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Cant find any benchmarks, but is the 540m decent for gaming on the go? Obviously it wont max out games I can get this for $950.

sandy bridge 2720QM
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8gb of ram
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Think its worth $450 more to get a gtx460m and matte screen plus option to switch out the graphics card? How many watts is the 6970m estimated to put out ?
    
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.41715.0.html
gt540m review^
Also u can check 6970 and 460 benchs on the right...
Edited by MoBeeJ - 3/11/11 at 9:42am
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seems like a desktop 9600gt, which isnt too shabby in a laptop.
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seems like a desktop 9600gt, which isnt too shabby in a laptop.
Yea, just about to say... 9600 GT/GSO in performance.
     
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Cant find any benchmarks, but is the 540m decent for gaming on the go? Obviously it wont max out games I can get this for $950.

sandy bridge 2720QM
1080p screen
540m
8gb of ram
500gb 7200rpm hd

Think its worth $450 more to get a gtx460m and matte screen plus option to switch out the graphics card? How many watts is the 6970m estimated to put out ?
You're obviously looking at sager/clevo laptops. Unless you are doing crazy cpu intensive stuff save the $100+ and get the 2630qm. The 2720qm is a good upgrade in terms of price/performance but its stupid to pair it with a 540m and mildly dumb for a 460m, as they will still bottle neck the games, and not your cpu.

also 8 gigs of ram is also overkill for gaming if thats your intended purpose.

And the 6970 WONT work in a np5160 or np8130, only the 8150 and 8170.

540m=low res+low graphics but the best sager for mobility
460m=high res+high graphics but confined to a short battery life
6970/485= 1920x1080+ultra graphics and essentially chained to the wall

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Compute...s.13849.0.html

I would get 4 gigs of ram, 2630qm, and the 460m with the matte screen. Then either keep the money or put an ssd in it.
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You're obviously looking at sager/clevo laptops. Unless you are doing crazy cpu intensive stuff save the $100+ and get the 2630qm. The 2720qm is a good upgrade in terms of price/performance but its stupid to pair it with a 540m and mildly dumb for a 460m, as they will still bottle neck the games, and not your cpu.

also 8 gigs of ram is also overkill for gaming if thats your intended purpose.

And the 6970 WONT work in a np5160 or np8130, only the 8150 and 8170.

540m=low res+low graphics but the best sager for mobility
460m=high res+high graphics but confined to a short battery life
6970/485= 1920x1080+ultra graphics and essentially chained to the wall

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Compute...s.13849.0.html

I would get 4 gigs of ram, 2630qm, and the 460m with the matte screen. Then either keep the money or put an ssd in it.
The 540m sounds pretty good actually. The mobility with ability to game at low/medium settings should be perfect.

P.S. - Was only going to get 8gb of ram because I can get it for $20 more than 4gb
    
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20 bucks or not, your saving money, go buy yourself a pizza and game with that extra 20 bucks mate
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The 540m sounds pretty good actually. The mobility with ability to game at low/medium settings should be perfect.

P.S. - Was only going to get 8gb of ram because I can get it for $20 more than 4gb
Protip: when you buy from a seller that builds your laptop to order, you can make special requests.. Such as a discount for having no ram installed. As the resellers just sell you ram for like retail+5%, you can get ram off newegg or wherever for at least 20% off retail.

Or you can just be lazy and just tell them you're on the edge of buying the laptop but would like to know if they would throw in the upgrade for free if you bought it.

Trust me, most of the resellers will allow either price haggling or a special ordered laptop (no ram)


Oh and btw I hope you read the LOW RES part of my post, as you can see in the benchmarks they did if you mouse over 'low'. So dont expect low graphics+1920x1080 to have the same fps as listed...
Edited by s-x - 3/12/11 at 9:14pm
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Protip: when you buy from a seller that builds your laptop to order, you can make special requests.. Such as a discount for having no ram installed. As the resellers just sell you ram for like retail+5%, you can get ram off newegg or wherever for at least 20% off retail.

Or you can just be lazy and just tell them you're on the edge of buying the laptop but would like to know if they would throw in the upgrade for free if you bought it.

Trust me, most of the resellers will allow either price haggling or a special ordered laptop (no ram)


Oh and btw I hope you read the LOW RES part of my post, as you can see in the benchmarks they did if you mouse over 'low'. So dont expect low graphics+1920x1080 to have the same fps as listed...
What resolution did they do the benchmarks in I cant seem to find that listed. If its really that low I may need to upgrade.
    
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low- 800x600 (all low/off) 0xAA 0xAF
medium- 1024x768 (medium) 0xAA 0xAF
high- 1360x768 (high) 2xAA 4xAF
ultra- 1920x1080 (ultra) 4xAA bilinear

After writing those out, I just realized that the AA and AF fluctuate from game to game.. so take that with a grain of salt, but the resolutions are as stated.

Get the 460m, otherwise you'll have terrible fps or have to play in windowed mode.
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