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Adata - 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - 1TB SSD - $1,299.99 at Best Buy


#1 CheapyD   Head Cheap Ass Administrators   17955 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 July 2020 - 03:13 PM

Adata - 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - 1TB SSD

 

$400 off

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=6413249



#2 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7936 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:48 PM

I like that CheapyD has enough confidence in me that he thinks that I can afford this computer even with the discount. 



#3 Kamagii   Ninja Gaiden speedrunner CAGiversary!   3505 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:01 AM

holy crap 32gb of ram quite possibly the best future proofed laptop



#4 spicoli420   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   990 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:49 AM

I purchased this MSI laptop at Costco and couldn't be happier. Every game I've tested so far is at max settings and runs smooooth. Might be able to find one in store since online has been out of stock for quite some time. 

 

https://www.costco.c....100568605.html


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#5 Freeze Time  

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 07:48 AM

I purchased this MSI laptop at Costco and couldn't be happier. Every game I've tested so far is at max settings and runs smooooth. Might be able to find one in store since online has been out of stock for quite some time.

https://www.costco.c....100568605.html


I'm in the market for a 17-inch laptop but I'm assuming you paid like $1,200 for that. I don't need one as powerful as that. A 1060 card will probably be enough for my gaming needs. Just want to be able to play pretty much all the free epic and twitch prime games. Don't really want to spend more than $500 or so.

#6 SRL1  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:36 PM

too rich for my blood. might as well build or buy an gaming desktop.



#7 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   23553 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 02:41 PM

I recommend people avoid Intel's recent generations of the i7 laptop CPUs. The 8750h, 9750h and 10750h are mini-nuclear reactors (and the 9750 is basically a re-badged 8750). They run insanely hot and most laptops are too small to handle the thermals with their cooling systems and these processors just end up throttling themselves so you'll never get the full performance. 

 

I have a MSI GE63 with a i7 9750h and a RTX 2060 and thought something was wrong with my laptop but after much research, found this was the norm. The processor basically performs at the advertised levels for 5-10 seconds during gaming before the heat results in it self throttling and I'm stuck with i5 levels of performance. 

 

I'd also suggest looking at something with an AMD processor. Their recent processors have destroyed Intel in most cases and run much cooler. They're still pretty rare since Intel has a handle on the market (especially the high performance market) but I've seen so many deals in i7 backed laptops that I think manufacturers are trying to dump stock. 



#8 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25862 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:46 PM

holy crap 32gb of ram quite possibly the best future proofed laptop

On the RAM-front, yes.

 

The 1660 card is a GTX, not RTX - so it's not entirely "future-proofed" out-the-box.

2060 would've been a better card in here for "future-proofing", TBH.

 

Though, this does come w/ Thunderbolt 3 port - so, you could "future-proof" with a external-GPU set-up through there, if you're willing to spend the $ and go that route.

 

Though, this laptop was cheaper by $100 a few days ago.



#9 rlse9   Changos! CAGiversary!   952 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:53 PM

I recommend people avoid Intel's recent generations of the i7 laptop CPUs. The 8750h, 9750h and 10750h are mini-nuclear reactors (and the 9750 is basically a re-badged 8750). They run insanely hot and most laptops are too small to handle the thermals with their cooling systems and these processors just end up throttling themselves so you'll never get the full performance. 

 

I have a MSI GE63 with a i7 9750h and a RTX 2060 and thought something was wrong with my laptop but after much research, found this was the norm. The processor basically performs at the advertised levels for 5-10 seconds during gaming before the heat results in it self throttling and I'm stuck with i5 levels of performance.

This is a good point, the i7s run insanely hot.

 

Have you tried undervolting the CPU?  It has made a world of difference on my laptop.  Went from fans constantly running at full speed and still hitting max temperatures all the time (even when using programs that don't stress the CPU) to slightly cooler (still far too hot but better) and without fans constantly blasting.  I haven't looked at how much of a difference it's making during gaming but during everyday use it has made a huge difference.
 



#10 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5550 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:55 PM

Some day, I'll be able to afford this. 



#11 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   23553 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 July 2020 - 05:43 PM

This is a good point, the i7s run insanely hot.

 

Have you tried undervolting the CPU?  It has made a world of difference on my laptop.  Went from fans constantly running at full speed and still hitting max temperatures all the time (even when using programs that don't stress the CPU) to slightly cooler (still far too hot but better) and without fans constantly blasting.  I haven't looked at how much of a difference it's making during gaming but during everyday use it has made a huge difference.
 

I did but it's possible I didn't do it right. I'm not super smart when it comes to computer but know enough to be able to figure out undervolting on paper but when I did it, I couldn't get my system to a seeming stable point with temp drops I liked. I was only able to get it down -.11v and my temps averaged from 99C to 95C in Witcher III maxed out  (the one game I wanted to play maxed for the full experience) under load. It was good but still did not like the idea of my temps going above 90F. I replaced the thermal paste (which, granted, seemed pretty poorly done on what's supposed to be a enthusiast gaming model for MSI) with MX-4 and that let me hit 90F. This ran fine but my temps still occasionally hit 95F/99F... 

Ultimately what I found worked based was for me to just use MSI's Afterburner and have my settings to be in 2nd most powerful setting (Sport) instead of the most powerful setting and now my temps never go above 93F and my average is around 85. Performance didn't take a hit on Witcher III but not sure the same would be true for newer games but luckily, most PC games I want to play aren't super CPU intensive I don't think. 



#12 DanteWarrior   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1384 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 12:08 AM

For a moment, I thought I was on RichAssGamer



#13 daring  

Posted 29 July 2020 - 12:42 AM

^ you are, your just on the wrong side of the team, making cheadderD richer with every-click.



#14 Zantra  

Posted 29 July 2020 - 09:04 AM

I must have fell through a wormhole and ended up in the mirror universe. Is this RichAssGamer.com?



#15 Zantra  

Posted 29 July 2020 - 09:06 AM

This is the one reason why I constantly choose consoles over PCs. When I buy a console, I know that I will get 5 to 10 years of games that are compatible with the system, and will mostly run perfectly on the device. PC and Smartphone technology evolves too fast, and a year or two after you buy one, it's already completely obsolete, unless you are fine with playing older games, or spending a small fortune on a new one.



#16 MysterD   39 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   25862 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 29 July 2020 - 10:44 AM

This is the one reason why I constantly choose consoles over PCs. When I buy a console, I know that I will get 5 to 10 years of games that are compatible with the system, and will mostly run perfectly on the device. PC and Smartphone technology evolves too fast, and a year or two after you buy one, it's already completely obsolete, unless you are fine with playing older games, or spending a small fortune on a new one.

I built a desktop PC myself in 2011 (i7 950; 8GB RAM; 560 Ti; W7 x64). It still can run many games - after some upgrades (now has i7 950 still; 16 GB RAM; GTX 960; still on W7 x64). If you do it a built right or buy PC properly, this should not be an issue. Basically, you can have a rockstar these days, if you spend $1000-2000. You have to buy & build at the right time, pretty much - which is often when a new console generation rolls around.

 

I've upgraded a few times this PC, which will happen while you have a PC; you'll need to do it. Around year 4-5, just like on a console - things began to get stiff. A few changes/upgrades should solve it. So, I added more RAM (jumped from 8GB originally later to 16GB) and have changed video cards (started with a 1GB GTX 560 Ti; and later jumped to a 4GB GTX 960 for around $220 or so; and then I got a GTX 970 so cheap for $100 from someone that I knew, so I upgraded to that - or I'd probably still use the 960). I jumped on the 960 when Batman: AK came out (around June 2015).

 

I'm done now w/ upgrading that old and aging rig. I have never changed the CPU here (i7 950). So, I'm finally due for a new desktop. It was when I picked up AC: Origins (Gold Edition - got that for a little over $20, a few years back), that I finally realized this rig was being tested - as that game was running at 1080p at 25-30fps at Medium settings (i.e. typical console quality, more or less; I aim for 108060fps normally).

 

Consoles have extended PC life big time. In a sense, those systems hold the PC back, from fully reaching its full potential. But in another way - my system lasted way longer, this go around - which was fantastic. Intel and they way they refresh their CPU's the last 10 years or so - yeah, it's really made stuff last a long time, if you buy or build properly. In the old days (i.e. 1990's to early 2000's), a PC like this never would've lasted this long.

 

I bought a $1000 laptop 2 years ago. SC15 laptop. It was normally $2000 - so, I knew my PC was getting old then, so I shrugged my shoulders and said "What the heck?" These days, I run a lot of newer titles on that to get that 1080p60fps or better.

 

I barely spend a lot of money on PC games per title. Most games, come from Bundles, sales, or whatnot. I barely spend $20 or bigger name titles - once and a while, namely. Most I probably spent lately was $30 for AC: Odyssey Gold - and that's a Complete Edition with everything (Base game, Season Pass, and also comes w/ AC3 Remastered & AC Lib HD).

 

I have over 2000 games on Steam. Doesn't include other services either - such as GOG, Origin, UPlay, Epic Store, etc.

 

I can't remember the last time I actually spent MSRP or more on a game (i.e. $50 to 60 MSRP or more). Well, I actually can - back in 2011, Witcher 2; the PC that I actually built this PC originally for. And the first title for this desktop. Even then, I think I spent like $45 on so on the pre-order.

 

So, instead of blowing money on say $60-120 MSRP games on Day 1 ($60 is often for MSRP Day 1; anywhere from $100-$120 is often Gold Edition prices w/ Base Game & Season Pass) - when need be, I just sink money into hardware, when it needs it.
 

I also pay $5 a month for PC Game Pass. I've played Gears 5, Metro Exodus, The Outer Worlds on Day 1. Wolfenstein II TNC, Wolfenstein Youngblood, No Man's Sky, Halo Reach, Halo 2, etc etc - these are other games I've played on Game Pass when they were on it...and didn't have to really drop any big coin on those either. If I need them (as sometimes DLC's don't hit Game Pass for 3rd party games), I'll just grab them cheap later.



#17 billyrox   Old Man CAGiversary!   3228 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:14 AM

What do you guys think about this vs the Zephyrus g14?  



#18 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   23553 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:00 PM

What do you guys think about this vs the Zephyrus g14?  

Depends on the specs but it looks like they use Ryzen processors so that's a plus in my book. The main draw of this laptop is that it has a huge SSD and lots of RAM which some games need (I think mainly battle royale games) but otherwise, 32GB ram is overkill I think. 

 

But my last two gaming laptops were Asus ROGs, the G74SX and GL751, which were the big bulky gaming laptops and I loved both... outside of hauling them around obviously but their cooling was top notch. Build quality felt great too and both ran without issue over the years I had them. Before my current MSI GE63, I was looking at another ASUS but by then, they seemed to have moved away from the bulky design and settled on the more traditional thin/slim design profiles most people want. 



#19 THT   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   101 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:39 AM

I purchased this MSI laptop at Costco and couldn't be happier. Every game I've tested so far is at max settings and runs smooooth. Might be able to find one in store since online has been out of stock for quite some time. 

 

https://www.costco.c....100568605.html

I got the same laptop in April and am loving it. Similarly, I've ran so many games on max settings and it runs everything without a hiccup. I installed a second SSD into it, so I am now running the 512GB SSD for OS, standard hard drive for media or apps I don't use that frequently, and then the second SSD for gaming.