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Which is better for all out gaming,

A P8700 Core 2 Duo 2.53Ghz and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 260m.

Or i5 460 2.26Ghz and a GTS 360m?

What would get better fps and play at higer res? Thanks.
post #2 of 12
Assuming that the core i5 is a quad core, I would say the i5. I'm pretty sure that the i5's are clock for clock faster than the core 2 duo's, and with 2 extra cores, it will be more future proof for games, more and more games are starting to utilize more than 2 cores.
     
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the i5 is a dual core with HT but still is much better than the P8700
    
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http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=50179

that i5 is a dual core mobile processor.
    
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i5 with 360m I would say.
    
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post #6 of 12
i5.

Architecture improvements should make up for slightly slower clock speed. Plus GPU is stronger.
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post #7 of 12
Should go for i5 460m in this case.
post #8 of 12
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So, the i5 should make up for the GTS 360m performance loss against the GTX 260m? I know the 260m is faster, but maybe not by much, and the i5 should make up the performance difference. Is that right?
post #9 of 12
Really, this is about how much AA and other GPU intensive loads you'll be using in game.

In gaming the CPU should not make up a performance loss of a GPU especially since the i5 in that unit is not sandy bridge and therefore has only a minor improvement over the core2duo series for gaming.

Essentially, I don't see the point in the i5 unless you truly aren't going all out on graphics and have other CPU intensive things that you do besides gaming. Generally, at a higher the resolution the one with the larger and faster VRAM combined with the higher stream processor count and speed will be the winner. In this case I'm siding with the GTX260m but this is really a tough one.

What are the prices we're talking about?
     
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The Asus G72 with the core 2 duo is a refurb from newegg for $729 and the other is also an Asus, the G60jx has the i5 at Tigerdirect for $800, also a refurb. $800 is my max. I'm broke all year long except for tax return time, so basically I've got one shot to get the most gaming for my money. I would love to build a desktop, but I'm never home so when I'm holed up in motels I want to game. Also, does anybody anything about the Sager NP6150 on powernotebook.com for $800, it has the new i7 and a GT 540m?
Edited by GuilT1 - 1/20/11 at 5:48pm
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