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FSX Laptop (yes, it has to be a laptop)

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Hello everyone,

     I am looking for a new computer, and unfortunately it absolutely must be a laptop. Furthermore, it has to be a portable one, so no 18 inch monster laptops. I was thinking of buying an Alienware 14 with an i7-4900mq processor (2.8 ghz with 3.8 ghz on turbo) and an NVIDIA 765m. I know there are other gaming laptops with much better GPUs for a lot less money, but being for FSX, I was looking for the best CPU. Do you think this will be able to run FSX with the PMDG 737 on reasonable settings? My current computer has an i7-720qm and an ATI 5730m, and it cannot do the above. I believe that this computer should be at least 80% faster due to the increase in clock speed and 3 generations of CPU improvement. There should also be some additional benefits in cloud rendering because it is an NVIDIA card. What do you think? Can you think of a better laptop option that is both portable and from a reputable company? Thanks for the help!

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Yes, that laptop will run FSX decently. I opted for a lower screen res than 1080p for performance benefits. And be sure to get a SSD, laptop HDDs are crazy slow once they get some data on them.

 

Warning that you may not know that caused me to return a new Levono. Many laptops clock down(with no way to override it) their cpu and gpu WAY down when not plugged in, drastically reducing performance.

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That laptop looks good. The only thing...

 

 

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT EVER EVER EVER IN YOUR LIFE EVER EVER EVER get the model with the 1366x768 resolution. THAT RESOLUTION SUCKS, and it looks HORRIBLE on a 14" laptop. (I know because my family has a 15" with 1366x768 resolution... Everything looks huge.)

 

Also, make sure to get Windows 7 instead of 8. (Dell gives you a choice - thank god)

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to give you an idea of how well it would run.

 

I use an asus n55sf 15" with a i7 2760QM with gt555m at 1600x900 with 16x antiso and 16x AA, main drive SSD and a HDD instead of a CD drive. and its stunning. I run pmdg 737ngx, genx photo scenary and activesky with no problems at all I tend to use only complex autogen with low traffic though.

 

I did the fsxmark 11 benchmark with it recently.

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Thank you everyone for all the quick responses!

 

Does anyone have any experience with Xotic PC? I saw that Laptop Magazine recently reviewed one of their modified MSI laptops, and it seemed reasonable. Do you think that an i7-4800mq with nvidia 770m would work well too? I would only lose .1ghz, and would get a much better GPU. It might also be a little cheaper.

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My experience with xotic wasn't very good. I ordered a laptop from them like 3 years ago. A Sager 8280 or something like that, I forgot the model, it took them a month just to ship it and its been a paper weight ever since. It was top of the line when I ordered it. I sent it back twice because of freezing issues and BSOD. I wasn't even able to enjoy a flight on it. Not even surf the web. I do not recommend xotic pc to anyone!

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I do not recommend xotic pc to anyone!

Thanks. I think I will focus on the Alienware then.

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Thanks. I think I will focus on the Alienware then.

I would find another company honestly your paying for a brand name with them.

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I am using Macbook Pro 15" with i7 2.3 (3.3 Ghz Turbo) and 650M. It runs NGX on big airports around 20fps.

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After much research including all the models mentioned above I settled on this.

HORIZE  P170 EM  ( Clevo based )
17 " 1920x1080 res glossy screen
Intel Ivy Bridge i7-3920xm 2.9-3.8Ghz Turbo
nVidia Geforce GTX675MX  3GB GDDR5 Graphics
16GB 1600Mhz Ram (2 sticks)
I28GB 520 Series  SSD 550/520 Mbs Read/Write....Windows OS
480GB Intel SSD 550/520 Mbs Read/Write....FSX
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
FSX Gold

Windows on the small drive and FSX & ORBX  ftx Australia SP4 and ftx Pacific Northwest on the larger one.

With SimForums NickNs Win7 and FSX & cfg tuning guide applied, scenery maxed and autogen very dense, water 2xhigh, A1 ga traffic maxed, clouds and weather etc and FPS set at 30 I get consistantly smooth and stutter free flight.  

You can get the same specs in a 15" model for your portability.

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Awesome, congrats to you, donet!

 

I would have recommended my old Asus G73JH 17" 1920x1080 glossy, ATI 5870, 8 Gb Ram, i7 920XM CPU, a 500 Gb Seagate Momentus X, because this baby still rocks.

 

Looks good for the future with FSX on a notebook, with all the new hardware you can actually get good performance IMO.

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