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Which of these system is better? Toshiba Portege Z930 or Toshiba Satellite L840?

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December 25, 2013 11:44:06 AM

I've been give the choice of these two laptop to act as my secondary computer, with my Macbook Pro being the Primary. My primary aim with this laptop is to play games, and occasional web-surfing. From what I can tell, the Satellite should perform better, but was actually a lot slower in real usage, but faster when playing game. Here are the specs:

Toshiba Satellite L840:
Intel Core i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs)
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
8GB Ram

Toshiba Portege Z930:
Intel Core i7-3667U CPU @ 2.00GHz (4 CPUs)
Intel HD Graphics 4000
6GB Ram

You might be wondering why I'm choosing between these two instead of getting a proper gaming laptop, that is because I'm getting one of these for free.

So, is the Satellite better? If so, what might have been causing the slowdown when I was using it? Also, is the difference significance enough for me to forego the Portege's wayy less weight? And one last thing, which core is better?

I know that's a lot of questions, but if you can, please answer them. Thank you very much.

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December 25, 2013 3:11:54 PM

The satellite is a better gamer due to the inclusion of dedicated graphics. The i7 CPU of the Portege has hyper-threading which can make the 4 CPU cores act as 8 which is often handy in production environments but currently not taken advantage of in most games. The quickness/responsiveness of the Portege is likely due to it's SSD which gives an overall 'snappier' feel to the system. What you are observing is the difference between an SSD and a 5400rpm HDD - placing an SSD in the Satellite would give a similar performance feel
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December 25, 2013 7:00:34 PM

C12Friedman said:
The satellite is a better gamer due to the inclusion of dedicated graphics. The i7 CPU of the Portege has hyper-threading which can make the 4 CPU cores act as 8 which is often handy in production environments but currently not taken advantage of in most games.



That information is actually incorrect.

Both the Core i5 and Core i7 are dual core CPUs with Hyperthreading. The only quad core Ivy Bridge generation CPUs are the Core i7 with the "QM" designation. The "U" designation simply means it is the ultra low voltage version of the CPU. Hence the lower clock speed. Below is link to a direct comparison of the two CPUs:

http://ark.intel.com/compare/67355,64898

Other than the difference in the base clockspeed the Core i7:
1. Turbo Boost clockspeed is slightly higher assuming CPU temps is not too high
2. Has 4MB of cache instead of 3MB
3. Runs at 17w instead of 35w
4. The Intel HD 4000 runs at lower minimum clockspeed but marginally higher maximum clockspeed as well.


I would simply get the 1st laptop since it has a dedicated graphics chip. Overall, there is not much difference between the Core i5 and Core i7 other than the lower power consumption.
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December 25, 2013 10:47:28 PM

C12Friedman said:
The satellite is a better gamer due to the inclusion of dedicated graphics. The i7 CPU of the Portege has hyper-threading which can make the 4 CPU cores act as 8 which is often handy in production environments but currently not taken advantage of in most games. The quickness/responsiveness of the Portege is likely due to it's SSD which gives an overall 'snappier' feel to the system. What you are observing is the difference between an SSD and a 5400rpm HDD - placing an SSD in the Satellite would give a similar performance feel


Yes, however, the difference is huge. It's a lot slower than my old Toshiba Satellite A300 which doesnt have SSD. For example, after I press a key I might need to wait for 5 seconds before it to appear. When I open Microsoft Word, It'll take almost a minute. Is there anything else I might want to check?
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December 26, 2013 8:18:57 AM

Kachachan said:

Yes, however, the difference is huge. It's a lot slower than my old Toshiba Satellite A300 which doesnt have SSD. For example, after I press a key I might need to wait for 5 seconds before it to appear. When I open Microsoft Word, It'll take almost a minute. Is there anything else I might want to check?


That's more of a difference than simply SSD to HDD difference, I'd consider that the HDD may be nearing capacity or is failing, running Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics should give an indication of the HDD's health status
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