled the GT 630M graphics. We also ran some tests with an Acer AS3830TG that has an i5-2410M CPU with GT 540M graphics. Finally, we also have in a second Clevo W110ER in for review, this time from AVADirect, with an i7-3610QM and GT 650M graphics.

Source: Anandtech

Besides the mash up of TDP (battery life) and pricing with all these laptops, it still provides an interesting comparison of what to expect performance wise from these different combinations.
Edited by Alchemist07 - 5/28/12 at 4:45am
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Is Diablo 3 a CPU intensive game?
Edited by Kand - 5/28/12 at 5:13am
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I have been playing on my Asus i5 (sandy) and GT 540m. Been loving every minute of it. Just realized tonight thought that 1600x900 is the optimal resolution for this beast on an external monitor. Runs great at 1280x720 or 1366 too though if I'm on the go.
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Is Diablo 3 a CPU intensive game?

Its probably like SC2, optimised for 2 threads so scales with cpu frequency (and ipc) rather than cores.
Edited by Alchemist07 - 5/28/12 at 7:13am
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What's awesome is that W110ER is 11.6" thumb.gif
    
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Hmm.. I play on my sig rig mostly, but my late 2011 Macbook Air with i5 and HD3000 gets pretty decent frame rates on low settings.

Edit: I DO notice a drop in frame rates now that I am in the later stages of Nightmare though. On normal difficulty I had no issues though.
Edited by Ovlazek - 5/28/12 at 7:35am
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The only lag I ever experience is from the internet connection. Which is stupid, I'm only using single player, why must every moment be documented and connected to Battle.Net?
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I just tried it last night because my main card died in my rig. I was not impressed; especially after playing tons of hours on my GTX480. I even turned all the settings down. This is a new lappy i bought for school about a month ago.

Toshiba Lappy. 17.3", 1600x900, New Core i3, 4GB RAM, Intel HD3000.

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It's settled. $550-600 AMD Trinity laptop can play Diablo 3 biggrin.gif . The 25W A10-4655M in Ultrathins/Sleekbooks should even outdo the A8-3500M by a little (they're about 20% slower on graphics than A10-4600M).

Maybe add this to the OP: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Diablo-III-Benchmarked.74918.0.html . It has 1366x768 low/med/high, and 1080p/high . It also has about 15 or so laptop GPUs (a lot which Anand didn't test) so it's a good complement to Anandtech's data.
 
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I just tried it last night because my main card died in my rig. I was not impressed; especially after playing tons of hours on my GTX480. I even turned all the settings down. This is a new lappy i bought for school about a month ago.
Toshiba Lappy. 17.3", 1600x900, New Core i3, 4GB RAM, Intel HD3000.
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HD3000. there's your problem lol.
it runs pretty well on my old studio xps 1640 (C2D 2.4Ghz, AMD 4670M ) at 1600x900 ( around 30fps on average with everything on high and anti-aliasing turned off).
CPU use is minimal so I am inclined to believe - as mentioned above - that it probably scales more with frequency than with core count. Installing on my sig rig now so i'll verify that in a bit

[btw, isn't a 17" waayy to big for school? :s .... especially considering that the same specs could easily fit into a 15.6" form factor ... ]

I love how well the game runs on lower end hardware though - means a lot more people will be playing it (hopefully, even convert some casual gamers)
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