Hello everyone, I'm about to purchase a new laptop and the big question I wanted to ask was, is the processor more important than the GPU when wanting to use this emulator?
I'm asking because laptop I'm getting has the NVIDIA 650M GPU but I'm only getting an i5 core; specifically: 3rd generation Intel® Core i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz), which I believe is the new Ivy Bridge.
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07-24-2012, 06:34 AM
(This post was last modified: 07-24-2012, 06:34 AM by touchtoplay.)
Thanks for all the answers guys! I know you get this question a lot but can you rate my ability to run the emulator based on the info from my first post?
I prefer performance over visual quality, so I'd happily turn down graphical settings for better frames. I know some games will be different from others, but can you give me a general analysis?
EDIT: Will also be 6GB's of RAM if that matters any.
Thanks for the reply, just out of curiosity and speculation's sake, how much better would it run on a 3rd generation Intel® Core i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache), which is also Ivy Bridge and a quad core? Won't be spending the extra cash to make the upgrade but I would just like to know.
Also, thanks for the heads-up about the heat; I'll be sure to limit and keep an eye on my playtime.
I would think you'd see a noticeable boost from the i7. Dunno if the i5 is quad, but since the i7 is you would benefit from the MTVU in the SVN.
I recommend you to get the 3210M over the 3610QM. i5 and i7 are the "brand name", and doesn't matter. What you need to care are the processor specs. PCSX2 uses 2 processor cores, and it loves a high speed dual-core CPU, not a low-speed quad-core one. So the 3210M is the winner.
The MTVU hacks in recent builds of PCSX2 utilizes the 3rd processor core, but for most games I have, the CPU usage for MTVU thread is low. And generally you gain 30% speed boost with it. The 3210M clock speed is higher (2.5 Ghz) plus tubo boost to 2.9 Ghz so perhaps you don't need MTVU. Quad-core CPUs such as the 3610QM have some trouble with turbo boost, so don't expect it boosts to 3.3 Ghz as the Intel product page states. Anyway, you can use MTVU with the 3210M as well since it has Hyperthreading.
I currently use a quad-core CPU. I thought it was powerful when I bought my laptop. Now if you ask me, it is useless in most applications.
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