HP Pavillion Gaming Laptop , is it worthy?

Pter Leonard

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I am getting a new system mostly for Adobe suit and casual gaming.
some video editing.
sRGB is quite important, so basically I am looking at either :

Spectre X360 with the HD520

or
HP Pavilion gaming lap with an external IPS monitor (with 100% sRGB)
http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/Laptops/hp-pavilion-15-non-touch-m0u61av-1

I've never owned a lap with a dedicated card, the HD series hasn't been that bad.
Is the difference really noticeable in performance?

The HP is sooooooo ugly but if its power is really that much greater then Il go for it.


 
Here are benchmarks in various games for the Intel 520 vs nvidia 950m. I've added the 970m - what many consider to be a "real" gaming card.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.13849.0.html?type=&sort=&deskornote=0&or=0&search=&month=&benchmark_values=&gpubenchmarks=0&professional=0&archive=1&dx=0&multiplegpus=0&showClassDescription=0&itemselect_5965=5965&itemselect_6158=6158&itemselect_6451=6451&condensed=0&showCount=0&showBars=0&showPercent=0&gameselect%5B%5D=373&gameselect%5B%5D=371&gameselect%5B%5D=368&gameselect%5B%5D=366&gameselect%5B%5D=361&gameselect%5B%5D=359&gameselect%5B%5D=355&gameselect%5B%5D=353&gameselect%5B%5D=351&gameselect%5B%5D=346&gameselect%5B%5D=344&gameselect%5B%5D=342&gameselect%5B%5D=336&gameselect%5B%5D=332&gameselect%5B%5D=334&gameselect%5B%5D=329&gameselect%5B%5D=316&gameselect%5B%5D=308&gameselect%5B%5D=297&gameselect%5B%5D=293&gameselect%5B%5D=263&gameselect%5B%5D=249&gameselect%5B%5D=217&gameselect%5B%5D=214&gameselect%5B%5D=204&gpu_fullname=1&codename=0&architecture=0&pixelshaders=0&vertexshaders=0&corespeed=0&shaderspeed=0&boostspeed=0&memoryspeed=0&memorybus=0&memorytype=0&directx=0&opengl=0&technology=0&daysold=0

I got a gaming laptop with a 970m (and about 95% sRGB). If I had it to do over though, I'd probably go with a thinner non-gaming laptop with longer battery life. Then get a desktop for gaming. If I really wanted to game on my laptop at home, I could do it on the desktop and display it on my laptop via Steam In Home Streaming. I'm not saying that's the best way to do it, just that there are other options than getting a gaming laptop. A low end GPU like a 940m would probably be enough for my gaming fix when I'm traveling.

The quad core CPU is nice when you need it, but it really kills battery life. The dual core in the X360 has a 15 Watt TDP vs. a 45 Watt TDP in the quad cores. And unlike a dGPU you can't turn it off. I've managed to eek out about 30 more minutes (from 4.25 hours to 4.75 hours) by turning off hyperthreading. But a lot of times I wish I could just shut down two cores entirely on my quad core and get 6-7 hours battery life.
 
Here are benchmarks in various games for the Intel 520 vs nvidia 950m. I've added the 970m - what many consider to be a "real" gaming card.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.13849.0.html?type=&sort=&deskornote=0&or=0&search=&month=&benchmark_values=&gpubenchmarks=0&professional=0&archive=1&dx=0&multiplegpus=0&showClassDescription=0&itemselect_5965=5965&itemselect_6158=6158&itemselect_6451=6451&condensed=0&showCount=0&showBars=0&showPercent=0&gameselect%5B%5D=373&gameselect%5B%5D=371&gameselect%5B%5D=368&gameselect%5B%5D=366&gameselect%5B%5D=361&gameselect%5B%5D=359&gameselect%5B%5D=355&gameselect%5B%5D=353&gameselect%5B%5D=351&gameselect%5B%5D=346&gameselect%5B%5D=344&gameselect%5B%5D=342&gameselect%5B%5D=336&gameselect%5B%5D=332&gameselect%5B%5D=334&gameselect%5B%5D=329&gameselect%5B%5D=316&gameselect%5B%5D=308&gameselect%5B%5D=297&gameselect%5B%5D=293&gameselect%5B%5D=263&gameselect%5B%5D=249&gameselect%5B%5D=217&gameselect%5B%5D=214&gameselect%5B%5D=204&gpu_fullname=1&codename=0&architecture=0&pixelshaders=0&vertexshaders=0&corespeed=0&shaderspeed=0&boostspeed=0&memoryspeed=0&memorybus=0&memorytype=0&directx=0&opengl=0&technology=0&daysold=0

I got a gaming laptop with a 970m (and about 95% sRGB). If I had it to do over though, I'd probably go with a thinner non-gaming laptop with longer battery life. Then get a desktop for gaming. If I really wanted to game on my laptop at home, I could do it on the desktop and display it on my laptop via Steam In Home Streaming. I'm not saying that's the best way to do it, just that there are other options than getting a gaming laptop. A low end GPU like a 940m would probably be enough for my gaming fix when I'm traveling.

The quad core CPU is nice when you need it, but it really kills battery life. The dual core in the X360 has a 15 Watt TDP vs. a 45 Watt TDP in the quad cores. And unlike a dGPU you can't turn it off. I've managed to eek out about 30 more minutes (from 4.25 hours to 4.75 hours) by turning off hyperthreading. But a lot of times I wish I could just shut down two cores entirely on my quad core and get 6-7 hours battery life.
 

Pter Leonard

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Hi, thanks for the answer, I do have a gaming PC already so gaming like you say is just quick a quick fix , I've been reading quite abit and it seems having the GTX is simply good for gaming, running adobe is CPU power, so it comes down to 6200U vs a 6300HQ , and that's about it.
 
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