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# 80892 6-Apr-2011 01:25
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Hey Dudes,

Just thinking of getting a laptop and wanted to know any thoughts on it gaming wise.

Ive decided on this one:

HP Envy 17-1006tx Beats audio edition

Processor:Core i7 820qm 

Display: 17" HD+ LED (1600x900)

Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon 5850m

HDD: 7200RPM 500GB HD

 Also its under warantee till Aug 2012 and im paying $1600 NZD for it.


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  # 455747 6-Apr-2011 01:37
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it's a very good system!! but if you're trying to sell it to GZers the price seems to good to be true so guys beware :)

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 455748 6-Apr-2011 01:42
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Lol nope not at all just wana know any thoughts on it this price is before GST of course of its around the 1900 mark. Good specs to game you think? Black ops Battlefield BC2.Autocad.


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  # 455794 6-Apr-2011 08:57
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Has it got any RAM? haha, just kidding. Can't comment on the graphics, not so knowledgeable on ATI cards. Where are you getting it from? Price seems really good!


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  # 455799 6-Apr-2011 09:10
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How long are you wanting to game with it for ? TBH, a laptop does limit your upgrade path in a year or so when the newer games come out wanting a bit more kick to them from your hardware.

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  # 455874 6-Apr-2011 12:15
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The i7 820 cpu and 5850m gpu will power 1600x900 res with decent frame rates with high settings in current games.

Have a look at this for the 5850 (non mobile) version for an indication of fps rates 

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  # 455914 6-Apr-2011 13:51
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Oh k thanks for you replies all. Im just wanting it to game for around a year or 2 just so thats its not completely weak on the gaming side.

Whats the difference between GDDR3 and GDDR5 as ive seen a review on the 5850m on notebookcheck and it seems the FPS in games is lower if GDDR3 is used? is this correct and also how would a person (for lack of a better word) Force their GPU to use GDDR5?

Or do i have this completely misunderstood?

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  # 455915 6-Apr-2011 13:54
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Oh yea its 4GB ram. Not too sure on the speed of it.


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  # 456144 6-Apr-2011 22:22
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GDDR is the type of memory used on/by the GPU (onboard graphics card). GDDR5 is higher clock rate and bandwidth then GDDR3. So yes it's faster than GDDR3 but more expensive of course.

There is no way to force the GPU to use GDDR5 you simply have to buy one that is using GDDR5 memory chips.

Also I just notice the hard drive speed in your spec, imo get 7200rpm HD at least.

If possible a SSD (solid state drive) offers a  even better and a very noticeable performance increase.

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  # 456174 6-Apr-2011 23:36
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Yea I've been looking around Trademe and things for one now if I was to get one would it have to comPletely replace my existing hard drive?also read something about booting windows from the ssd can decrease windows start up reckon it's worth it to upgrade?

Also wanting to upgrade the ram but not too sure how to go about it as I'm not sure if you could mix different ram chips with different speeds. Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated.


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  # 459130 15-Apr-2011 13:38
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my friend bought an HP laptop that was $1300 for all similar specs, except better graphics card and worse processor

sadly the sale price has finished

gz ftw

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