23 months ago
Are there any non-gaming Laptops that come with an SSD + HDD combo and a gaming GPU?
(Probably should be in the Laptops subforum.)
What exactly do you mean? Are you looking for a laptop with the gaming grade GPU, SSD, etc. but not the 'l33t g4m3r' aesthetic?
Oops. Thought it didn't exist, hehe.
Yeah, something like that. Basically think of a Desktop Intel - Pentium-based build, with a GTX 1050 and 120GB SSD.
Maybe something like the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-84ZP? It depends on your budget, but I'd say start by looking for:
8th gen Intel CPU (If going for a smaller laptop, these added cores down the low power stack and are fairly impressive)
Nvidia MX150 (basically a GT 1030) or higher
Narrowing the search down like that should return a lot of options, then just ignore the ones with the gamer aesthetic.
Looks pretty good! Hopefully the price is fair in my country as well.
What do you want to use it for?
If you are not going to run games or any graphics intensive applications the integrated graphics chips suffice just fine, so no need for any dedicated GPU (let along a "gaming" GPU).
By the way, I hate that everything is branded "gaming" these days. I could game on my 20 years old PC yet no one was calling anything gaming. It's just a new tag to make things sale better. (The other overused word is "bottleneck"...)
I was asking my sister if she wants a new laptop, because she's mostly away with her current ones and hardly uses her desktop, and I'd like the HDD on it.
Practically it's just for browsing I guess, downloading, music, and maybe game on it a little bit. She has Sims 4 so I thought about a "gaming" GPU, as you put it. And an SSD just to run things faster.
Most recent integrated graphics in Intel CPUs can run SIMS on medium graphics. So if you want to save money, and she's fine with medium graphics on 720p, a GPU is not a must. :)
You can google the SIMS version she plays with various integrated graphics, e.g this or this video.
Well, when she played on her desktop she had a GTX 640, so I'll find the comparison between the two later
What about an SSD?
Windows is ****.
My girlfriend has a laptop she uses sometimes (a few times in a month). It has a HDD, and usually, she can't use it properly for 15-30 minutes after turning it on. Why? Because Windows is utilizing the storage 100%. Anything tries to read/write gets in a queue and that makes the laptop totally slow (even though the CPU is used only 5% and the RAM is less than 50% utilized).
I tried to shut down separate services on her laptop that uses the storage to its maximum utilization, but that's not enough all the time. Having an SSD would result in these storage bottlenecks to be less frequent or last for a significantly shorter time.
On the other hand, if someone uses her laptop regularly, these problems would also be less frequent, as I'm pretty sure, due to the infrequent usage, every time my girlfriend turns on her laptop, it tries to check for viruses, download updates (not only for Windows) and what not and all of these stress the HDD...
So shall you get an SSD? If you're going the budget way, you can get away without one. If you want her not to have any issues, you should probably get one (but then get a laptop with a GPU as well :D).
So it's either a "gaming" laptop or a simple one with HDD issues?
This topic has been moved from "General > General Discussion" to "Systems > Laptops".
The dell XPS 15 is one non gaming laptop with gaming hardware