Deciding between two laptops, could use some help. 14 replies

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Sgt-Sniper

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#1 9 years ago

Yes laptops so i dont expect people to go PC because ive had it quite alot, anyways xD Here it is, there are two features im looking at more particulaly, the spec on one of the laptops is, The items i am looking at are the RAM, and graphics memory. 1st Laptop 4GB DDR SDRAM NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GS

  • DirectX® 10 graphics with 512MB GDDR2 graphic memory, Hybrid SLI® with HybridPowerTM support and digital HDMI audio/video output

Second Laptop

  • Nvidia Ge Force 9600M GS with 256 DDR3 MB
  • 3GB DDR2 Ram

Now am i right in thinking the the second laptop with lower spec would out perform the first? the DDR2 just feels like it will easily top the DDR SD ram of the first, As for the graphics cards memory, im not to sure in the area of ddr3 and gddr2. All help appreciated :) Cheers SGT




kow_ciller

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#2 9 years ago

Are you going to do gaming on this laptop?




Junk angel

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#3 9 years ago

I'd say the second one is stronger. ddr3 as opposed to a larger ddr2 and ddr2 ram as opposed to ddr




Bs|Archaon

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#4 9 years ago
Junk angel;4803331and ddr2 ram as opposed to ddr

I very much doubt that a 9600-era laptop has DDR RAM, most likely it's an error in the specs. That said, the GDDR3 used on the second graphics card is faster...but then I can't see that making a huge amount of difference given that the 9600M GS isn't that powerful.

Also depends what OS it comes with, since if it comes with a 32-bit OS then there's no point having the 4GB machine over the 3GB machine because he's only gonna get something daft like 200MB out of the extra 1GB? If it's got a 64-bit OS I'd go for the 4GB machine just because I'm a RAM whore, if not I'd go for the second 3GB machine.




Sgt-Sniper

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#5 9 years ago

Agreed, the spec on the first laptop is quite nice, and the higher gddr2 is quite nice with 512 mb as for the laptop, wouldn't vista shift the inactive 32bit os ram to the graphics card, ive noticed vista shifts ram to graphics quite frequently. Also doesnt the number ddr# relate to the total speed of the actual ram? Looks like there is a typo in there technical spec Its DDR2 4GB Ram for the first 64bit os too but would the ddr2 ram be worth it over 3? and ddr over gddr? for the graphics card Also would you choose memory over speed?




*The.Doctor

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#6 9 years ago
Sgt-Sniper Its DDR2 4GB Ram for the first 64bit os too

Go for the first one then.

As for the 256 GDDR3 or 512MB GDDR2 graphics card, assuming clock speeds are similar, i would go with the 512MB one. Newer games need that extra VRAM once you start cranking up the detail.




Sgt-Sniper

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#7 9 years ago

Cheers Doc Cheers everyone =) Sgt




kow_ciller

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#8 9 years ago

The thing with the slower memory is that the 512mb DDR2 will be quite a bit slower than 256mb DDR3. The difference between the two can be night and day depending on the game




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#9 9 years ago

Yeah definately, well im pretty sure memory has to be high, for example i want to run call of duty 5, to a nice degree of detail (rather then low res blotchyness), i just cant run it to any decent standard so far. Also im away that vista shifts ram to graphics right? i think there has to be a certain something about the graphics card though (Turbocache i think). I also do alot of photoshop development and edition, so RAM and CPU are quite handy, and for now 4GB sounds nice and the cpu is 4.0 duo core because i dont need anything quite crazy, 2mb l2 cache, 800mhz fsb. To be honest my current laptop does photoshop editing quite well, even if it is old. Nvidia 7600 Go (128mb ded mem) 1 GB Ram, DDR2 works nice i guess 3.66 duo core no idea on fsb speeds and such though lol.




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#10 9 years ago

cod5 on a laptop? good luck on that one. I have quite a few friends who have COD5 on their laptops who are going to buy a desktop because 15fps on low detail isn't the greatest thing to game on.




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