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ZM Fong
post Yesterday, 05:07 PM

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QUOTE(dr4nr3b @ Jun 25 2019, 04:55 PM)
Which laptops do you recommend for both dgpu and vega igpu?

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25w MX230/MX150:
Acer Swift 3 SF314-54G-52L8 / 59WJ +RAM
HP Pavilion 15-CS1026TX +RAM+SSD, 15-CS2010TX +RAM - poor battery life
Lenovo Ideapad S340-14IWL 81N7006RMJ
Lenovo Ideapad S340-15IWL 81N80079MJ

MX130:
HP Pavilion 14-CE0082TX / CE0083TX - poor battery life

Vega 8/10:
Lenovo Thinkpad A485 customize - SSD/HDD only, must get 96Wh battery to get good battery life
Lenovo Thinkpad E495/595 customize - OKish battery life
Lenovo Thinkpad E485/585 customize - poor battery life
Lenovo Ideapad S540-14API 81NH000MMJ, 81NH000NMJ - SSD only, OKish battery life
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N60011MJ, 81N60012MJ - SSD only, OKish battery life

Personally I don't like Pavilion since they tend to have more QC issues even compared to budget line like Ideapad

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post Yesterday, 05:36 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 25 2019, 04:54 PM)
Preferred max weight in kg and min battery life in hours?

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Battery hour dont matter, max weight - as light as possible for my spec requirement, as i know super lightweight like ultrabook cannot play my games smoothly

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ZM Fong
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QUOTE(skzisghost @ Jun 25 2019, 05:36 PM)
Battery hour dont matter, max weight - as light as possible for my spec requirement, as i know super lightweight like ultrabook cannot play my games smoothly
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Illegear Raven SE (need to solve power limit issue manually) or Commandos Katana 5 (weaker CPU cooling)

Upgrade RAM/storage by yourself if the cost is cheaper

BTW there is no future proofing in laptops unless you go for highest spec / super expensive models with upgradeable CPU+GPU
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post Yesterday, 08:09 PM

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Curious is anyone has a hands-on or have more insight why choose one over the other in a comparison of these two ASUS laptops:

TUF 505DU (MSRP:RM4399)

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ROG Zephyrus G GA502 (MSRP: RM4999)

They seem quite evenly matched, only difference I can seem to tell off their website is the GA502 has an additional USB-C port and the 120Hz screen versus the TUF which is supposed to be more "tahan" to everyday use and knocks.

Aesthetics and look of the laptop itself isn't a major concern, as I value functionality and of course cooling/reliability for my workhorse laptop for work/play. And of course after-sales service should hopefully not totally suck as well would be ideal.


I'm currently still (barely) surviving on my 5-ish year old Lenovo Y510p but feel like it might be time to look for a replacement soon-ish.

Also open to other suggestions for similar range/specced laptops with good value for money from other brands as well for consideration.

Thanks for your time.

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ZM Fong
post Yesterday, 09:30 PM

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QUOTE(genecor @ Jun 25 2019, 08:09 PM)
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TUF is just a marketing bro...nothing such as more tahan. Tried it personally - feels cheap despite OK rigidity

GA502 cheap out on many things including cooling

That 120Hz panel is very poor - low sRGB, high response times, low brightness. Only Asus use it. Moreover, Asus QC+aftersales are also poor

What's your budget? Usage? Any preference on weight and battery life? No one can guarantee on reliability in consumer grade laptops fyi
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post Yesterday, 09:39 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 25 2019, 09:30 PM)
TUF is just a marketing bro...nothing such as more tahan. Tried it personally - feels cheap despite OK rigidity

GA502 cheap out on many things including cooling

That 120Hz panel is very poor - low sRGB, high response times, low brightness. Only Asus use it. Moreover, Asus QC+aftersales are also poor

What's your budget? Usage? Any preference on weight and battery life? No one can guarantee on reliability in consumer grade laptops fyi
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LOL yeah figured as much on TUF just being marketing buzzword, but thought I'll check it with you guys here.

Budget: Around RM4-4.5K (can stretch to RM5k if push comes to shove).
Size/weight: prefer to stick to 15.6" size max, weight is kinda flexible, battery life as long as decent I'm ok, I generally use my laptop plugged in like 90% of the time.

Using it mainly for productivity, I do/used to dabble in photo editing and still do some graphics (PS/AI) but no video editing. I would prefer if some light to moderate level gaming capability would be possible too.. I mean I can play Witcher 3 on my current Rig, but it sucks.. I'm realistic about the trade off in terms of graphic/performance and $$$.

as for the 120Hz display, good info.. not too important to me, as I'm not really into things like FPS or racing game per se.

Yeah. reliability is kinda luck and all, but if a brand offers extendable warranty, lagi best la.. but that one is a supplementary point for this discussion.

Look forward to your feedback.

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 23 2019, 11:22 PM)
depends on luck
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I though there is a list on some website like notebookcheck which list out 10 rma notebook.

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QUOTE(genecor @ Jun 25 2019, 09:39 PM)
Budget: Around RM4-4.5K (can stretch to RM5k if push comes to shove).
Size/weight: prefer to stick to 15.6" size max, weight is kinda flexible, battery life as long as decent I'm ok, I generally use my laptop plugged in like 90% of the time.

Using it mainly for productivity, I do/used to dabble in photo editing and still do some graphics (PS/AI) but no video editing. I would prefer if some light to moderate level gaming capability would be possible too.. I mean I can play Witcher 3 on my current Rig, but it sucks.. I'm realistic about the trade off in terms of graphic/performance and $$$.
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Mind low sRGB display? Are you a student? Fine with 1050TI GPU (which is older)?
genecor
post Today, 01:16 AM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 25 2019, 11:10 PM)
Mind low sRGB display? Are you a student? Fine with 1050TI GPU (which is older)?
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I think 1060 6Gb is my baseline or reference point for GPU side of things. Nah not a student, just not looking to blow thousands on a laptop at the moment. how low are we talking about in terms of sRGB though?

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QUOTE(genecor @ Jun 26 2019, 01:16 AM)
I think 1060 6Gb is my baseline or reference point for GPU side of things. Nah not a student, just not looking to blow thousands on a laptop at the moment. how low are we talking about in terms of sRGB though?
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Getting 1060 is a bit difficult for your budget...only option is Commandos Katana 5 (weak CPU cooling)

low sRGB is 50-60% range
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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 25 2019, 04:54 PM)

Illegear Raven / Raven SE (100% sRGB), need to fix power limit issue (if you want)
Commandos Katana 5 - weaker CPU cooling
If you're a student: Legion Y540 customize
If you don't mind low sRGB display: Level51 Forge 15

Fine with lower end GPU like 1050TI?
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Thank you for the recommendation. notworthy.gif
Mind if I ask what's the power limit issue face by Raven SE?
I would prefer to go for higher end GPU.

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 26 2019, 01:18 AM)
Getting 1060 is a bit difficult for your budget...only option is Commandos Katana 5 (weak CPU cooling)

low sRGB is 50-60% range
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Ok so let's see what options there are with low sRGB options that suit my budget, and what other options are just above my budget for the sake of conversation/consideration?
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post Today, 11:58 AM

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QUOTE(JP23 @ Jun 26 2019, 05:43 AM)
Thank you for the recommendation.  notworthy.gif
Mind if I ask what's the power limit issue face by Raven SE?
I would prefer to go for higher end GPU.
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Read my review to know more

So you want at least 1060 or higher GPU? Can increase budget further?
QUOTE(genecor @ Jun 26 2019, 07:10 AM)
Ok so let's see what options there are with low sRGB options that suit my budget, and what other options are just above my budget for the sake of conversation/consideration?
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Lenovo Legion Y530 81LB001GMJ - low sRGB

5k-5.5k:
Level51 Forge 15 Pro
Lenovo Legion Y540 81SX004WMJ
Illegear Rogue

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