Sorry to ask one of those "can this system run INSERT GAME HERE" questions. However I would like opinions on this custom built Laptop I'm considering migrating my desktop to (don't ask why, sufficient to say I want to for various reasons).
15.6" Matte 95% Gamut LED Widescreen
My desktop has an AMD Phenom 9850 (2.50GHz, quad-core), Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 and the same RAM. My question is will this perform around the same / better than my desktop (occasional HD video encode / play game 1 or more years old)?
asked Feb 17 '12 at 16:39
Yes and no. For games, you have a huge increase in VRAM which helps, but a slower clock speed for your processor. I would say overall you will see an improvement in graphic extensive apps, games and programs but a bit slower with processing apps.
answered Feb 17 '12 at 16:46
Actually, over all I think that the laptop will perform much better over all. While the i7 has a lower clock speed, it also has hyper threading, which helps in multi threaded applications. It also has three times the cache, which I also believe is L3 instead of L2, so that will help you too.
The Graphics card is also much more powerful and the system uses a new, Superior chipset.
Overall, I think this is a good step if you want more performance from what you already have.
If you'd like a better view of what your computers can do, a good test is either one of the 3DMark tests, or Passmark, the latter I know to offer a 30 day full use free trial.
The laptop will run faster than your desktop. The Phenom 1 CPU's have a poor performance per clock cycle ratio compared to Phenom II and core i7, so the mobile CPU is likely to be around 40%+ faster than your Phenom 1 CPU
The videocard can handle most current games on high with the exception of a few very high end ones such as BF3, metro 2033
At those resolutions, 1GB or 2GB VRAM wont make much of any difference (2GB does not become very beneficial until you go over 1080p resolution)
Overall it will handle gaming better across the board
answered Feb 18 '12 at 04:14