There's a 100$ price difference between i3 and i5... but will the boost really help? esp in Skyrim?
also the i5 models i've seen has 1080p native, the i3 native is 1366x768, I'm worried that 1080p might be too much for this card to handle.
Overclocking for this certain card seems like common practice though
They're about the same price as the i3 MSI, but the 555m is the beefier card as it has 144 cores vs the 96 cores of the 550. My main problem is that I'm buying the laptop off retailers so I'm not sure if they have an i5 version with a 1366 native.
my only beef with the i5 is the screen resolution, since I prefer to play @native I might have to resort to 960x540 to get high details on games (I also prefer lower res high detail) especially since there's a 100$ difference.
Looking at the 555M's spec sheet, i don't recommend it for 1080p. The 560M is just good enough at that res.
I mean, the 555m has a lower texture fill rate and memory bandwidth than a 9600GT, and i know (since i own one) that a 9600GT only manages acceptable DX10 framerates at 1024x768 at medium to high settings, often without anti-aliasing and always overclocked.
If you're fine playing with lower settings enabled, then fine, otherwise a firm 'no' from me to a 555M at 1080p.
There are also two versions of the 555M, a GDDR3 ver and a GDDR5 one, so if at all you pick a 555M, pick the GDDR5 card, as it provides higher memory bandwidth even though it's got a 128-bit bus (compared to the 192-bit one that the card with the older memory interface has).
We picked a laptop for a friend of mine with a i5 and a 560M at 1080p, it's smooth while playing Skyrim and FIFA 12 on high settings (i don't remember the experience with 'maxed out' settings though). Anyway, he's happy so it's not a prob.