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Does the NP8130 or 8150 have Nvidia optimus or other GPU switching? Because that's still important.
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Turns out they don't. It doesn't have to be optimus, could be manual switching as long as it's hassle free and key bind-able
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Any reason why you have to go Sandy Bridge? There are plenty of last-gen laptops that will outperform those at a lower pricepoint.
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I'd prefer Sandy Bridge but it's not absolutely required. Though it seems like the i7 quad cores of the last generation go for higher prices than some of these laptops. But I gladly welcome recommendations even if they don't exactly fit the criteria. Thanks
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Originally Posted by MegaTherion View Post
I'm not sure how accurate notebookcheck is but isn't the 330m weaker than the 540m? The NP5160 would be better for me at that rate. And the Samsung doesn't seem to have GPU switching, which is still essential for me.
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I'm not sure how accurate notebookcheck is but isn't the 330m weaker than the 540m? The NP5160 would be better for me at that rate. And the Samsung doesn't seem to have GPU switching, which is still essential for me.
Goodluck finding optimus in anything much better than a 540m.

Either give up your idea of optimus being essential, or get the 5160 and deal with lower graphics and fps.
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Is Optimus the only GPU-switching solution? I thought it was just lauded for being automatic
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post #19 of 23
I would do some research on Optimus issues before you make it a necessity.

Some games have issues detecting the dedicated GPU properly (even though it's clearly using it). In those instances, you don't get all the options associated with your graphics card because the Intel HD Graphics is what the game detects. There are other issues as well, but that was a major one that I experienced first hand.

As for the GT 330M, it's almost as powerful as an 5650 mobility, which is plenty good for most games.

If you really want a decent gaming laptop, for a good price, the one in my sig rocks. It's $100 over your budget though, but has killer performance. Newegg is sold out of them ATM. It's big, bulky, heavy, not very portable. Basically everything you would expect in a gaming laptop

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-204-_-Product
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