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    What should I value; speed or number of cores?

    I'm planning to get a new laptop and I want it to be a long term asset. Problem is that I don't know jack about computers so what should I value in terms of specs for a CPU?

    Should I get a hexacore CPU even if it's slower than a quadcore CPU? What will give me the best performance for running PMDG's products?
    Angelo Busato

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    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/wind...g-games/%3famp

    You might need to consider overheating of a laptop. Not sure what others have experienced. I’ve read that they will throttle themselves when hot, which kinda defeats the purpose of the fancy laptop.

    But I use a desktop with plenty of air cooling and no over clock, so I haven’t experienced it...
    Mike Dryden

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      #3
      For running P3D or FSX the single core speed is most important. Six slower cores will not be better than four faster cores. Additional cores will give you more processing power but the critical processing path, which determines frame rate, only runs in one CPU core.

      In addition to the CPU you need to check the laptop has a good quality dedicated graphics card. Ideally an Nvidia or AMD card. Something by Intel won't be good enough. Also make sure you have sufficient RAM. P3Dv4 needs 8 GB min.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Kevin Hall View Post
        For running P3D or FSX the single core speed is most important. Six slower cores will not be better than four faster cores. Additional cores will give you more processing power but the critical processing path, which determines frame rate, only runs in one CPU core.

        In addition to the CPU you need to check the laptop has a good quality dedicated graphics card. Ideally an Nvidia or AMD card. Something by Intel won't be good enough. Also make sure you have sufficient RAM. P3Dv4 needs 8 GB min.
        So should I aim for 16GB of RAM to be on the safe side?
        Angelo Busato

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          #5
          its not just about how much ram you have or the speed of the CPU but the the value of them. For example, you can have 16GB of DDR3 1600mhz but 16GB of DDR4 at 3200mhz or higher will process faster. As for the processor, core speed is essential. You can have a 10 core cpu at 3.1Ghz ea or a 6 core at 4.4Ghz ea and the 6 core would beat the 10 core. Affinity Mask can help, but with CPU, raw power is a must.
          Michael Backes
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            #6
            Originally posted by killairbus View Post
            I'm planning to get a new laptop and I want it to be a long term asset. Problem is that I don't know jack about computers so what should I value in terms of specs for a CPU?

            Should I get a hexacore CPU even if it's slower than a quadcore CPU? What will give me the best performance for running PMDG's products?
            If budget allows than look no further that here very high specs machine and build like a battleship.You purchase this and you won’t have to upgrade for a looong time.
            https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GT75-Titan-8SX
            Danny Z.Cebis

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              #7
              Originally posted by elmucki View Post
              its not just about how much ram you have or the speed of the CPU but the the value of them. For example, you can have 16GB of DDR3 1600mhz but 16GB of DDR4 at 3200mhz or higher will process faster. As for the processor, core speed is essential. You can have a 10 core cpu at 3.1Ghz ea or a 6 core at 4.4Ghz ea and the 6 core would beat the 10 core. Affinity Mask can help, but with CPU, raw power is a must.
              What's the recommended RAM speed for the 747-8 on P3D?
              Angelo Busato

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                #8
                Originally posted by Ausflight View Post

                If budget allows than look no further that here very high specs machine and build like a battleship.You purchase this and you won’t have to upgrade for a looong time.
                https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GT75-Titan-8SX
                Does it have to be that overpowered? I'm not looking for 60fps or 4k, I'd much prefer something that can run at 30fps with weather and scenery addons at standard resolutions.
                Angelo Busato

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                  #9
                  No,it doesn’t have to be overpowered they sell them with lower specs you can choose.
                  This one is slightly lower specs.
                  https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GS75-Stealth-8SX
                  Last edited by Ausflight; 09Oct2019, 03:28.
                  Danny Z.Cebis

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by killairbus View Post

                    Does it have to be that overpowered? I'm not looking for 60fps or 4k, I'd much prefer something that can run at 30fps with weather and scenery addons at standard resolutions.
                    of course not, but if you want eye candy or piece of mind that your rig wont be outdated any time soon, then its worth a consideration.
                    Michael Backes
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by killairbus View Post
                      I'm planning to get a new laptop and I want it to be a long term asset. Problem is that I don't know jack about computers so what should I value in terms of specs for a CPU?

                      Should I get a hexacore CPU even if it's slower than a quadcore CPU? What will give me the best performance for running PMDG's products?
                      Angelo,

                      I am not aware of any laptop that will take a separate graphics card or be worth upgrading later, so it is likely you will end up being stuck with whatever graphics and CPU it comes with. I think one of the fundamental questions you need to ask yourself is what you want your new computer for.

                      If it is going to be used as your main or a substitute computer with occasional use for flight simming then a laptop might be suitable for you. But if you want it to be primarily for use as a gaming machine with FSX, P3D, XPlane or whatever then you should seriously consider getting a Desktop PC instead. I suggest you spend time doing your own research and if you decide to go down this latter route then consider buying or building a PC with the highest spec CPU, RAM and graphics card you can afford - and include one of the latest M2 type SSD's for the operating system. These storage discs have come down in price recently and the latest Gen4 ones are now available for use with some AMD motherboards. Good luck.
                      Michael Codd

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