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Which processor would work best for a 'light' gamer, E300 or B940?

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December 21, 2011 12:19:47 PM

Which processor will work best for a gamer - AMD E-2 dual core e300 OR Pentuim B940? Not super heavy games, more like minecraft and terraria. Main problem with current computer is the lagging. Would one of these processors work better? They're both laptops and priced the same.
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December 21, 2011 12:54:44 PM

E300 2x @ 1.3Ghz 1MB Cache, Radeon Core 80 Shaders Memory @ 488Mhz DDR3-1066

B940 Sandy Bridge 2x @ 2Ghz, Intel HD memory @ 650mhz/1.1GHz DDR3

Raw horsepower and power managment, the B940 would be the choice, while the AMD's GPU is better.

Neither are really suitable for even light gaming.
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December 21, 2011 2:32:34 PM

Yes I agree with das_stig the graphics on the B940 really aren't what I would call a good solution for gaming. So unless they are putting in a dedicated graphics chipset I would have to steer clear of the Intel Pentuim B940 as the processor of choice for a gaming laptop. Moving up to an Intel Core i3 with the HD 3000 Graphics gets you a little closer but it is still short but should work for mid level setting for in a normal gaming environment.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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December 21, 2011 2:38:45 PM

Thanks guys! I found another option....what about this....•Intel Core i3-370M processor 2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache.

Thanks so much for your help!

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December 21, 2011 3:54:48 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Yes I agree with das_stig the graphics on the B940 really aren't what I would call a good solution for gaming. So unless they are putting in a dedicated graphics chipset I would have to steer clear of the Intel Pentuim B940 as the processor of choice for a gaming laptop. Moving up to an Intel Core i3 with the HD 3000 Graphics gets you a little closer but it is still short but should work for mid level setting for in a normal gaming environment.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team


Hi!

I'm also looking for a new laptop to replace my old desktop computer. The specs you mentioned above about the Intel Core i3 with the HD 3000 graphics sounded good, so I looked up the price of a Toshiba laptop, and found one, but it was almost $600 Canadian. I'm wondering if one of the Toshiba laptops I found at a store called The Source, and around my price range would be just as good. Here are the specs for the two Toshiba laptops I've found. The deals on both end on the 24th. so a fast reply would be appreciated! Thanks!

Toshiba AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N870, 2.3GHz, Level 2 cache: 1.5MB , 4GB DDR3 RAM, 15.6" screen at 1366x768, with a ATI Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics card and 789MB of dedicated memory and 1917MB of shared memory.

The other Toshiba has the following specs:

AMD Sabine™ Quad-Core A6-3400M processor
6GB RAM
Processor Speed: 1.3GHz / 2.3GHz
Level 2 cache: 4MB
Video Card: AMD Radeon ™ HD 6520G; Dedicated Video Memory: 4GB
Shared Video Memory: 2035MB
Screen resolution: 1366 x 768

So, besides the first Toshiba having 2GB less memory, and both having AMD
chips, which laptop would be the best for playing a basic game like Luxor Amun Rising, and which would be 'faster' all around? I have looked at Intel
Core laptops, like the i3 and i5, but I don't know if the Intel Core laptops have as much power as the two I mentioned? Thanks!
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December 21, 2011 9:51:36 PM

mvhumphries said:
Thanks guys! I found another option....what about this....•Intel Core i3-370M processor 2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache.

Thanks so much for your help!



Only the Sandy Bridge Core i3 (2xxx model numbers) comes with the Intel HD 3000 graphics core. The old Core i3 (like the 370m) relies on the old GMA 4500m graphics core if there is no dedicated graphics core. The Intel HD 3000 is basically as powerful as a desktop Radeon HD 5450. The GMA 4500m is probably half as powerful.
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December 21, 2011 9:57:48 PM

The A6 has the best graphics. That might be your best bet.
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December 22, 2011 12:07:19 AM

Thanks FinneousP for your input on the Toshiba! Also FinneousP if I can ask you one more question regarding the 'processor speed'. What does the term 1.3GHz / 2.3GHz actually mean? Does it mean that the laptop is actually a 1.3GHz laptop that can get up to 2.3GHz, or does it mean that the laptop can only get to 2.3GHz if it's 'overclocked'? Thanks!
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December 22, 2011 4:23:19 AM

Yup, it's one of those Turbo features.
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