Nvidia NVS 5200M and Intel HD 4600. Are these any good?


Mar 20, 2012
I might be on my way to purchase a Dell Latitude E6530 with a Intel Core i7-3720QM CPU and a nVidia NVS 5200M GDDR5 1GB GPU.

I've been researching this nvidia card and it's an entry-level business card. Will it be able to support 1080p well when hooked up to a TV while I'm streaming 10-bit color 1080p HD content from my desktop via HomeGroup?

Also, how does this card fare when gaming? I won't be using it much for games, just a bit curious if it could at least run modern games on low-medium settings.

I'm thinking about this laptop due to I'm learning programming and I want a computer that will last for a long time, about 5 years or so.

Just for more information, I will answer the laptop buyers FAQ:

1. What is your budget?
Not much of an issue. I'm dedicated to my education and wont be cheap when it comes to it.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
A minimum of 1920x1080

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

5. How much battery life do you need?
At least 5 hours or so

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Not really. Low-medium if anything

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Programming, Streaming to it while it's connected to a TV via HDMI (1080p)

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Not much. Want an SSD.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Not really. Just as long as they are from my country.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I find Dell laptops to have the best construction out of any consumer based laptops, while Lenovo and Samsung have good hardware for the price.

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Specs of the laptop I am thinking about:

Intel Core i7-3720QM (6M Cache, up to 3.60GHz)
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (2x4GB)
15.6" UltraSharp Full HD (1920x1080) LED screen
256GB Mobility Solid State Drive SSD
Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) & DVD disc
Keyboard with Icelandic letters and numpad.
DVD +/- RW drive & software
Intel 6300 (802.11 a/b/g/n) wireless network card.
Intel vPro Technology
Fingerprint reader & touch-free SmartCard reader
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
Built-in Dell 380 Bluetooth 4.0
9 Cell 87W/HR battery with 3 year warranty
Built-in Full HD webcam & microphone
90W AC power-supply/charger
nVidia NVS 5200M GDDR5 1GB graphics card with Optimus
Built-in HD sound card & speakers
Multi-touch TouchPad & Trackstick mouse
- RJ45, Gigabit Ethernet network card
- 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB/eSATA Combo. 2 x USB 3.0
- Input for headphones & microphone
- memory card reader & 54mm ExpressCard
- Docking connector, VGA, HDMI
- SmartCard reader (ready for electronic certifications)
Weight from 2.45kg (with 4-cell battery & airbay)
5 ára spare part warranty
The work of replacing the parts: 3 year warranty.

The website: https://www.advania.is/vefverslun/vara/Dell-Latitude-E6530-fartolva/

Don't be too shocked about the price. Iceland's economy isn't very good and the price stores put on some products are insanely over-priced, even after toll price and all other additions.

Cut the price by 1/3 or so and you might get the rough estimate of your own currency.

Thank you for your help.


Feb 14, 2014

is it better to use the nvidia nvs 5200m for gaming or hte integrated intel hd 4000?

Jos Krause

Apr 7, 2014

Is there any gimmick for turning on or enabling the NVS 5200M for this laptop? When I look at my Nvidia control panel it shows both my displays are connected to the onboard card and therefor that could explain why gaming performance is abysmal. TIA.