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August 4, 2012 3:58:41 AM

Hello, I wanted to ask a few questions involving the NVIDIAS GT 640m 2gb, GT 650m 2gb, and GTX 660m

(1.) First off I want to know if the GT 640m 2gb can run games such as skyrim, battlefield 3, and crysis 2 on high settings with no lag?

(2.) How much better is the GTX 660m better than the GT 650m and how much is that better than the 640m?

(3.) If I wanted to buy a laptop for gaming is the gt640m sufficient enough? Is is worth $80 more to upgrade that 640m to a 650m? Both are 2GB

(4.) Basically I know each level up is better but by how much? And last question, would the gt 640m be sufficient to play games for the next 2 years? 4 years?

Thank you so much!
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August 4, 2012 4:24:23 AM

1. depends on resolution
2. according to notebook check, the 660m(kepler based) is a bit better than the 550ti, the 650m(fermi based) is slightly worse than the 550ti, the 640(kepler based) is slightly worse than a gts 450 3dmarkwise(its not the most accurate, but it gets us somewhere. inreality, it should be slightly less than a 550ti since laptops are built to be lower power consuming and the 660m is probably near a HD 7750 in performance)
3. depends on preference
4. 2 will generally point you to a better direction, as for the 2nd part of the question, it goes back to resolution and game settings. it doesnt take much to play any game on lowest settings and lowest resolution but how much IS tolerable. Laptops generally have to pay more per performance compared to their desktop counterparts.
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August 4, 2012 4:30:37 AM

dudewitbow said:
1. depends on resolution
2. according to notebook check, the 660m(kepler based) is a bit better than the 550ti, the 650m(fermi based) is slightly worse than the 550ti, the 640(kepler based) is slightly worse than a gts 450 3dmarkwise(its not the most accurate, but it gets us somewhere. inreality, it should be slightly less than a 550ti since laptops are built to be lower power consuming and the 660m is probably near a HD 7750 in performance)
3. depends on preference
4. 2 will generally point you to a better direction, as for the 2nd part of the question, it goes back to resolution and game settings. it doesnt take much to play any game on lowest settings and lowest resolution but how much IS tolerable. Laptops generally have to pay more per performance compared to their desktop counterparts.


Thanks so much for the answer! Anyways the screen resolution for question 1 is 1920x1080
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August 4, 2012 4:42:11 AM

If you want to play on High in 1920x1080 on games like BF3, Skyrim and Crysis, you need an entry 1920x1080p video card. On the Desktop, an entry level one would IMO be the Gtx 560 and the HD 6870, the laptop equivalent according to this would be the Gtx 580m or the 6990m. You can probaly push it with the 675m/6900m to some extent but the limiting factor is the screen resolution.


For example, ill use the 660m as an example. notebookcheck registers just past 30 fps at high on 1366x768 resolution for battlefield 3* to fluently play games at 1920x1080, you will probably need at least a gtx 675. even the top dogs gtx 680m and 7970m is only slightly better than the gtx 570 in performance, and the 570 is only the comfortable zone for gaming as its the mid price card for desktops.



the games you listed are very demanding and being on the laptop platform doesnt help much.
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August 4, 2012 4:49:14 AM

dudewitbow said:
If you want to play on High in 1920x1080 on games like BF3, Skyrim and Crysis, you need an entry 1920x1080p video card. On the Desktop, an entry level one would IMO be the Gtx 560 and the HD 6870, the laptop equivalent according to this would be the Gtx 580m or the 6990m. You can probaly push it with the 675m/6900m to some extent but the limiting factor is the screen resolution.


For example, ill use the 660m as an example. notebookcheck registers just past 30 fps at high on 1366x768 resolution for battlefield 3* to fluently play games at 1920x1080, you will probably need at least a gtx 675. even the top dogs gtx 680m and 7970m is only slightly better than the gtx 570 in performance, and the 570 is only the comfortable zone for gaming as its the mid price card for desktops.



the games you listed are very demanding and being on the laptop platform doesnt help much.


How about if the resolution is 1366x768?
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August 4, 2012 4:51:43 AM

according to that link i have up there, at 1366x768, the 660m should be fine at high settings



the 650m in bf3 with 16x antisophic filtering and AA off barely passes 30 fps(and not to sure if you want to play it just barely pass as fps under 30 feel slugish)
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August 4, 2012 4:57:02 AM

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August 4, 2012 9:11:09 AM

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