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Last seen 13 days ago.

— The original flagship for "no PCIE required" graphics cards. If you had a stock system back in the day and didn't have any extra power connectors to upgrade the integrated or low-end grapics, this was the ultimate release from Nvidia. 2 or 4GB of memory and reasonable clock speeds saw pretty good frame rates in competitive titles, with often 60FPS averages in AAA ones too. Nowdays its getting surpassed by higher-end iGPU's like the Ryzen's Vega 8 and 11, and trades blows with budget cards like the GT1030. If you can pick one up cheaply as of late 2019 then go for it, otherwise you're much better off buying a used GTX960 if you have additional PCIE connectors or a GTX1050 / Ti if you don't. There is also the new GTX1650 to consider, however if you're looking at a 750Ti then I'd assume this is out of your price range. Short version? Not a bad 720 or 900p card which excels at less demanding titles, just getting quite dated as of late 2019.

14 days ago.

— If you're after a good mobile processor (as of late 2019) then definitely check this thing out. Its a midrange 3rd gen Ryzen processor with 4 hyperthreaded cores running up to 3.7GHz, and bundled with integrated Vega graphics - both good things. There is a 3750H top-tier chip but it only has slightly higher clocks so unless its part of an overall package there is no real reason to go for it over the 3550H. My 3550 is inside an Asus 'TUF' laptop with a GTX1650 and 16GB DDR4 and these seem to pair nicely with the processor, holding down modern AAA titles at 1080p and high detail levels with ease. A stronger graphics card wouldn't be an issue, something like the 1660Ti for example, and that would make a really nice pairing for a reasonably compact and well priced laptop. Sure, its not a six or eight core beast but as a 4c8t part it will hold its own just fine for its intended usage. Overall I can't fault this processor.

16 days ago.

— Decent budget card, although not for retail prices. Plays e-sport titles at 1080p low to medium settings just fine, and capable of AAA titles in 1080p low or 720p medium depending on title. Overall nothing wrong with this card, just watch out for the DDR4 variants which have have the performance of the GDDR5 ones.

1 month ago.

— If you're stuck on a basic, newish laptop with a Celeron N-series processor then chances are you're using this integrated graphics. It runs along okay and will even boot some older AAA titles like CS:Source or Fallout 3 at 768p, but anything more advanced than that and it will struggle. Overall, considering it draws about 4W of power, the little N-series combined with HD500 graphics do pretty well.

1 month ago.

— The sweet-spot for budget gaming laptops, this Turing-based 4GB mobile-specific card has a 45%+ lead over the outgoing GTX1050 mobile unit. There's not much more to say here, that's a massive uplift in a package that, when it comes to retail prices, generally only costs slightly more. In real terms these cards offer excellent 1080p gaming on the go, with very playable results in most modern titles like PUBG, Apex Legends, Battlefield, and many more. If you're into slower titles like Civilisation, Fallout, or Kerbal Space Program then this thing won't even flinch. To cut a long story short, this is an excellent buy for the money and is best paired with a hyperthreaded quad core or 6-core processor, SSD/NVME drive and 16GB dual channel RAM. Luckily, this is what most manufacturers are offering. Highly recommended bang-for-the-buck card!

2 months ago.

— Great for the time but now a power hungry, outclassed behemoth, these things are good if you can pick them up cheap with a working board. That's the hard part, the X58 boards these run on are something of legend and command insane prices, especially considering their age and the fact that most have been heavily used. Again, if you can pick one up cheap with a working board consider it, if not then just jump on the Ryzen train.

3 months ago.

— Essentially a mobile i7-2600 this is a serious little chip for processing on the go. It sports a full 4 cores and 8 threads on the Sandy Bridge 32Nm architecture, with a 45W TDP and maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz. Although dated, launching in 2011, this is still a decent workhorse if you need a mobile CPU with raw processing power. Yes, it uses more power than its modern counterparts and does lag in single-thread speed, but it makes up for that with the full complement of cores and threads which deliver the brute force needed for editing and content creation on the go. Think of this as the muscle car of the laptop world - old, thirsty, heavy and hot-running, but still has solid performance worthy of respect.

3 months ago.

— Launched in 2010 on the 40Nm process, these Radeon mobile graphics are basic by today's standard - better than some integrated units of the last few years but any current processor will demolish it. It features 400 shaders, 20 texture units and 8 ROPs as well as 1GB of DDR3 on a 128-bit bus. TDP is 26W with clocks of 650 and 800MHz for core and memory. I got an overall score of 6.17% for mine in a Lenovo Ideapad, with the latest drivers and an overclock to 900MHz core and 1000MHz memory. In real terms this made running older titles like 'Fallout 3' a lot more pleasant, with smoother frames and much less detectable input lag. Overall? Comparatively terrible, but very acceptable if you're the owner of a cheap, used laptop!

3 months ago.

— If you're after low-power computing then this is a good, basic processor to get work done. Based on the 2016 14nm Apollo Lake architecture it is designed for mobile efficiency and comes in a range of laptops from budget to mid-tier. It uses about 4 to 6 watts under load (yes, four to six whole watts) and generally idles under 2 watts. It has four cores with four threads and has a 1.1GHz base clock with a 2.2GHz boost, with the included HD 500 series graphics boasting 12 execution units running at up to 700MHz, although information regarding this is limited given its budget application. If you're processing data then forget anything with this. Although possible, it'll take forever as you're limited to 256k of L1 and 2MB of L2 cache - no L3 at all. The included graphics won't help you here either. For everyday processing, or a cheap laptop for the kids, this is a decent processor but throw more than 2 or 3 basic tasks at it and it flounders. Anything more complex than everyday word processing, internet and multimedia is beyond it, but given that's what the majority of users will be doing this isn't an issue. The bonus? Ultra-light, thin and quiet latops with passive cooling and sub- $250USD price points. Not bad!

4 months ago.
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