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Laptops Better Than Z575 for $550 or Less?

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June 14, 2012 10:24:23 PM

Any gaming laptops better than this, or with same gaming performance and better CPU for around $550.

AMD A6-3420m 1.5ghz Processor (Overclock to 2.4)
AMD Radeon Hd 6650 (Can crossfire with Integrated AMD graphics)
6 Gigs of DDR3 Ram

I just wanna reassure myself before buying it. :) 

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June 14, 2012 11:23:06 PM

That GT 610M is much worse than the 6650M in the laptop the OP linked. When you add the hybrid crossfire to that 6650M (assuming the laptop is set up to do that), the resulting GPU should be MUCH more powerful than a GT 610M.

That being said, the CPU is faster in the Acer. If the machine is primarily for gaming, you won't notice at all, though, and the A6 CPU in the OP's linked laptop has more than enough power for day-to-day tasks.
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June 15, 2012 12:12:15 AM

I was wondering, if I overclock that CPU to a constant 2.4ghz, would it affect anything besides battery life? Would it harm any of the other components? If it would, is there anyway I could install a fan, or a cooling pad?

P.S That was one of the laptops that I thought might be better, thanks for clarifying on the GT 610m, wasn't sure about that.
June 15, 2012 12:20:22 AM

Hmmm. That A6 can turbo core to 2.4, which is similar to what Intel's chips do with Turbo Boost: they turn off core(s) and raise the clock of the remaining core(s) for lightly threaded work. I'm really not 100% sure how that works.

If you *can* actually overclock it like that, then the only thing that will be affected is probably the battery life and heat output.