AMD laptop performance?

Dustix

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Hey guys,
So right now Im looking for a laptop that's good for video editing and probably a bit of gaming,but mostly will be used for school. Im not really in need of a high end one, I have a desktop anyways so if there is an instance where I have to some heavy work, it won't be so much of a problem, But there are times that I have to do some urgent edits. I searched for some laptops on the interwebs that fits my needs and I stumbled on a Dell(pun intended) Inspiron 15 5000. It looks promising, Quad-core,dedicated GPU, touchscreen,etc, but I am uncertain about it having an AMD processor. I don't really have any experience on it and it would be a bummer if I got the wrong laptop.
 

dudeman509

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Unfortunately a lot of the AMD FX based laptops are throttled to a configurable TDP, and the manufacturers cheap out on cooling solutions and set the TDP lower than the chips optimally perform at, which makes them perform pretty terribly. This results in the APU having to juggle between CPU and GPU performance, and the CPU often throttles back.

I'd stick with Intel for a laptop. You'd be best off with a 4 core i5-6300HQ or something of the like for editing. The 2-core U-series chips wouldn't be great for editing, but they'd get the job done, and offer amazing battery life and don't make much heat when you're just using it as a normal laptop.
 

neieus

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As mentioned these laptops all carry Intel CPU's the only difference I see is that they all have Intel GPU's with with exception of the one with an AMD Radeon R5 M335 2GB DDR3.
 

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if your mostly using it for school, then you're better off with something like a acer e5 575g 53vg that has a 1080p screen, an core i5 6200u, 8gb of ddr4 2133, an nvidia 940mx with 2gb of gddr5 vram and a 256gb ssd for 549.99 on amazon. it gives you the best of both worlds in terms of battery life, causal video editing and light gaming. it will prob be better than the one you are looking at in everything from battery life to performance in the same price range for under 600 dollars. you will be very hard pressed to find a laptop that's better for under 600 dollars.
 

neieus

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Well I'd like to point out that this laptop is not running an AMD FX but instead an AMD APU so they are not the same at all. Otherwise I would still agree that an Intel based CPU laptop would be better off IF and only if it has some sort of GPU because it's pretty well known that AMD APU's perform better at gaming than Intel's internal GPU solutions.
 

dudeman509

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Many of their high-end laptop APU's are called FX. Like the FX-8800p or something of the sort. Then they've also got the A8, A10, etc. Blurs the lines a bit.
 
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