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June 29, 2013 2:14:11 AM

I'm about to buy a new budget laptop and I'm torn between the two:

#Asus K55D ~$400
AMD A8-4500m
4GB DDR3
500GB HDD
Radeon 7640G+7470m Dual Graphics


#Dell Inspiron 5520 ~$450
Intel Core i3 3110m
4GB DDR3
320GB HDD
Intel HD Graphics 4000

Basically I'll be using this laptop as my media center (movies,music,pdf) with some light gaming while I'm travelling.

My dad says that I should pay the extra and get the Dell even thought the specs are a bit lower because he thinks Dell is better.(been around longer)

Any suggestions would be appreciated and how does crossfire work on weak gpus? I heard I might run into microstuttering more often.

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June 29, 2013 3:12:56 AM

I say go for the AMD laptop. The intel one will perform about the same when you're not using crossfire, but RadeonPro will work with the APU. That will allow you to do all sorts of performance-enhancing tweaks that you aren't able to do on the intel laptop.
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June 29, 2013 3:37:04 AM

MajinCry said:
I say go for the AMD laptop. The intel one will perform about the same when you're not using crossfire, but RadeonPro will work with the APU. That will allow you to do all sorts of performance-enhancing tweaks that you aren't able to do on the intel laptop.


But I'm afraid I might run into the issues you typically get when running crossfire.
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June 29, 2013 4:46:36 AM

Hybrid Crossfire almost never works and the a8 only has 2/3 the shaders of the a10 model. If the amd laptop is using a single DIMM then as it is the intel igp will perform better (suggest you buy another stick to make sure the RAM is in dual channel mode). That said the a8 will have a slight edge in gaming.
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June 29, 2013 5:58:39 AM

Build a desktop gaming PC, if having a laptop is not absolutely required then please you should build a gaming PC as for 450$ you can build a beast gaming rig when compared to both the laptops here.
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June 29, 2013 8:56:02 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Build a desktop gaming PC, if having a laptop is not absolutely required then please you should build a gaming PC as for 450$ you can build a beast gaming rig when compared to both the laptops here.


I already have a gaming PC with a 4670K and a GTX 670.
As I mentioned in my post, I need a laptop because I travel and I would like to play games while away from home.

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June 29, 2013 8:56:27 AM

whyso said:
Hybrid Crossfire almost never works and the a8 only has 2/3 the shaders of the a10 model. If the amd laptop is using a single DIMM then as it is the intel igp will perform better (suggest you buy another stick to make sure the RAM is in dual channel mode). That said the a8 will have a slight edge in gaming.



So I should grab the AMD and add an extra stick?
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June 29, 2013 9:42:23 AM

philipemad said:
whyso said:
Hybrid Crossfire almost never works and the a8 only has 2/3 the shaders of the a10 model. If the amd laptop is using a single DIMM then as it is the intel igp will perform better (suggest you buy another stick to make sure the RAM is in dual channel mode). That said the a8 will have a slight edge in gaming.



So I should grab the AMD and add an extra stick?


Definitely..
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June 29, 2013 1:04:28 PM

philipemad said:
whyso said:
Hybrid Crossfire almost never works and the a8 only has 2/3 the shaders of the a10 model. If the amd laptop is using a single DIMM then as it is the intel igp will perform better (suggest you buy another stick to make sure the RAM is in dual channel mode). That said the a8 will have a slight edge in gaming.



So I should grab the AMD and add an extra stick?


As stated by whyso, you should add in another 4GB stick of RAM that is of the same speed (probably 1600MHz RAM) as the one that comes with the laptop. You want dual channel mode because in single channel mode you will take a performance hit. I forgot the exact figure, but let's just say a 20% performance it.



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