Personal computing discussed

Moderators: mac_h8r1, Nemesis

 
anotherengineer
Graphmaster Gerbil
Topic Author
Posts: 1440
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:53 pm
Location: Timmins, ON Canada, Yes I know, Up in the sticks

New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:12 am

So looking for a new laptop to replace the wife old HP w/AMD E-350 APU

Want to limit it to $500 Cnd, mainly used for web surfing/email/skyping and light gaming (me).

So there is 2 I see,
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hew ... 98758.aspx

looks nice
and a rough intel equivalent

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... ageIndex=1
no touch screen though

From generic benchmarking for cpu and gpu from pass mark, the intel's HD4400 beats out the Radeon HD8400(kabini - couldn't find the R5)

Don't really care for Acer, and the intel cpu cranks out more points than the Beema, even only being a 2 core cpu.

So even though passmark shows 534 for intel HD4400 and 355 pts for the radeon HD8400, will it actually play, and handle games better than the A8-6410?

Or is there something even better in this price range?

Thanks
Life doesn't change after marriage, it changes after children!
 
Chrispy_
Silver subscriber
Grand Gerbil Poohbah
Posts: 3770
Joined: Fri Apr 09, 2004 3:49 pm
Location: Europe, most frequently London.

Re: New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:20 am

The first HP linked is an AMD Beema processor, it has only 1/3rd the graphics horsepower of a Kaveri A8 and the quad cores are the Jaguar/Puma cores from the XBone and PS4, not the more powerful Piledriver/Steamroller cores you would expect in an A8. It's not going to be great at gaming

The second Acer is better, way more powerful in general but the HD4400 graphics will be quite limited, probably not a lot better than that first HP.

If you want to be able to run modern games, then this is the first thing Best Buy has with decent graphics capability, but it's CA$599
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/tos ... 7cb615en02
Congratulations, you've noticed that this year's signature is based on outdated internet memes; CLICK HERE NOW to experience this unforgettable phenomenon. This sentence is just filler and as irrelevant as my signature.
 
anotherengineer
Graphmaster Gerbil
Topic Author
Posts: 1440
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:53 pm
Location: Timmins, ON Canada, Yes I know, Up in the sticks

Re: New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:51 am

Thanks, I was having trouble tracking down an actual kaveri laptop.
Life doesn't change after marriage, it changes after children!
 
Forge
Lord High Gerbil
Posts: 8167
Joined: Wed Dec 26, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: SouthEast PA

Re: New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:26 pm

I understand why, and I'm not telling you that you're doing it wrong, or that you should do anything different, in fact, but I am lamenting the race to the bottom which is alive and well in the retail PC space, especially the laptop market.

Make it entirely out of plastic, use a known-failure-prone whiny fan, and replace the screen with a few dozen colored LEDs! Undercut competitor pricing by 50$ and dominate the market!! WIN!!!
Behemoth - media server
Galactica - test lab server
Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints - MBP 15
Donnager - M4800 DTR
Rocinante - E5530 testing machine
Saratoga, Ticonderoga, BunkerHill - the Hydra desktop PC-thing.
 
SuperSpy
Gold subscriber
Minister of Gerbil Affairs
Posts: 2148
Joined: Thu Sep 12, 2002 9:34 pm
Location: TR Forums

Re: New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:37 pm

Forge wrote:
I understand why, and I'm not telling you that you're doing it wrong, or that you should do anything different, in fact, but I am lamenting the race to the bottom which is alive and well in the retail PC space, especially the laptop market.

Make it entirely out of plastic, use a known-failure-prone whiny fan, and replace the screen with a few dozen colored LEDs! Undercut competitor pricing by 50$ and dominate the market!! WIN!!!

Someone in HP just read this and went "Holy Crap! Why didn't I think of that?!"
Desktop: i7-4790K @4.8 GHz | 32 GB | XFX Radeon 6950 | Windows 10 x64
Laptop: i7 740QM | 12 GB | Mobility Radeon 5850 | Windows 10 x64
 
anotherengineer
Graphmaster Gerbil
Topic Author
Posts: 1440
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:53 pm
Location: Timmins, ON Canada, Yes I know, Up in the sticks

Re: New laptop decision

Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:58 pm

Forge wrote:
I understand why, and I'm not telling you that you're doing it wrong, or that you should do anything different, in fact, but I am lamenting the race to the bottom which is alive and well in the retail PC space, especially the laptop market.

Make it entirely out of plastic, use a known-failure-prone whiny fan, and replace the screen with a few dozen colored LEDs! Undercut competitor pricing by 50$ and dominate the market!! WIN!!!



I agree, however, if it wasn't for the kids I would have no problem shelling out a grand for something good. However, the HP 2000-240CA (AMD E-350) laptop we have is 3 yrs and 3 months old now. It has been knocked off the table onto a hardwood floor about 1/2 dozen times now and had liquid spilled on it now probably 2-3 times and is still running good. All for the before tax price of $330 cnd dollars. (not including the 256GB M4 SSD in there)

The new one would be for the wife, and she's not that much better at taking care of her stuff than the kids (3 & 5) hence my resistance to spend more than $500. For me, I use my desktop :)
Life doesn't change after marriage, it changes after children!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 1 guest