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    Portrable, gaming capable Laptop.

    Anybody got any ideas? note gaming-capable, rather than necessarily dedicated gaming rig.

    I'm looking to ideally keep weight circa 2kg, but something capable of playing games.
    Practically that means whatever is in approx 13" screen size and has discreet graphics.
    I'm not expecting a speed demon by any means.
    A few years ago I had an Asus U35JC and was pretty damn happy with it, but it was stolen after a few months.

    What I've found so far is the MSI GE40. It's a little pricey, but there may be a way around that with ordering from the US and retrofitting an SSD.

    There's some Asus models again that theoretically fit the bill, but nowhere seems to actually stock them.
    The Macbook Pro seems to have dropped discreet graphics from the 13" - that, combined with the price puts it out of contention.
    The Alienware 14" seems too big and heavy from descriptions, plus yuck, Alienware.
    Sony's website is broken, so I have no idea what they offer now (the old S series would have done the job).
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    "Gaming capable" = any decent ix-3xxx or ix-4xxx CPU really - their built-in GPU isn't terrible.

    Esp when you remember that 'discrete' laptop CPUs still suffer from the support issues (from the manuf. and from developers) which often leave you stranded anyway...

    Unless I had 650+ to spend, I'd be looking at an i5-3xxx system - mirroring it's HDD to an 840Evo and then using the original HDD as a backup - being happy with that setup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trjp View Post
    "Gaming capable" = any decent ix-3xxx or ix-4xxx CPU really - their built-in GPU isn't terrible.

    Esp when you remember that 'discrete' laptop CPUs still suffer from the support issues (from the manuf. and from developers) which often leave you stranded anyway...

    Unless I had 650+ to spend, I'd be looking at an i5-3xxx system - mirroring it's HDD to an 840Evo and then using the original HDD as a backup - being happy with that setup...
    Yep. I have a laptop with an i5-460m and a HD5650 and I have to use 2 year old drivers because HP refuse to update them. I actually use some drivers some Russian cobbled together because otherwise Orcs Must Die had rendering errors. Switchable graphics aren't really user friendly for my laptop. YMMV.

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    So, if anybody else comes to this:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/what...13-update.html

    Is a thread about lightweight gaming laptops.

    Reviews suggest that the earlier mentioned GE40 has a less than great screen - and the US import options don't look so attractive after VAT. Still a contender.

    The Gigabyte P34G looks amazing, but pretty expensive - and so far, the only UK stock is 2 of them at Overclockers.

    The MSI GS70 is interesting - like the Razer Blade, it's a huge 17" screen, but pretty light and thin. Expensive though, and not the right option at the end of the day.

    The leading contender right now is the Clevo w230st. The weird thing with this one though is that you can't buy it. Instead, it is provided barebones to local computer merchants, who spec it up and sell on.
    In the UK, your options are: PC Specialists Optimus V 13.3"; Overclocker's Piranha Gamer W230ST or the XMG P303 (also available in other parts of europe). PC Specialists have the cheapest prices, Overclockers the fastest turnaround and highest base spec. This one performs well and apparently has a great screen, however is loud and rather "cheap" finishing/build quality.

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    Well, having had 2 all weekend, Overclockers have shifted their 2 remaining P34Gs today.

    Not sure if I should be glad because it's saved me from spending 1200 on a laptop, or annoyed because its the one that I want when you get down to it.

    A bit of reading around suggests that this kind of "true" gaming laptop in the weight/form factor is pretty much only just possible, as a consequence of the new Haswell CPUs - they draw a lot less power, so you're getting i7-2700k performance out of a sub 2kg laptop. The specs are actually pretty competitive with the biggest, most expensive beasts out there - but the performance isn't quite as good, as heat dissipation issues mean that the ultraportable gamers have to throttle back quite a bit. Also, you don't get max performance on battery - the battery simply can't deliver the current (and if it could, you'd be flat in 30-50 minutes from full charge.

    The down side to all that is there's nothing cheaper really available. It's worth noting that the 630m class of graphics cards (roughly like what I had in my old Asus I guess) offer relatively little in performance benefits over the HD4600 graphics - which you get with the faster processors. You can get much better performance with AMD/nVidia discrete graphics on certain games though, due to driver optimizations.

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