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FWIW I have a 970m and literally everything I've thrown at it gets 60fps on ultra with 16x MSAA except the witcher 3, which still gets a playable 30-40fps. The 970m can be overclocked by 135mhz and the ram can be OCed by 405mhz and it run stable for a 15% avg boost in FPS and practically no change in temps. Depends on the laptops cooling system obviously but the highest I've ever gotten it to go was like 79c overclocked, which is well within range. I also have a 5700hq, it's probably more power then you need and at 100% load it does get pretty warm. Even BF4 doesn't end up using more then 30-40% load.

I know the 970m is a good card. I am trying to look down the road a few years and to see if the 980m will make a huge difference say on year 4 of the laptops life...
Looking at the Skylake 6700HQ which will run even cooler and a rebranded Clevo unit which it probably one of the best for cooling..

Just torn between getting an extended warranty with one of the sellers as the 3 year is $150 to $200 and pushes the total cost with the 980m to $1800.. Unless I go 970m and bring it down to a more reasonable (in my mind atleast) $1600 haha... crying over $200 for a piece of mind and best mobile gpu on the market I know.. I am crazy..
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Just go for the 980M and stop thinking about it. If you have the money for the best, get the best and don't look back. A 980M at 1080p is so potent, there are only a handful of games that you can't handle fully maxed out.
     
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Just go for the 980M and stop thinking about it. If you have the money for the best, get the best and don't look back. A 980M at 1080p is so potent, there are only a handful of games that you can't handle fully maxed out.

Yes, 980m it is... onto the debate of the 3 year extended warranty! ahaha
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Yes, 980m it is... onto the debate of the 3 year extended warranty! ahaha

No idea on Sager's quality (have hear only good things though), but my buddy got good use out of his 3 year from Xotic on an ASUS Gxx. Bad motherboard and a crappy display connection that kept coming loose. IMHO, extended warranties are kinda a waste...
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I know the 970m is a good card. I am trying to look down the road a few years and to see if the 980m will make a huge difference say on year 4 of the laptops life...
Looking at the Skylake 6700HQ which will run even cooler and a rebranded Clevo unit which it probably one of the best for cooling..

Just torn between getting an extended warranty with one of the sellers as the 3 year is $150 to $200 and pushes the total cost with the 980m to $1800.. Unless I go 970m and bring it down to a more reasonable (in my mind atleast) $1600 haha... crying over $200 for a piece of mind and best mobile gpu on the market I know.. I am crazy..

I'd say it won't. I haven't done a ton of looking around but a 980m laptop vs a 970m is gonna be anywhere between a $500 and $1000 increase in price for like an 18% increase in performance. Using the witcher as a benchmark (considering it's one of the few games that can bring a high end card to its knees) you'll get 47.5 fps on high vs 60 on high with a 980m. OC the 970m and from first hand experience you can get about 57fps average on high. If you really want a big increase in performance get a 970m SLI or even a 960m SLI. It will cost about the same but give an almost 60% increase in performance.

Personally i'd stick with MSI simply because they ship their nvidia cards with an unlocked bios, nvidia's standard issue 900 series bios is locked. It would be a shame to not be able to overclock it considering the cards have a lot of thermal headroom to do so.
Edited by yepimonfire - 9/29/15 at 2:09pm
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.13849.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.13849.0.html

Note the difference between the 970m and 970m SLI and the difference between all that and the 980m. I wouldn't even worry about the CPU. A 5700HQ is way overkill for even the 980m. If the cooling is decent enough it can be overclocked to 3.7ghz, but it's entirely unnecessary. I managed to complete an entire protein folding operation using folding@home in like 15 minutes with standard turbo boost lol. Any i7 with a high clock speed will heat up.
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I know the 970m is a good card. I am trying to look down the road a few years and to see if the 980m will make a huge difference say on year 4 of the laptops life...

Longevity is why I chose the 980m.

I'm optimistic on the longevity of the 980m to at least hang with the console's graphics at 1080p for most/all of however long this generation lasts. I've started using DSR a lot with mine. The 980m isn't a 4k card, but it's been benched at 4k for a few games. The 980m has some power in reserve at 1080p.
Edited by thegreatsquare - 9/30/15 at 2:34am
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post #18 of 21
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I ended up going with the 980m!

Fingers crossed it last me long after the warranty is up haha! (2 year warranty)
post #19 of 21
It will make for a good investment for some time to come, keep in mind all the older titles you can now mod to hell and back for some renewed fun.

Heck, I am replaying ME2 with 4096 textures for the character models and downsampled from 1080 with unlocked FPS. Good times biggrin.gif

You should be capable of much more with a 980m compared to my older 6970m
    
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Good choice, I got the 970m which was "good enough" but picked up the alienware graphics amp with a real 970 due to keyboard heat. If I could go back, it would be a Sager with 980m and done.
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