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So I've been looking to buy a new laptop for college and light gaming (Minecraft, LoL, etc. ) nothing to extraordinary as I have a desktop for that and I came down to two: the Lenovo Ideapad U310 and U410.

The only real difference being the GPU, Intel HD4000 or GT610M

Now I'd have thought the GT610M would have been much better then the HD4000 but benchmarks and real world results seem to be proving me wrong but one thing that struck me is how much will drivers make and effect to their performance? I've heard some pretty terrible things about Intel graphics drivers and with the GT610M being designed for graphics surely it would be better?

I'm just wondering really which one would be better? Save the money and buy the U310 with HD4000 or go a bit extra for the U410 and a GT610M?


Thanks in advance for any help! smile.gif
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If you are not going to be doing much on it why not get an AMD APU? I would say it would work pretty well for what you ask of it.
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I would but I can't seem to find them in anything I like the look of or even find them for that matter, I'm a sucker for good looks and the Ideapad's have that Macbook whiff about them frown.gif I'm still looking though so I may find something
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Where are you located?
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England, I'd love to be in the USA for places like Microcentre frown.gif
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Originally Posted by GeoWillWalls View Post

England, I'd love to be in the USA for places like Microcentre frown.gif

Yeah... I wish I had a MC within 100m also. frown.gif

Anyway I'm really surprised that you can't find one in England. Here in the US you can find them everywhere you look.

Edit: If you really had to go with one of the laptops in the OP I would say save your money. Intel graphics are absolutely atrocious(Last time I used the was about 6 months ago) and the 610 is so weak that I bet it struggles to keep the monitor on. tongue.gif
Edited by nbmjhk6 - 3/28/13 at 1:08am
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post #7 of 9
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Hmm I might just have a look then, who sells them so I know where to look?

Also I should mention I can get either of those laptops for £300, £400 of their retail price so for that much I think it might be worth it biggrin.gif
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How soon do you need it? Haswell is supposed to be coming out with some decent GPU improvements, as well as power consumption reductions. HD4000 is better than the 610 in just about every scenario. If you could find one with a 630m (or higher) for a similar price that would be your best bet but it's a bit unlikely and I'd stick with the built in intel any ways.
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Well I won't be getting it for a while anyway but I had a look at the reports on haswell and I might just but ivy bridge when it comes out as the price will be dropped by loads, I have tried looking for a 630M but the problem being that I need it to be light and thin frown.gif
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