Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Laptops and Netbooks › Is the 540m enough or should I upgrade to a 460m?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is the 540m enough or should I upgrade to a 460m?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Is the 540m enough for my gaming needs or should I upgrade to a 460m (for $250 more)?

Resolution: 1080p
Games: Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, Black Ops, Bad Company 2

I'm thinking of getting the Batallion from iBuyPower. Its a bit more expensive than the Sager for the same specs but it looks a lot better (from its pictures, anyway).
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 18
its extreamly difficult if not impossible too upgrade a laptop GPU =/ Unless you havent bought it.. but personally i dont think its worth the upgrade do you have a desktop also? if so id just save the money for the desktop
RAWR
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA X58 SLI XFX 5850 Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 2 60gb Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850 TX Corsair 800D Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
RAWR
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA X58 SLI XFX 5850 Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex 2 60gb Windows 7 Professional Asus VW266H Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850 TX Corsair 800D Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 18
how can you upgrade from a cpu to a gpu?

If you bought a laptop with the 540m cpu and the 460m gpu, it will play anything you want it to.
post #4 of 18
You're probably refering to the Sager NP5160. The GT 540m would lag terribly at the 1080 resolution with the games you mentioned. Going with the 460m would be much better at higer resolution. Defiinetly worth the extra money.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
how can you upgrade from a cpu to a gpu?

If you bought a laptop with the 540m cpu and the 460m gpu, it will play anything you want it to.
The GT 540m and GTX 460m are both mobile GPUs.

I haven't bought the laptop yet. I mean upgrading in configurations on reseller websites.

I'm also deciding between buying from iBuyPower and XoticPC. Can anyone comment on that? Does the Battalion look better?
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 18
If resolution and DX11 is not a big issue for you, there's a great deal on an MSI GT660-003US, i7 740QM, GTX 285. $850 after rebate at newegg. Hard to find a better deal out there unless those limitations are deal breakers. The GTX 285M is closer in performance to the GTX 460M than the 540M.

EDIT: Sorry missed the 1080p requirement As uncivilised mentioned below me, you're going to want a pretty high end GPU for 1080p gaming.
Edited by MegaTherion - 1/30/11 at 11:07am
EQ Overkill :p
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA X58 SLI LE PNY GTX 470 4GB Mushkin Ridgeback 996826 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD1500HLFS System ST3250410AS Storage Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung P2250 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
HP KU-0316 Corsair TX750W Cooler Master HAF 932 Microsoft Optical 3-Button 
Mouse Pad
None! 
  hide details  
Reply
EQ Overkill :p
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA X58 SLI LE PNY GTX 470 4GB Mushkin Ridgeback 996826 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD1500HLFS System ST3250410AS Storage Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung P2250 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
HP KU-0316 Corsair TX750W Cooler Master HAF 932 Microsoft Optical 3-Button 
Mouse Pad
None! 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 18
540m wont be good for 1080p gaming. The only mobile graphics card that will do it fluently is the 6970m or the gtx 485m (although the xfire/sli setups shud do as well e.g 5870m xfire). Go to xoticpc and look at the sager ones, the NP8690 comes stock with an i5 and gtx 460m for around 1.2k US. That setup should play any game out today. If u need any benches ask me because i have the gx640 which is a gaming laptop and is a rough indication of the performance you get.
Main Rigg
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 4GHz Foxconn Bloodrage GTI [Temporary] Asus 9600gt 3x2GB G-Skill Pi Silver DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500GB AAKS Asus 24x DVD Drive Windows 7 Ultimate x64 BenQ G2220HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Reclusa Thermaltake Evo Blue 750w A cardboard box  Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
Steelseries Qck Mini Diablo III Edition Senheisser HD518  
  hide details  
Reply
Main Rigg
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 4GHz Foxconn Bloodrage GTI [Temporary] Asus 9600gt 3x2GB G-Skill Pi Silver DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue 500GB AAKS Asus 24x DVD Drive Windows 7 Ultimate x64 BenQ G2220HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Reclusa Thermaltake Evo Blue 750w A cardboard box  Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
Steelseries Qck Mini Diablo III Edition Senheisser HD518  
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 18
Stay away from iBuyPower. The name alone should tell you who their audience is (uniformed consumers). They have a bad reputation.

Second, the 540m is not that great of a GPU. The 460m is much better.

And why does no one read the damn stickies in section before they post?
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
  hide details  
Reply
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 18
if you have the extra cash the 460m is alot better
Silent Dominator
(28 items)
 
Classy Lady
(26 items)
 
TUF Inside
(18 items)
 
  hide details  
Reply
Silent Dominator
(28 items)
 
Classy Lady
(26 items)
 
TUF Inside
(18 items)
 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
Stay away from iBuyPower. The name alone should tell you who their audience is (uniformed consumers). They have a bad reputation.

Second, the 540m is not that great of a GPU. The 460m is much better.

And why does no one read the damn stickies in section before they post?
I already read up on NotebookCheck. Have you? They don't test the 540m in 1920x1080p at all.
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
EMP
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 860 Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 HIS Radeon HD 6970 Corsair 12GB DDR3 (2 x 4 GB 1333, 2 x 2 GB1600) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility III Caviar Black LG DVD-R Drive Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec 900 Two Logitech MX 400 Steelserise QCK Mini Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 
Audio
Corsair HS1 USB 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Laptops and Netbooks
Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Laptops and Netbooks › Is the 540m enough or should I upgrade to a 460m?