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A8-4500M (DDR3 1333MHz) or A10-4600M (DDR3 1600MHz) for Blu-ray movie?

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October 15, 2012 10:34:01 PM

Hi,

Apart from the screen size and resolution (17.3"- 1600x900 pixels vs. 15.6" - 1366 x 768),
which configuration is better for Blu-ray movies playback, animated movies and anime playback,
Disney games, movies/video/music streaming, etc.:

A10-4600M with 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory and AMD Radeon HD 7660G Graphics
or
slower AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M with 6GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory and AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics?


Toshiba Satellite S875D-S7239 17.3" Laptop
AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M accelerated processor
6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory
AMD Radeon HD 7660G Graphics

Blu-ray Disc ROM drive with integrated 8x SuperMulti DVD drive
17.3 inches: 1600x900 pixels, 16:9
750GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive

or

Aspire V3 V3-551-8809 15.6" Laptop
AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M accelerated processor
6GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics

4X Blu-ray Disc ROM/ DVD±RW DL
15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LCD display (1366 x 768)
500GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive

P.S.
I am not interested in heavy gaming like Battlefield, etc. at all.
October 15, 2012 10:48:42 PM

there will be little difference, but keep in mind both will only give you 720p
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October 15, 2012 11:05:40 PM

Toshiba are well known for making poor quality laptops, I'd go for the acer.
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October 16, 2012 9:31:35 PM

As much as I hate toshiba laptop, if they are the same price, I would go for the A10 with 1600mhz ram.

Reason being that AMD Trinity APU is severely bottleneck by memory speed. It was found that you can gain at least 15% in 3D performance from the APU if you boast memory speed from 1333 to 1600 mhz.

Further, the APU from 7660G can actually handle modern 3D games at low to med settings. You can now overclock the 7660G with AMD overdrive to achieve even higher performance.

Having said that both machine can play Blu Ray jsut fine, there would be neglible difference and I doubt it would lag.

If you are just watching movies, the 17" screen is nice. It has higher resolution too.

If you do decide to get the Toshiba, I would highly recommand to wipe everything clean, reinstall all the AMD drivers. Toshiba has way too many bloatwares.

As for actual 3D gaming, I know I could play Borderlands 2 at med to high setting ith the 7660G.
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October 26, 2012 3:30:23 PM

Best answer selected by adamamerica.
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