Laptop performance: i5 7300hq + GTX1060m

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    somencarl
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    Hello sir,

    I’m looking into a new laptop. And I’d like to use it for a bit of gaming as well, mostly Total War and other strategy games. I’d like a second opinion here:

    This is an Acer Aspire Nitro, the laptop currently in my sights. It’s seems quite new so I don’t find any reviews on it, and more importantly, no reviews on the CPU + GPU combo.

    Thing is, yes, I do want a somewhat slimmed and light laptop, 15″, that doesn’t look like an 80’s arcade machine, and I’m completely fine using a laptop cooling fan when gaming.

    GTX1060m 6gb

    i5 7300hq 2,5ghz

    8gb ram (I will upgrade if I buy)

    256gb SSD
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    https://www.inet.se/produkt/1960992/acer-aspire-nitro-i5-8gb-256gb-pcie-ssd-gtx-1060#specs

    (yeah page in Swedish but specs should be clear)

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  somencarl.
    #145821

    junky
    Keymaster

    Hi!

    1. The laptop is generally good.
    2. The I5 is a good option, actually, although you might hear that an I7 is a must. I think that for current games, this I5 is very good. You might see a slight performance hit due to lower clocks, but that’s not that bad
    3. You’d probably want to add 4-8GB of RAM. 8GB RAM could be too tight in some cases and it’s not healthy for the storage of the system (when RAM is all used, the storage is being used instead)
    4. You can check this review. Same as before – build quality is lacking, noisy under high load
    #145835

    somencarl
    Participant

    Cheers!

    1. Yeah I thought so too, considering price/performance
    2. Hopefully, as far as I know the loss of hyper threading should not have a severe impact on gaming. Which seems to be the main difference between i7 7700hq and i5 7300hq configurations (and the clocks of course).
    3. Yes, I’ll add in to 16 gb total
    4. Thanks, I’ve been looking through this a couple of times, but my concern was just the difference between the CPU’s (and the model he’s reviewing doesn’t sport an SSD). And regarding the sound, that’s fine since when gaming I’ll be using a cooling pad and headset.

    Thanks for the input!

    #145848

    junky
    Keymaster

    any news?

    #145918

    EthanStark
    Participant

    The Intel Core i5-7300HQ is a quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. Compared to the faster Core i7 models, the Core i5 does not support Hyper Threading and has lower clocks. The CPU cores run at 2.5 – 3.5 GHz (4 cores up to 3.1, 2 cores up to 3.3 GHz). The processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 630 GPU as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400). It is manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors
    Architecture

    Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.
    Performance

    The performance should be quite similar to the old Core i5-6440HQ (2.6 – 3.5 GHz, Skylake) that offers the same per-MHz performance and only 100 MHz higher core speed. The performance is therefore sufficient even for demanding tasks.

    Graphics

    The integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 530) running at 350 – 1000 MHz (i7 models up to 1100). The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

    Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google’s VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

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