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May 24, 2008 3:50:59 PM

Lovely people,

I'm still in the process of buying a laptop, Now i would like to get my price down a bit.
But it seems that if i want to pay a little less there nothing else but

Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 or the
nVidia® GeForce™ Go 8400M GS with 128 MB DDR2.

Now the first card i have NO idea what to expect and the 8400 GS people have told me to avoid becuase of the turbo cache,
What i would like is that i come near the preformance of a 7800 GT which is what i had in my destop.

Maby this is impossible for a laptop to reach i dont really know,
Im currently looking at 1000 euros for a dell laptop with a 8600M and trying to get the price down.

Thanks allot!

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May 24, 2008 4:06:32 PM

The 8600M GT will probably be around the performance of your 7800 gt or maybe even higher. the 8400 GS is significantly slower. You can get a dell laptop with the 8600M GT for under $1000 us, so I'd imagine that it would be less in euros. Don't get the 8400 GS if you want to game.
May 25, 2008 10:37:33 AM

Yeh its 900 to precise is you dont get extra warrenty.

I found a nice laptop that goes for 770 euro's including bag mouse etc,
It has a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 but i cant even find a review on this card is it any good?
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May 25, 2008 5:49:31 PM

the 3470 is comparable to the 8400m GS. If you aren't gaming I think you will be fine with that card. otherwise, get the 8600m gt or the Radeon 36xx series.
May 25, 2008 7:08:45 PM

Thanks for your advice dmacfour,
Would you happen to know a laptop with a 8600 gt from a respectable manufacturer, below 900 euros (which is my current price).
May 26, 2008 1:33:41 PM

Scale said:
Thanks for your advice dmacfour,
Would you happen to know a laptop with a 8600 gt from a respectable manufacturer, below 900 euros (which is my current price).


Where are you from? Here in Spain you can have a basic Dell XPS M1530 from 749 €, and the GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB DDR3 is a premium of around 60 €. It's a good laptop and the card is the best one you can get below 1500 €.
May 26, 2008 7:25:05 PM

dmacfour said:
The 8600M GT will probably be around the performance of your 7800 gt or maybe even higher. the 8400 GS is significantly slower. You can get a dell laptop with the 8600M GT for under $1000 us, so I'd imagine that it would be less in euros. Don't get the 8400 GS if you want to game.


No that's incorrect. As I remember the 8600gt was only 8 or 10% better than a 7600gt and you have to consider that the mobile versions of perform a little bit worse than the desktop version. The only thing new in the 8600 from the 7600 is that it featured DX10 and the HD codecs thing. But yes if you want to play some games then get a 8400gs over the Intel chipset they suck huge for any kind of game.

Just so you know with my 7600gt on the desktop I could play Bioshock and COD4 with most settings on medium and the other ones in high and it looked terrific with good fps. So you can expect what to gain from a 8600M gt
May 26, 2008 10:20:13 PM

lpedraja2002 said:
No that's incorrect. As I remember the 8600gt was only 8 or 10% better than a 7600gt and you have to consider that the mobile versions of perform a little bit worse than the desktop version. The only thing new in the 8600 from the 7600 is that it featured DX10 and the HD codecs thing. But yes if you want to play some games then get a 8400gs over the Intel chipset they suck huge for any kind of game.

Just so you know with my 7600gt on the desktop I could play Bioshock and COD4 with most settings on medium and the other ones in high and it looked terrific with good fps. So you can expect what to gain from a 8600M gt


I have the DDR2 version of the 8600m gt and the desktop 7900gt. OC'ed to match performance of the DDR3 8600m gt, the DDR2 version stacks up well against my 7900GT at 1280x800. the 7800 gt desktop card is slower than the 7900gt, therefore is in a similar performance range with the 8600m gt. Of course, at high resolutions, I'm sure the 8600m gt will fail to do well as the desktop cards because of it's memory bandwidth. I get 3392 3dmarks with my ddr2 8600m gt, the ddr3 version gets around 4000.
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May 27, 2008 3:32:06 AM

Pretty simple actually.

If it's a GDDR3 model 8600M then In older games expect it to play a little below the GF7800GT, and in newer shader intensive games expect it to play just above that.

The GDDR2 model is a little bit lower performing than that maybe slightly above a GF7600GT.

The GF7 series is strong for older titles, but in newer shader heavy titles it does bog down rather poorly.
May 27, 2008 9:43:11 AM

Lol so went to check that XPS laptop i didnt really check these becuase of the 15 inch but oke prices start at 749 euros.

So i go in and check them out and the models they have and the cheapest is 870 euros lol including a 70 euros discount.
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