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Choosing beetween two ultrabooks

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January 22, 2013 11:08:30 AM

Hi I am interesting of buying a gaming laptop.I am already set on the republic of gamers model from ASUS.In my country I found at two different stores basicly the same model but with some differences.
The first is : ASUS 15.6 G55VW-S1096D

Notebook Asus 15.6' G55VW-S1096D
1920x1080 LED-Backlit Mat
Intel Core I7 3610QM
Dedicated video NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M 2GB GDDR3
RAM 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x8GB)
128GB MSSD + 750GB 7.2K RPM
DVDRW
Card Reader 3-1 (SD/MMC/MS)
Boxe Sonic Master
HD Webcam
LAN 10/100/1000
WLAN B/G/N
Bluetooth
4xUSB3.0/1xHDMI/1xRJ45/1xVGA/1xMic/1xHeadphone/1xmini Display Port
Batery 8 Cels 5200 MAH Li-Ion
DOS

The second is : Asus G55VW-S1202D

1920 x 1080 LED LCD
IntelĀ® CoreTM i7 3630QM 2.4 GHZ
Dedicated video NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M 2GB GDDR3
RAM 32 GB DDR3 1600MHz
128GB SSD + 750GB 7.2K RPM
DVDRW
Card Reader 3-1 (SD/MMC/MS)
Boxe Sonic Master
HD Webcam
LAN 10/100/1000
WLAN B/G/N
Bluetooth
4xUSB3.0/1xHDMI/1xRJ45/1xVGA/1xMic/1xHeadphone/1xmini Display Port
Batery 8 Cels 5200 MAH Li-Ion
DOS

The second notebook is 300$ more expensive then the first.
Diferences - procesor : i7 3610QM VS i7 3630QM
- RAM : 16 gb RAM vs 32 gb RAM
- MSSD 128 gb vs SSD 128 gb

No concerning the procesor from what I read on the internet the difference is minimal and concerning the RAM again I found out that 32 GB RAM could be overkill but corect me if I am wrong.
THe only reason I am cosidering the second notebook is because it's SSD drive witch from what I know is alot more faster then a normal HDD.

I do not understand the difference beetween an MSSD and an SSD.Witch one of them is beetter?

Also considering this specs is the second notebook worth it if I will be using it for gaming , programming and some basic photo editing?
January 22, 2013 11:25:39 AM

The first will do you fine if it is for gaming as you will not require the 32GB of RAM. the other difference is a [minor] processor upgrade and the SSD [replacing MSSD].
the difference between MSSD and SSD is that the MSSD is an Msata drive (not TRUE SSD). The fact that there is an SSD at all is mostly irrelevant to gaming as it will not affect FPS, only load times [minor speed increase, not noticable most of the time, depending on the game]. Msata drives are faster than standard Sata [platter] Hard drives, but not as fast as SSDs.

On a side note, anything from ROG will be good. they don't do a "crap" piece of kit, or they wouldn't approve to have their name on it. They have a reputation to uphold!
January 22, 2013 12:21:22 PM

If I were you, I would probably pick the first laptop.

I have 16GB in my desktop and run BF3 while listening to music via iTunes with all other typical background applications running and I still haven't even scratched above 8GB of usage.

In terms of gaming performance, the only thing the SSD type is going to affect might be map load speed. Will you notice how much quicker the boot time is and file access time, you betcha. But if all you really care about is getting the best gaming setup then the mSATA will be just fine. Not sure what brand of mSATA they use - adata and mushkin's are both fairly respectable in terms of performance, but it all depends what you're needing. With that mSATA + HDD setup, it's likely caching files to the SSD to increase speed of the OS rather than running the OS on the SSD entirely and using the HDD as slave storage.

I personally prefer SATA to mSATA - I have a Samsung 840 Pro in my ultrabook and the sucker just plain flys - I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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January 22, 2013 12:33:03 PM

+1 for SSD>MSSD, but it's not worth shelling out the extra $300 for it, as the Msata drive will likely act as a cache (as game junky has stated), improving performance of your regular HDD.
December 28, 2013 2:43:02 PM

i would go for the first one because even 15gb is more than enough for gaming. if you're going to video alot you'd notice the difference because of the dubbled ram but thats not worth 300$ go for the first one, my recommendation ;) 
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