Ordered New Gaming Laptop

Anthony Palmer

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Hi all,

I'm awaiting the delivery of my new laptop it's spec's are as follows;

Octane Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790S (3.2GHz) 8MB Cache
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M - 6.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS (1 x POWERED) + 1 e-SATA/USB 3.0 PORT COMBINED

I've saved money on the build with because my existing Ram and SSD will transfer from my current laptop. I'm very excited to see the performance of the desktop CPU in the laptop.

Does anyone have any experience of desktop CPU's in laptops? and if so any tips on avoiding throttling and overheating?

Thanks
 

Anthony Palmer

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Go to the PCS website http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/octane-15/ you need to look at the configuration for the CPU for the processor I've chosen

 

herrwizo

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This looks very shady to me as well. Only desktop CPUs are available for selection in a laptop config?!? Something is just not right here.

Regardless, you opted for ONLY 4GB OF MEMORY. Without 8GB, you cannot even start most new games, and probably won't be able to play anything at all in a year or so.

Hard drive performance also leaves a lot to be desired - mechanical drives are pain by themselves, but laptop hard drives even more so. An SSD for a system drive would improve general windows startup/app loading/level loading performance by several orders of magnitude.
 

Anthony Palmer

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If you read the original post you'll see I mentioned that I've saved money because I already have 16gb of Ram and a 500gb SSD to install from my current laptop. As for being shady PCS is a well known supplier of custom laptops. I mainly asked here because I want advice on keeping temperatures low and avoiding throttling.

 

herrwizo

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Sorry, somehow I missed the part about your "old" memory and SSD. But take note, laptops can be quite problematic in terms of RAM compatibility, regardless of them being compatible "on paper".

As for the temperatures, if it were really a desktop CPU, my guess is it will throttle most of the time. Even lower-powered i7s often throttle in laptops. No idea what cooling they put into that thing, if it is even halfway efficient it will probably sound like a jet airplane...
 

Anthony Palmer

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My current laptop is less than a year old but with a broken screen and the RAM is the same as the new laptops being issued because I bought it 2months ago before the broken screen.. The SSD is a Samsung Evo 500gb which I've had no problems with so far.

This is the RAM I purchased worked out much cheaper than to have it added to the new build. It's the same RAM fortunately as they offered. http://www.amazon.co.uk/HyperX-Impact-16-SODIMM-Notebook/dp/B00KQCOV5C/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1424258023&sr=1-1&keywords=laptop+ram
 

Anthony Palmer

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Dispatch says it will arrive tomorrow. Once RAM and SSD are in and operating system is installed I plan on running some heavy benchmarking to test out its temps. I'm looking for a top range cooling pad to aid its temperatures. They've sent me a picture of it's cooling system inside the laptop it has dual fans so I'm hoping this helps but I'm interested in any tips people have to avoid these issues
 

Anthony Palmer

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I read all the reviews of these laptops before buying it and no one has any complaints about the CPU's as far as I can see.
this is the image they sent of its cooling system

 

Anthony Palmer

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if this is all you are going to contribute to this thread can you stop posting please. I've posted here to get helpful information and tips.
 

Anthony Palmer

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Yeah I was really reluctant until they sent me pics of the cooling system and I spoke with a few other people who'd bought them who have had no issues or complaints. I'm going to benchmark it heavily to see what kind of ranges the temps work at. Currently looking at Cooling pads now to find a really good one any suggestions I'll happily take on board
 

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Sorry to bump an oldish thread, just wondered how your temperatures were in the end?
 
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