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February 8, 2010 3:36:22 AM

Which of these will have a better overall performance for:
50% - general usage (surf the net, music, movies)
50% - gaming
#1 has faster clock speed (2.2Ghz-2.5Ghz) but intel GMA while #2 is fixed at 2.13Ghz but with nVidia 310M.
Also, at which OS will these specs perform better? Windows 7 or xp?

These are specs of Acer Aspire Notebooks.

#1)
Intel® Core™i5-430M (3Mb L3 cache, 2.26GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W)
Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
2.0Gb DDR3, 250Gb SATA
14in. HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD (Intel® GMA HD) with 128 MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10
48.8 W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack
Up to 4 hrs battery life

#2)
Acer Aspire AS4740G-332G32Mn
Intel® Core™i3-330M (3Mb L3 cache, 2.13GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W)
Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
2.0Gb DDR3, 320Gb SATA
14in. HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M with 512Mb of dedicated DDR3 VRAM, supporting NVIDIA® CUDA™, PhysX™, PureVideo® HD technology, OpenEXR High
2.3 kg (5.07 lbs.) with 6-cell battery
48.8 W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack
Up to 3 hrs battery life

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February 8, 2010 4:02:44 AM

Of course, #2. The GPU defines the gameplay most of the time, not the CPU. And NO ONE wants an Intel GMA for gaming.

Btw, be careful with Acer notebooks. I've seen a lot of people complaining about them.
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February 8, 2010 4:11:14 AM

Anyone with other ideas?

By the way, thanks Masterjaw. What kind of complains are there?

Are there any benchmarks comparing the new/current intel GMA with nvidia and ati counterparts?
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February 8, 2010 4:36:32 AM

well i can tell you intel gma is complete garbage for anything other then streaming video which it is far below average. So with out a doubt go with choice 2, the dedicated graphic card will put intels gma to shame. I had a dell with one of intel's gma chips and it was fine for surfing the web, but anything more demanded than starcraft was more than it could take
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February 8, 2010 4:47:39 AM

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well i can tell you intel gma is complete garbage for anything other then streaming video which it is far below average. So with out a doubt go with choice 2, the dedicated graphic card will put intels gma to shame. I had a dell with one of intel's gma chips and it was fine for surfing the web, but anything more demanded than starcraft was more than it could take


-Yes i do agree i was never really fond of intel's integrated graphics. But there are some who said that the new Intel GMA HD that go with i3/i5/i7 processors are a great improvement compared to the past. If it can perform close to (obviously it can't perform as good as..) Nvidia gf310M, then #1 would be a better choice. Then again I have no idea how they perform that's why I'm here.

Any more opinions anyone? :) 

Current Count:
#1 - 0 Points
#2 - 2 Points

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February 8, 2010 4:53:31 AM

@OP: Check this link to better see the bright side of the picture.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-G...

You see, even the fastest CPU cannot compensate for the lack of graphics horsepower. It is a great improvement but still not enough to be associated with what ATI/Nvidia can offer.
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February 8, 2010 5:29:48 AM

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@OP: Check this link to better see the bright side of the picture.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Compu [...] 849.0.html


Wow.. That's really useful. Thanks for the link.. #2 does seem a better choice now in my opinion..

That makes the current count..

#1 - 0 Points
#2 - 3 Points
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February 8, 2010 5:30:01 AM

Best answer selected by alterock07.
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July 6, 2010 7:01:12 PM

can you explain about laptop LENOVO i want to bought

1. Intel Core i3 350M (2.26GHz, 1066 Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache)
2. 2GB RAM DDR3
3. 320GB SATA 5400rpm
4. Webcam, DVD Supermulti
5. nVidia GeForce G310M DDR3 512MB
6. 5in1 Card Reader, Bluetooth
7. Intel Wireless 802.11bg, 14.0" WXGA, DOS, 6-Cell Battery )
what do you think about this sir, will be this spec could use to game...
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left 4 dead
PES 2011
NBA 10
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