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Wanting to purchase a new gaming laptop, can this setup run everything I throw at it at max graphics and for future years?

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May 10, 2014 6:29:59 PM

GPU: Dual Geforce GTX 870m's in SLI
Processor: 4th Gen Intel i7-4810MQ
Ram: 16 GB DDR3
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May 10, 2014 6:31:21 PM

Better option for gaming is always a cheap laptop+desktop. Laptops are insanely less powerful because they simply cannot handle the heat.
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May 10, 2014 6:34:45 PM

It will max current games. but definitely do not expect it to max games in 4 years. Laptops age FAST. Also, expect heat problems.
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May 10, 2014 6:36:02 PM

woltej1 said:
Better option for gaming is always a cheap laptop+desktop. Laptops are insanely less powerful because they simply cannot handle the heat.


That wasn't my question... and purchasing a desktop isn't available for me currently
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May 10, 2014 6:37:58 PM

well just throwing it out there as considering other options can help you find better solutions. Any reason why purchasing a high end laptop is available but a desktop isn't?
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May 10, 2014 6:39:11 PM

woltej1 said:
well just throwing it out there as considering other options can help you find better solutions. Any reason why purchasing a high end laptop is available but a desktop isn't?


Going to college soon and don't want to have to lug a desktop around and want to be able to take it wherever I go
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May 10, 2014 6:40:08 PM

The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI
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May 10, 2014 6:42:27 PM

tiny voices said:
The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI


Another option was to get a single 880m with 8GB video memory, would that find better performance than the dual 870m's in SLI with 6GB video memory?
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May 10, 2014 6:43:27 PM

It will not be better than the 870 SLI. The 8gb Vram is a marketing hoax. At the laptops resolution, 2-3gb Vram is more than plenty.
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May 10, 2014 6:44:14 PM

tiny voices said:
The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI


Maybe in theory, but after 5 minutes of intense gaming and heat buildup, the performance will drop quickly.
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May 10, 2014 6:45:38 PM

woltej1 said:
tiny voices said:
The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI


Maybe in theory, but after 5 minutes of intense gaming and heat buildup, the performance will drop quickly.


Actually the heat will be fine. They are designed to work in a laptop so they will not throttle and lower performance. They just won't. The CPU would be the heat issue, not the GPUs.
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May 10, 2014 6:47:30 PM

tiny voices said:
woltej1 said:
tiny voices said:
The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI


Maybe in theory, but after 5 minutes of intense gaming and heat buildup, the performance will drop quickly.


Actually the heat will be fine. They are designed to work in a laptop so they will not throttle and lower performance. They just won't. The CPU would be the heat issue, not the GPUs.


Thanks for the help, so all in all stick with the SLI 870m's?
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May 10, 2014 6:49:31 PM

DGRJ 4 Life said:
woltej1 said:
well just throwing it out there as considering other options can help you find better solutions. Any reason why purchasing a high end laptop is available but a desktop isn't?


Going to college soon and don't want to have to lug a desktop around and want to be able to take it wherever I go


Why not leave the desktop in the dorm room and have a portable ultrabook? Just saying it really isn't worth it to get a gaming laptop, the battery life in those are pretty low especially if you plan to take it around with you all day.
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May 10, 2014 6:51:11 PM

RazerZ said:
DGRJ 4 Life said:
woltej1 said:
well just throwing it out there as considering other options can help you find better solutions. Any reason why purchasing a high end laptop is available but a desktop isn't?


Going to college soon and don't want to have to lug a desktop around and want to be able to take it wherever I go


Why not leave the desktop in the dorm room and have a portable ultrabook? Just saying it really isn't worth it to get a gaming laptop, the battery life in those are pretty low especially if you plan to take it around with you all day.


It's also at parent's discretion lol trust me, if I was able to I would do that. They can't be convinced of pc things.
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May 10, 2014 6:52:11 PM

I used to own an alienware m15x and the UPGRADED 9-cell battery lasted 45 mins without the charger. Battery life on gaming laptops is AWFUL.
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May 10, 2014 6:52:40 PM

I went with a gaming laptop and never will again. The GPUs get insanely hot and throttle. Mine was back with the 2xx albeit, but I can't imagine they improved that much where it never happens anymore. The only way I could play simple games would be with a fan blowing across the computer, and my hands, the whole time which got annoying really quick. CPU usage was not high and I took it apart and could tell from the placement of the GPU that it was the main hot spot. This was on a mid range gaming laptop too so it wasn't some piece of crap either. Would just rather help someone avoid the same head aches that I went through.

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woltej1 said:
tiny voices said:
The gtx870m is about as powerful as a gtx760, but the lack of memory bandwidth will hurt performance. You can expect 2 of them in SLI to perform about 20% worse than gtx760SLI


Maybe in theory, but after 5 minutes of intense gaming and heat buildup, the performance will drop quickly.


Actually the heat will be fine. They are designed to work in a laptop so they will not throttle and lower performance. They just won't. The CPU would be the heat issue, not the GPUs.


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May 10, 2014 6:55:42 PM

Actually they heat problems have come A LONG WAY and are not nearly as bad anymore. OP, you will not have your computer throttling performance unless you have all the fans blocked. Don't worry or get scared about it.
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