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October 28, 2013 3:53:39 AM

I am frequent gamer.

I usually run the games on medium settings and 1336*768 resolution.

I want to ask that if a Core i7 4500U would under perform (GIVE LOW FPS) if compared to another i7 CPU with quad core (like 4700mq or 3630) provided that the laptop has nVidia 750m .
Other specs include 8GB RAM, Windows 8 and 1 TB HDD.

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October 28, 2013 4:00:18 AM

yes it will make a difference, it will vary from game to game, but there will generally always be a difference.
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October 28, 2013 4:06:10 AM

DrakeWill said:
I am frequent gamer.

I usually run the games on medium settings and 1336*768 resolution.

I want to ask that if a Core i7 4500U would under perform (GIVE LOW FPS) if compared to another i7 CPU with quad core (like 4700mq or 3630) provided that the laptop has nVidia 750m .
Other specs include 8GB RAM, Windows 8 and 1 TB HDD.


i7 4500'U' is under volted as its U series while 4700mq & 3630 are faster than.

and yes processor does matters a lot when gaming but not as like a GPU, while during designing processor is more important than GPU

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a c 490 à CPUs
October 28, 2013 4:08:30 AM

The i7 4500U is considerably weaker than the 4700mq or 3630, but it's still a strong cpu. Plenty for your needs.

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a c 490 à CPUs
October 28, 2013 4:09:18 AM

I say 75% gpu to 25% cpu for gaming
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October 28, 2013 4:14:18 AM

if you are going to buy that laptop than i suggest avoid all 'U' series processors.
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a c 479 à CPUs
October 28, 2013 10:16:22 AM

A dual core CPU will only under perform a quad core CPU in games that can take advantage of quad cores. The more dependent a game capable of using more than two cores, the more the performance difference will be compared to a dual core CPU.

Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Crysis 3 are all games that can make use of more than 2 cores. However, the performance difference is not the same for all three games. Those games are listed on order of CPU dependencies.

Far Cry 3 is the least dependent on the CPU so the difference between 2 cores and 4 cores will not be very great especially when not playing with high graphic settings.

Hitman: Absolution has higher CPU dependencies so the difference between a dual core and quad core CPU is even greater. However, with medium graphic settings the difference should not be very bad.

Crysis 3 is the most CPU dependent game of the three and probably the most CPU intensive game for a 1st person shooter. On medium settings with a desktop Core i3-3320 @ 3.3GHz vs a desktop Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz, the performance difference between those two CPUs is about 60%. Crysis 3 is an exception, not the rule. But if Crysis 3 is higher on your list of games you want to play, then you are better off going for the Core i7-4700mq.
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October 29, 2013 4:02:02 AM

jaguarskx said:
A dual core CPU will only under perform a quad core CPU in games that can take advantage of quad cores. The more dependent a game capable of using more than two cores, the more the performance difference will be compared to a dual core CPU.

Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Crysis 3 are all games that can make use of more than 2 cores. However, the performance difference is not the same for all three games. Those games are listed on order of CPU dependencies.

Far Cry 3 is the least dependent on the CPU so the difference between 2 cores and 4 cores will not be very great especially when not playing with high graphic settings.

Hitman: Absolution has higher CPU dependencies so the difference between a dual core and quad core CPU is even greater. However, with medium graphic settings the difference should not be very bad.

Crysis 3 is the most CPU dependent game of the three and probably the most CPU intensive game for a 1st person shooter. On medium settings with a desktop Core i3-3320 @ 3.3GHz vs a desktop Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz, the performance difference between those two CPUs is about 60%. Crysis 3 is an exception, not the rule. But if Crysis 3 is higher on your list of games you want to play, then you are better off going for the Core i7-4700mq.


Okay. Thanks for an informative reply.

I want to ask you that should I choose i7 4500U + Amd radeon 8850m or i7 4700mq + Nvidia 740m.
I'll be gaming on medium settings and not full hd resolution.
Main games include Crysis 2 , MW 3, CS:GO and maybe BF3.
So, will I get ~45 fps with i7 4700mq + 740m ?
Please reply.


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October 30, 2013 9:22:46 AM

Generally speaking, you want the laptop with the more powerful graphics core for playing games, therefore the i7-4500U + Radeon HD 8850m should overall be the better gaming laptop. Click below for some GT 740m benchmarks. Each game will have various FPS results, click on the FPS number to find out about the laptop which go that specific benchmark.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-740M.899...

The Radeon HD 8850m is expected to be almost as fast as the GT 750m, but there are no benchmarks for it. Click the following link for GT 750m benchmarks.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-750M.902...
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