Gaming Laptops: AMD vs Intel? 8 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

Up until now I have solely been looking at Intel's Core 2 Duo. I am interested in not a top of the line mobile PC but something that can at least play most games on relatively high graphics settings, not necessarily full ('cause that would be top of the line :p).

From what I have researched so far it looks like, at least between the 65nm chipsets, AMD and Intel are very closely tied. Some differences are the FSB and L2 cache.

Seems to me, as long as I can find a good dedicated card, I should be fine with AMD. But I don't know much about ATI. The last ATI card I got was for my old computer, about 3 or 4 years ago. I have an Nvidia card in my new computer.

Things are a lot more picky when it comes to Notebooks though....if I want gaming peformance (decent, I'm not talking graphics powerhouse here), which would you choose: Intel(Nvidia) or AMD(ATI/Nvidia)?

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Aliblista(UK)

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#2 10 years ago

From what ive read, atm Intel is leading the mobile processor market with its Core 2 Duo series which are outperforming equivalent AMD (correct me if wrong)

Im really not sure about ATi versus Nvidia in the mobile vid card field, but from my experience dedicated Nvidias are not only more common but tend to come in better spec for less cash and out perform ati. However nvidia is famous for not supporting their mobile cards with drivers meaning you have to rely on oem drivers or third parties (community) like laptopvideo2go.com. Well as ATi by contrast provide a little more support.

The most important factor when choosing a laptop for gaming is to stay away from shared memory graphics cards (stay away from turbocache etc) and make sure the card has its own dedicated vram, preferably 256mb and over.

Of course this all depends on what type of games you want to run. You can see my laptop specs below, and it runs bf2 on high and spore on med/high easily (although ive yet to try spore on all high)




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#3 10 years ago

Aliblista(UK);4567504From what ive read, atm Intel is leading the mobile processor market with its Core 2 Duo series which are outperforming equivalent AMD (correct me if wrong)

Im really not sure about ATi versus Nvidia in the mobile vid card field, but from my experience dedicated Nvidias are not only more common but tend to come in better spec for less cash and out perform ati. However nvidia is famous for not supporting their mobile cards with drivers meaning you have to rely on oem drivers or third parties (community) like laptopvideo2go.com. Well as ATi by contrast provide a little more support.

The most important factor when choosing a laptop for gaming is to stay away from shared memory graphics cards (stay away from turbocache etc) and make sure the card has its own dedicated vram, preferably 256mb and over.

Of course this all depends on what type of games you want to run. You can see my laptop specs below, and it runs bf2 on high and spore on med/high easily (although ive yet to try spore on all high)

Dang, some of those things I didn't even know were crucial to gaming! Very informative, thanks!

I'm thinking mainly of FPS/RTS/maybe some flight sims if I can find any good ones. And the VERY occasional 3D/video editing.

Since ATI has better support, do they make Intel Core 2 Duos with ATI cards?

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#4 10 years ago

Yes, a lot of Intel laptops have ATi cards. Just because AMD owns them doesn't mean they don't work with Intel, as that would be suicide for the brand. You can get a Dell Studio laptop with a HD3650 for fairly decent money, which isn't a bad card, comes in just above the 9600M GS.




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#5 10 years ago

what kind of budget do you have because this will of course effect your options.

Im assuming you dont quite have the 'alienware' budget, but its my understanding that gateway makes a very competent gaming laptop for around £800. Toshiba also do some decent laptops with fairly high spec vid cards




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Aliblista(UK);4571110what kind of budget do you have because this will of course effect your options.

Im assuming you dont quite have the 'alienware' budget, but its my understanding that gateway makes a very competent gaming laptop for around £800. Toshiba also do some decent laptops with fairly high spec vid cards

$1500 is my what I'm willing to pay. I don't really have a "budge" per se since I don't have that kind of money yet. I'll probably get a job and just save for it.

Speaking of Alienware, I saw on their website they have a laptop for $1299 and I think $1799.

I haven't researched Alienware at all really since I assumed I would probably get it from Dell or HP or at a store, but what do they run usually for a good system, upwards of 2k I would guess?




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#7 10 years ago

Intel's Core 2 series are the best in the market right now. If I were you I would go for the Intel-nVidia combo.maybe be you should take a look at HP laptops.Dunno whether they are good for gaming though but they sure have good specs.




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#8 10 years ago

I dont think it matters if you get a AMD dual core or a Intel dual core.

The deciding factor on a gaming laptop is what graphics you can get with it.

That said yes Intel does hold the performance lead in laptops as well.

I am a devout AMD fanboy but my last laptop was a Alienware that I got used and I loved it. Right up til when the graphics card (ATI 9600) died and I could not get a replacement. It was a P4 3GHz/1GB DDR400/160GB IDE HD/DVDROM/XPP




Aliblista(UK)

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#9 10 years ago
Anlushac11;4573013 I am a devout AMD fanboy but my last laptop was a Alienware that I got used and I loved it. Right up til when the graphics card (ATI 9600) died and I could not get a replacement. It was a P4 3GHz/1GB DDR400/160GB IDE HD/DVDROM/XPP

Wow a P4 bet that used to run HOT like my old dell.

Anywho alienware tends to be a bit of a rip off (although they are sexy) I agree with force recon in that you should aim for a Nvidia/Core 2 duo laptop with at least 2gb of ram. When it comes to the vid card aim for a 8 series e.g 8600gt 8800gt (mobile of course) stay away from gs models like 8600gs if possible.

Your best of looking around at the cheap but reputable manufacturers like HP, Toshiba, Gateway etc etc