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i5 and gtx660m vs i7 and gt650m?

by edrushworth123 / February 9, 2013 1:58 AM PST

Hey guys,

Quick question - I'm looking at buying a new laptop and I've basically narrowed it down to two products; give or take a few £ either side and they are the same price.

My question is this:

One of the products uses a i5 3210m but has a GTX660m 2GB GDDR5 graphics card, whilst the other uses an i7 Q3630 and a GT650m 2GB GDDR3 (note gdd5 for the 1st and gddr3 for the 2nd card).

As far as gaming performance is concerned, is the better graphics card worth the fall in power of processor? Thanks very much in advance.


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Nice choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2013 2:11 AM PST

For games, the GPU still wins. And I'm sure you've read this.

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. ",3106-4.html


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by edrushworth123 / February 9, 2013 3:27 AM PST
In reply to: Nice choice.

Thanks very much; cnet users incredibly helpful as always.

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