Originally Posted by DaveLT
Well ... it technically is faster, very close to the desktop sibling but there is just one problem. the i7-4950HQ is not going to be cheap. Good motivation but it is bad at the same time ... the i7-4770k which costs 100$ over a 8350 is only a tiny bit faster than a laptop chip
Thanks for dishing out that joke today. Laptops aren't going to turbo even to nearly 3GHz if that's what the previous laptops has indicated. Tiny cooling systems and such
Driver optimization would be funny in 2004 but no, Intel drivers are still hopeless even into their 3rd gen of GPUs that are integrated with CPUs. It's now the 4th gen? oh what would i expect. Keep this thread about AMD please.
What joke? Hardware cannucks (if i am not mistaken) showed that 8670D is roughly as powerful as a discreet 6670 DDR3 and, from that link,at least for metro LL, same goes for the GT3e (slightly faster than a 6570,hence 6670 ddr3 territory). GT3e was hyped to be very strong for beating 7660D in anandtech's review. To me it seems that they are roughly on par and i7-4950hq scores higher mainly thanks to the cpu part. You are raising an interesting issue- anand tested gt3e inside a desktop box, which is a much cooler environment than the inside of a laptop chassis. When GT3e mobile units hits the shelves (If we ever see a proper winows laptop with them,that is) it is possible that the cpu will be forced to work at around t base clocks and overall gaming performance will be lower than what anandtech measured. Provided that anand's sample was running at higher than stock frequency by being inside a desktop box, that is. As for drivers, I agree,intel HD has had horrible ones but I'd expect them to properly support their stuff this time round,would be ridiculous to dish out such an expensive solution (GT3e) and leave it unsupported.