My new laptop arrived yesterday and I finally got all my downloads done. Seems to run XIV great in windowed mode at high settings.
i7 3610 QM
12 GB Ram (should help with a few of my RTSs and work files, I think it comes stock with 6 or 8)
GTX 670M (some people will say to get the 660M because it's Kepler instead of Fermi but the 670 is still 15-20% faster for the same price even if it's slightly hotter)
7200 RPM HDD (I didn't get the SSD hybrid because this isn't a primary gaming solution)
Anyway the biggest problem with this laptop is that nvidia hasn't released drivers yet... so I never thought I'd say it, but the 670M currently runs XIV on Med-High (depending on window size, I'm still playing around with that bit) settings BETTER than DIII on Low-Med settings. Although I don't think it's anything a driver won't fix since the Intel HD4000 runs DIII better on Med than the 670.
You can build the laptop for just over 1200 bucks and I'd expect it to fall into the 900 dollar zone over the next few months. If you do get a Sager, go through xocticpc instead of directly through Sager. Theres a few extra options they have and it should be cheaper and actually have good tech support. The other good thing is that the 670M is user upgradeable so I know for sure I can throw in the 675M and possibly future gen stuff as well... HOWEVER mobile GPUs go for up to and sometimes over double their similarly numbered desktop counterparts on ebay unless you snag a good deal.
If I have time I'll run FRAPS to see what the results are, but I'd expect max frames to be around 50 and min around 25-30. I haven't fought anything as I'm still fine tuning my settings but I did run through Ul'Dah with 0 slow down.
*EDIT* Ok did some testing, A mix of Standard and High settings @ 1920x1080 is a stutter fest in Ul'Dah windowed, but no issues soloing mobs on BLM. I settled on 1680x1050 for windowed mode with 4xAA and all settings at Standard except Texture which is set to High. FRAPS is reporting 48FPS in Ul'Dah but it's still a stutter fest, so I'm guessing it's a combination of the HDD, my crap ISP, and possibly a driver issue with some stupid Intel data booster that came built in with the Sager. Outside fighting mobs in levequests with about 6 other players and maybe 30+ mobs I'm fluctuating between 36 and 59 FPS. I suspect that things will improve WHEN Nvidia releases drivers for the "higher" end (yes I know alot of the 6m series is rebranded 5XX and possibly even 4XX parts overclocked) mobile cards. There's also a possiblity I haven't fully diabled Optimus but I don't think that's the issue.
Anyway, I'm happy with the laptop. Good enough to get my fix while in between homes or visiting family, and when I finally get my gaming rig back (it's on a boat somewhere between the UK and the US) it'll be able to play a RTS or something on and I can dink around in XIV on full screen with higher settings ^.^ Hope this helps a bit.
Edited, May 31st 2012 3:42pm by Perrin
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