07-26-2012 09:28 PM
Hi, I'm looking for a laptop for college that can also run some games. I'm not hoping to run Crysis on high or anything...I just want to be able to have Portal, TF2, etc. look moderately good and play without lag. I've found 2 laptops that look promising, but need help deciding.
First is the Z580 21512KU model (about $770 on Amazon):
-Intel Core_i5_3210M Processor 2.5GHz (3MB Cache)
-6 GB DIMM RAM
-750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
-NVIDIA GT630M 1GB DDR3
Then we have the Y570 ($750 on Lenovo's online shop):
-i7-2670QM Processor( 2.2GHz 1333MHz 6MB)
-8.0GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
-1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
-NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB
Which one will be able to run my games better? The Y570 seems like a better deal (larger hard drive, more RAM, i7 over i5), but I've heard that the .3 GHz difference in processor speed makes the i5 better. Is this true? Also, which graphics card will be better? All in all, which is a better bang for my buck?
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07-27-2012 06:39 AM
I was exactly in the same dilemma; they are both priced very similarly. I opted for z580 because of several reasons. Y570 gets hotter overal. The i7 processor makes absolutely no difference in games; it's only useful for video editing. The 555M graphics card in the Y570 is the nerfed version of the card, which makes it performance wise similar to the GT 630M:
(96 cores 753MHz (GF108), 128Bit GDDR5, e.g. Lenovo Y570p / Y560p)
The hood on the Z580 looks way better (personal preference).
The z580 has Ivy Bridge.
Also, the screen on the z580 is a little better (AUO vs SEC on Y570).
Bottom line: I'm very happy with my choice. Excellent build quality and decent performance. The screen is one of the best 1366x768 screens I've seen.
I've played the following games so far:
Crysis 2 on gamer settings, average 30 fps
shift 2 on high settings, 30-50 fps
max payne 3 on medium, average 30+ fps
the witcher 2, low settings, average 30 fps.
modern warfare 3, high 40 fps
Hope this helps
07-27-2012 11:35 AM
Np. For one thing, ram is cheap and easily upgradeable. Second, 6 gb is more than enough for everything except heavy video editing. You won't be using much more than half of it for the most part.
The HDD is also easily upgradeable, altough it's always nice to have a bigger HDD for the same money...