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GPU choice on clevo P150EM nvidia 680m vs 675mx vs 670mx for gaming

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April 18, 2013 12:27:39 PM

Hi would like to get everyone's opinion on GPU choice for Clevo p150em.

Question:
"Would like to know if there are NOTICABLE differences btw the 680m vs 675mx if I play the games (BF3, SimCity, SCII) on ultra? If no difference, then how about 680m vs 670mx?"

Def not the 7970 options cause I had it on my m17xr4 and I got problems from day 1 so I ended up returning it. Anyways...

I am leaning towards 680m. Cause tests wise it is def faster, but I am worried that the MX version of 680 or the 700 series will come out or get popular sometime this year, then I would end up paying for something that is about to get replaced at a high price.

My other school of thought is that I am already spending 2K+ on this why save the money and not just get the best out there. But I will not get the best just because. If it has no significant improvements over the models then that would save me a few bucks for other things.


Price list

NVIDIA 670MX 3072MB GDDR5 DX11 Compliant Video Card

NVIDIA 675MX 4096MB GDDR5 DX11 Compliant Video Card +$93.50

NVIDIA 680M 4096MB GDDR5 DX11 Compliant Video Card +$379.50


Use:
80% Gaming (BF3, SCII, SimCity on ultra)
15% email, powerpoint, excel (light use, no 10,000 line workbooks or 30mb ppt files)
5% watching movies

Unit Spec:

Mobile Chassis
MYTHLOGIC Pollux 1612 Chassis (Clevo P150EM) with backlit keyboard
Mobile Display
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) Matte 95% NTSC Color Gamut LED Backlit LCD (Pollux)
CPU
Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz, 6M L3 Cache, 22nm, DDR3-1600MHz, Quad-Core

System Memory
16GB (2 x 8GB) , PC3-12800, 1600MHz SODIMM

Video Adapter
NVIDIA 680M 4096MB GDDR5 DX11 Compliant Video Card

Optical
Notebook Black 6X BD-ROM/5X DVD+RW Blu-Ray Combo Drive

Hard Drive 1
Samsung 256GB 840 PRO Series SATA III 6Gb/s Solid State Drive

Hard Drive 2
750GB 7200 16MB Cache SATA Notebook Hard Drive

Keyboard
Backlit Chiclet Keyboard - English Only

Network Card
Onboard Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem

Wireless Card
KILLER WirelessN 1202 - The best gaming, HD video and audio experience Winter Freebie

Bluetooth
Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 Only With Intel 2230/6235 AND Killer 1202 Wireless

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional
a b D Laptop
April 18, 2013 4:29:31 PM

The 680M will not easily be replaced, and you'll future proofed. Heck, even Crysis 3 can run on high to ultra settings with a 680M (although it may need slightly overclocked, but then it's incredibly efficient in this area as well). Everyone is asking the question: "Should I wait?"

There will ALWAYS be something right around the corner, and I can honestly say the 680M will run demanding games past, present, and future with flying colors for quite awhile.
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April 19, 2013 3:13:15 AM

Its a 300$ i would spend elsewhere.

Keep it and buy a new laptop sooner...

the midrange gpu in 2 generations will be better than the fastest high end gpu right now.

Except if they just rebrand again :( 

If you live with mom and dad and money isnt an issue... go with the big dog.
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April 19, 2013 10:19:29 AM

MegaBUD said:
Its a 300$ i would spend elsewhere.

Keep it and buy a new laptop sooner...

the midrange gpu in 2 generations will be better than the fastest high end gpu right now.

Except if they just rebrand again :( 

If you live with mom and dad and money isnt an issue... go with the big dog.


Well thanks for the advice. I consider myself a bargain hunter that have very high standards. At least I am like that on desktops. The usual question that I ask the computer store guys is not, what is the best XXX how much is it? Rather, What dropped the most in price recently? And how does this compare to the model that is one or two higher? Of course I will also look at the item I am buying to see if it fits my needs and that ppl have good comments on. I am definitely not the type that will buy the latest and greatest, because I think it is just a big waste of money. How about getting a 675mx and in two years will upgrade to 675ms SLI . Hmm.... might be a bit harder for laptops... I definitely do that for desktops. I've been building my own computer since I was 12 (the AT/XT days) and that is 20 years ago. I usually do big upgrades every two years. Some how for laptops I don't feel the confidence I have for desktops.

Anyways, maybe I will just flip a coin LOL...

PS I wish I lived with my parents.
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April 19, 2013 1:55:37 PM

The upgrade to the 675mx is good but the price to upgrade to the 680mx is quite high. 4GB vram is pointless.
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April 19, 2013 2:10:38 PM

Prostar Computer said:
The 680M will not easily be replaced, and you'll future proofed. Heck, even Crysis 3 can run on high to ultra settings with a 680M (although it may need slightly overclocked, but then it's incredibly efficient in this area as well). Everyone is asking the question: "Should I wait?"

There will ALWAYS be something right around the corner, and I can honestly say the 680M will run demanding games past, present, and future with flying colors for quite awhile.


whyso said:
The upgrade to the 675mx is good but the price to upgrade to the 680mx is quite high. 4GB vram is pointless.


Hi I am wondering what you mean by 4GB vram being pointless?
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April 19, 2013 3:18:32 PM

bjkill said:
Hi I am wondering what you mean by 4GB vram being pointless?


What matters more in gaming when it comes to the video card are things like clocks (shader clocks, core clock, memory clock), memory bandwidth, CUDA cores, OpenGL, etc. vRAM = video RAM (or random access memory). 4 GB is excessive for games. More vRAM is good if you're doing editing work that entails a lot of rendering and adding textures; you need more vRAM for that, but not as much for games. Generally, 1-2 GB of GDDR5 is sufficient even for high demanding games.
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