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Samsung core i3 with nvidia geforce 620m vs samsung core i5 with nvidia geforce 520m

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November 25, 2013 2:02:25 PM

Hi. I bought my son a samsung i3 laptop with a nvidia geforce 620m dedicated graphics card. Unfortunately there was a power problem that Samsung have been unable to fix so we have been offered an i5 laptop with a nvidia geforce 520 m card. At first I thought that sounded great but having done some research I'm concerned that his old laptop with the better graphics card would be better for online gaming than the new replacement in spite of the better i5 processor. He absolutely loves minecraft and any lagging or glitching drives him nuts. Am I right to be concerned about the more basic graphics card on the replacement laptop or will the better processor make up for this difference? I realise that neither laptop is ideal for gaming but the first was the best I could get for my money and he was happy with it. Is the offered replacement worth having or should I insist on a better graphics card?
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November 25, 2013 2:35:32 PM

Neither card is suitable for anything more than entry level gaming at low settings, however, as you suspect, the 520m is going to be slightly worse off than the 620m. Whether this can be made up for by the improvement of the i5 over the i3 is unlikely, as neither CPU should be slow enough to be the weakest link in playing games. Those cards are both slow enough, they are the slowest piece in the chain, making them the bottleneck. What good use you can make of the extra potential from the i5 is up to you, since you likely won't see it in games. When gaming on a laptop, almost invariably the graphics are not replaceable, therefore you have to get the best graphics you can, knowing that is where your bottleneck is going to be. If the graphics were replaceable on the laptop, something you would have to ask the manufacturer, I would opt for the i5 and upgrade the graphics myself, unless of course the manufacturer would be willing, for the difference in price.
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November 25, 2013 5:44:39 PM

Yeah, unfortunately laptop aren't that good for gaming. What does he like to play? If it's WoW, then it'll do fine.
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November 26, 2013 2:25:37 AM

Minecraft. He was happy with the first laptop until we had to send it back due to an intermittent power problem. What I need to know is whether the second laptop with the better core i5 but inferior VGA will be worse for gaming than the original one I bought. Do I accept the replacement they've offered or insist on one with a better VGA?
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November 26, 2013 2:30:49 AM

Will it be worse for gaming? Yes, as the graphics card is slower, and you were already graphics limited. How much worse? That's hard to say with absolute certainty, but I would consider asking whomever you are speaking with at the company if you could possibly pay the difference for a machine with better graphics than they are offering. While the i5 is a nice upgrade, it can't compensate for any lack of speed your graphics card is going to have.
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November 26, 2013 2:37:19 AM

bigpinkdragon286 said:
Neither card is suitable for anything more than entry level gaming at low settings, however, as you suspect, the 520m is going to be slightly worse off than the 620m. Whether this can be made up for by the improvement of the i5 over the i3 is unlikely, as neither CPU should be slow enough to be the weakest link in playing games. Those cards are both slow enough, they are the slowest piece in the chain, making them the bottleneck. What good use you can make of the extra potential from the i5 is up to you, since you likely won't see it in games. When gaming on a laptop, almost invariably the graphics are not replaceable, therefore you have to get the best graphics you can, knowing that is where your bottleneck is going to be. If the graphics were replaceable on the laptop, something you would have to ask the manufacturer, I would opt for the i5 and upgrade the graphics myself, unless of course the manufacturer would be willing, for the difference in price.


Thanks for the info. That was my concern. I wouldn't want to change the card myself as that would invalidate the warranty and can't afford to pay the difference to get samsung to do it. They're sending out the replacement today anyway so I guess we'll just have to try it out and see.
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November 26, 2013 2:39:05 AM

I'm not dealing with Samsung but with the online retailer I bought it from. They're the ones dealing with samsung.
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November 26, 2013 2:41:01 AM

If all your son plays is Minecraft, he may not see much difference in the visuals, as that particular game doesn't produce much to begin with unless you've done modifications to it.
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November 26, 2013 2:51:23 AM

bigpinkdragon286 said:
If all your son plays is Minecraft, he may not see much difference in the visuals, as that particular game doesn't produce much to begin with unless you've done modifications to it.


He's forever designing "mods" for it or downloading them from others. I have no idea what they do but to me the game looks as basic visually as before.
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November 26, 2013 8:13:35 AM

second one is not good dont be cheated ask the online dealer to provide a better option than nvidia geforce 520m ,your son will be happy with second while playing minecraft but can you be sure he will only play minecraft forever,nope so i advice get something that is good for him in present and in future too :) 

btw use this site to check your gpu
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benc...


nvidia geforce 520m
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-520M.431...

nvidia geforce 620m
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-620M.721...

how much you paid for it ?
which country are you from ?
i will be happy to help you find something better in that price range :) 

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