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#1 Aug 16 2010 at 11:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello, I was looking to buy a laptop to run FFXIV because I work out of town alot. I was looking around and saw an Asus laptop that might work. I don't really know alot about computers so if you guys could help me out I would really appreciate it. So here are the spec:

Brand Asus
# Hard Drive Capacity 1 TB
# Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute 7200 rpm
# Processor Cores 4
# Processor Speed 1.6 GHz
# Processor Type Intel Core i7 720QM
# Processor Cache 8 MB L2
# RAM 8GB DDR3
# Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
# Video Memory 1 GB GDDR5
# Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Thank you guys for your time and help. :)


#2 Aug 16 2010 at 11:34 AM Rating: Default
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Incredibly good laptop, and would definitely run FFXIV smooth as a baby's ***
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#3 Aug 16 2010 at 11:37 AM Rating: Good
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The processor is pretty slow and with a mobility card, you won't experience as good performance. Is there any way you can get a similar laptop with a faster processor?
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#4 Aug 16 2010 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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The processor is pretty slow and with a mobility card, you won't experience as good performance. Is there any way you can get a similar laptop with a faster processor?


I'd listen to him over me, to be honest. hahahahha
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#5 Aug 16 2010 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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I see it's an Asus. Any overclocking options available?

Processor is quite a ways down on this list.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7+720QM+%40+1.60GHz

Edited, Aug 16th 2010 1:43pm by Geffe
#6 Aug 16 2010 at 11:42 AM Rating: Good
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OP only thing I'd opt for in the laptop

would be a faster cpu.

I see its an I7 but i would suggest something that has at least a 2.0ghz+
processor otherwise you should be good.

is the asus a 15' lappy or a 17' desktop replacement?

I see ur on the road alot and i am assuming you need something on the lighter side.


I ran a 3300 score on a low res with an over clocked alienware M17X.

I am gonna build a desktop, but for mobile gaming i was happy to spend the money on the system.

My specs are

Intel I5 Q9000 @ 2.0Ghz quad core OC'd to 2.4 ghz
dual Nvidia 260M's OC'd 20%on all three core pocessors
4GB memory oc'd to 1600 Mhz (upgrading to 8GB when money allows)
250GB HDD
That should give you somewhat of an indication of what to expect for FFXIV

from the looks of it you should be in the 3-3500 score range on
stock settings.

Let me know the final build I am interested to see what some of the laptop players will be running.
#7 Aug 16 2010 at 11:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Im not sure as to what overclocking even is to be honest.
#8 Aug 16 2010 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Thank you guy for your help. Here is another with a higher processor.

Brand HP
# Processor Cores 4
# Processor Speed 1.60GHz (Turbo Boost Technology Up To 2.8GHz)
# Processor Type Intel Core i7 720QM
# RAM 8GB DDR3
# Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
# Video Memory 1024MB DDR3
# Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit



#9 Aug 16 2010 at 12:06 PM Rating: Good
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Get the G73. The 5870m is currently the best mobile solution for a notebook.

Mine has personally done 3700's low/2150ish no high. The GFX temps can climb up there, but the cooling solution keeps the bottom of the unit cool to the touch. Temps are all within spec for the hardware as well [GPU starts to throttle at 105c]

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I see its an I7 but i would suggest something that has at least a 2.0ghz+
processor otherwise you should be good.


The i7 has turbo technology which dynamically overclocks up to 2.8Ghz depending on how many cores are in use. It sounds low, but trust me it's not a slow machine by any means.

[btw, the HP and the Asus have the same processor, just the Graphics card on the HP is a weaker card.]

http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5571&review=asus+g73+g73jh

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Of course, comparing a notebook processor against desktop processors ;)

Edited, Aug 16th 2010 2:15pm by seneleron
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#10 Aug 16 2010 at 12:15 PM Rating: Decent
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You guys seem to be forgetting how turbo boost works on core i3/5/7. It changes the multiplier based on CPU load, you can easily hit 3 ghz on the first laptop you mentioned (sounds like what I have, an ASUS G73J). The difference between the mobility HD 5650 and mobility HD 5870 is pretty huge though, that'll be a massive deal breaker.

It's pretty hard to do better than an i7-720QM for a laptop, they sell for a lot and the performance increase just isn't that big. Here are all of the available Clarksfield processors (quad core mobility CPUs). 720QM is extremely common.



Edited, Aug 16th 2010 1:21pm by bsphil
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#11 Aug 16 2010 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
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So the first laptop is good? BTW its the Asus Intel Core Processor i7-720QM (G73JH-RCNX09) model.
#12 Aug 16 2010 at 12:26 PM Rating: Decent
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So the first laptop is good? BTW its the Asus Intel Core Processor i7-720QM (G73JH-RCNX09) model.
Yeah that's what I have, I'm happy with it. It could do better in FFXIV in high settings, but it's just about the best you can do for a mobility PC. I got about 3300 on low on the benchmark? Somewhere around there. Enough to play the game for me.

Plus if it runs FFXIV fairly, it'll run pretty much any other game on the market right now very well.

Edited, Aug 16th 2010 1:28pm by bsphil
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#13 Aug 16 2010 at 12:43 PM Rating: Good
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My only concern was the processor.

The rest of the system looked solid dre.


Overclocking is available within the bios.

I would stay away form HP laptops, for gaming . .. .

the Asus is your better bet.

or something like this

http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.asp?PRID=17560

this thing can be built into a beast. But also it is pricey

you can check out alienware also

there's another manufacturer that does high end gaming laptops also but their name eludes me.

I would certainly continue looking at Asus, however I have never been a big HP fan and would
shy away from their gaming solutions.
#14 Aug 16 2010 at 12:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok sounds good, I will keep looking around at Asus laptop. Thank you all for your help :)
#15 Aug 16 2010 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Speeral wrote:
That has the exact same CPU, a core i7-720QM, and it's already $700 more than the ASUS. Upgrading to the i7-820QM is another $300 on top of that...

Edited, Aug 16th 2010 2:07pm by bsphil
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