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Offline TomToad

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Got a new laptop
« on: August 23, 2019, 10:42:17 PM »
Finally got a new laptop today.  Got this one https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NH.Q5VAA.001.
Haven't really pushed it yet, but it has done well with everything I tried with it, far better than my old laptop.  The only thing negative I have found is the keyboard.  The keyboard illuminates with red letters on black keys.  The problem is if I don't press a key for a while and the backlight goes out.  Red on black is difficult to read when not lit. So I need to press a non printing key (like one of the shift keys) to turn on the backlight so I can see what I'm typing.  My desktop also has an illuminating keyboard, but it is white on black so the keys are easier to see when not lit.

Other than that, it is doing very well. :)
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 02:46:55 AM »
Not a bad spec at all for the price :) - The 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 will serve you pretty well as that card is great for the price / performance ratio.

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The problem is if I don't press a key for a while and the backlight goes out

Isn't there any settings to keep the backlight on or perhaps a 3rd part utility?


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Offline TomToad

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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 04:29:05 AM »

Isn't there any settings to keep the backlight on or perhaps a 3rd part utility?

Yes, there is a setting, but I prefer not to have the light on all the time.
As for cost, I managed to get it for about $50 cheaper on sale, Making it one of the cheapest gaming laptops around.
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2019, 01:02:06 PM »
That is a nice laptop. when I eventually upgrade I think that's the sort of spec I'll be looking for . That computer is twice as good as mine at least but I have put together a few games with this one so am quite pleased form the money . Mines over a year old now and knock on wood it lasts me a while yet. Enjoy your new machine .
Just to let you know my machine is the HP stream 14 . Didn't really expect to be doing any 3d programming on it but it does just fine .

Offline Steve Elliott

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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2019, 03:02:10 PM »
That looks cool.   8)

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The GeForce GTX 1050 will serve you pretty well as that card is great for the price / performance ratio.

I totally agree, these days I don't go for the latest graphics card tech (even on a desktop system).  But the GTX 1050 is a great bang for your buck kinda card, and ensures a better chance of anything I write running well on more systems.
Windows 10, 64-bit, 16Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 3.2 GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2Gb).
MacOS Mojave, 64-bit, 8Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 2.3 Ghz, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB.
Linux Mint 19.1, 64-bit, 16Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 3.2 GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2Gb).
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Offline Rick Nasher

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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2019, 11:21:43 PM »
Hmm, interesting..

I've a new laptop with 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 too (Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580VD  to be precise).

My keyboard has white backlight that turns off after a while, but I really can't tell which key is which in the dark so I just press LeftCtrl as it's at bottom left and easiest to find.

Curious to see what FPS you manage to get in AGK as some people seemed to think it should be higher than the ~350FPS I'm getting with vSync off.
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2019, 12:34:58 AM »
@Rick: With no graphics being rendered, I average about 920 fps.  The tests that Qube posted a few weeks ago run about 250 fps for AGK classic, and about 420 fps for the Studio version.
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2019, 11:46:03 AM »
Here's my laptop.  Coming up to 2 years old now so pretty much out of stock everywhere.   :(

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GE72VR-Pro-412UK-17-3-Inch-Notebook/dp/B01N6OGMVV

Great laptop, but the only downside is the battery is bloody atrocious.  Lucky to get an hour off of a full charge.

And while we're on the subject of PCs, I just upgraded my desktop PC too:
MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk motherboard
Intel I9-9900K processor
8GB Nvidia RTX2070
32GB RAM (motherboard supports 4x32 but ran with 4x8 cos I don't want to get silly about it)
Corsair liquid CPU cooler *
Corsair RM850 modular PSU *
Corsair Obsidian 750D case *

Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe m.2 500GB
Samsung 840Pro SSD 120GB *
Western Digital 1TB HDD for video stuff *

MSI GK701 keyboard *
Logitech G502 mouse *

4+4TB NAS (RAID1) *

(* = upcycled from old PC).

*stops waving willy and puts it away* :))

Offline Rick Nasher

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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2019, 12:24:55 PM »
@Rick: With no graphics being rendered, I average about 920 fps.  The tests that Qube posted a few weeks ago run about 250 fps for AGK classic, and about 420 fps for the Studio version.

Well, not even getting close to, but can run F1-2019 no problem, except from the fact that it's getting pretty hot. However I didn't really buy it to play, rather than create so can't complain: still way better than my old HP and boss paid for it.
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2019, 04:23:02 PM »
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Great laptop, but the only downside is the battery is bloody atrocious.  Lucky to get an hour off of a full charge.

I really can't see the point of buying such a powerful laptop with a screen that large, because it will kill the battery and be so damn noisy when the fan kicks in as it overheats.  Quite happy with my 13 inch MacBook Pro for portable work.
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2019, 06:26:14 PM »
And I can't see the point of buying overpriced Apple junk, but each to their own.

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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2019, 07:25:40 PM »
And I can't see the point of buying overpriced Apple junk, but each to their own.

Could start a MCIBTYC flame war right there with that comment.

I happen to love "Apple junk" 

2 iMacs, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones and a Mac Mini in this house. I also have a Windows laptop that is so shoddy for a 2 year old computer it's unbelievable. The missus uses it when she wants to avoid my farting in the man cave but I won't touch the thing as it's so bloody slow. And I paid for it. Never have this issue with my "Apple junk" and so I don't care if it cost me a bit more money to buy it. One of the iMacs is now 9 years old and there's fuck all wrong with it.


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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2019, 09:53:06 PM »
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And I can't see the point of buying overpriced Apple junk, but each to their own.

Lol I agree, it was a Christmas Present.  I just needed a laptop with a good battery life for work, but also cross platform support as I already have a Windows and Linux System.
Windows 10, 64-bit, 16Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 3.2 GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2Gb).
MacOS Mojave, 64-bit, 8Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 2.3 Ghz, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB.
Linux Mint 19.1, 64-bit, 16Gb RAM, CPU Intel i5, 3.2 GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2Gb).
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2019, 10:34:57 PM »
And I can't see the point of buying overpriced Apple junk, but each to their own.
Odd you say that as I've found the iMac to be the best computer I've ever had, super reliable, no viruses and the Radeon RX 580 8GB is no slouch for games either. Talking of junk I can't stand that piece of junk they call Windows 10 :P
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Re: Got a new laptop
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2019, 10:48:56 PM »
Funny. I got this RTX 2070, along with a new Ryzen CPU for a fraction of what my iMac costed.
And the iMac is only about 3 years old and already can't play any modern games.
And I've never had any virus or problems with my PCs.
The second i start my iMac my head starts to hurt cause there's an update I need to restart for, and I need to re-enter my password for the Appstore and blah blah. :(
Trying to stick a new and faster SSD into the iMac was a hassle as well, almost turned me insane.
(it's still slow compared to my PC though.)
Keep it simple.