Great gaming laptop deal? P-6831FX 8800m GTS $1349

Discussion in 'Tech' started by Vashar, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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  2. Vashar

    Vashar New Member

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    My Gateway is still going strong. I haven't had to do any major maintenance and it's been running 24/7 just about. I turned on my old laptop and the old laptop's fans are so loud in comparison. I even managed to fill up the HD, but just moved a bunch off to an external HD. I hate how slow Vista is at transferring files. 10 MBs/s over USB 2.0 and 1 MB/s over wireless. I installed Directory Opus under stock certificate and I noticed a small increase in transfer speed.
  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    How would you rate the screen? Any stuck / dead pixels? How's the light bleed around it? The three week delay, and the way they've handled it, have really got me looking at alternatives. I know Dell is getting ready to pull the trigger on the Nvidia 8800 mid-range laptops.
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    Gateway P-6831FX Laptop Review - NotebookForums.com

    I see there's an MSP posting on this forum thread too. I couldn't give a reliable rating on the screen. I've not owned anything high end. No dead pixels. Lighting is pretty even. Never seen noticeable bleeding from any LCD I had (2 previous $1500 laptops Sony SDM-S73/B and Dell EFP19?).

    A little on the bright side. Cycling the preset brightness settings with Fn + F8 to the lowest one still too much for night.
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    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Yep, that would be me. I get around... :eek:
  6. Vashar

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    Reviving this old thread to talk about more issues about my laptop after 3 months of use.

    It's still in 100% working order, but has a full HD with only 20GB free has seen quite a few activities.

    + Plays Supreme Commander (a very resource hungry, primarily CPU, game) with very good framerate.
    - Will bog down while playing team games of SupCom due to poor CPU when there's 500+ units moving around or 1000+ on the map.
    - It's a space heater for sure. My room is the hottest one in my home.
    - The DVD-ROM drive has issues: it will hi-jack your computer when it is active and will steal all resources for the time it takes to spin up meaning whatever you were doing will pause (re-spinning during a SupCom game, which requires the disc to play, or the finalizing of a music CD).
    - It doesn't like to put itself to sleep automatically if a program is active... like a music player.
    = If you put it on Balanced or Power Saver mode (instead of Performance) there are hidden tweaks that will limit your hardware performance and will reduce your FPS in games (get half as high FPS... 40 down to 20).
    - The built-in mic only works if you install and load the crappy Cam Assistant software Gateway has (which has an annoying pop-up that comes out when you move your mouse to the edge of the screen).
    - Plugging in a mic only works if you choose what just got plugged into line-in.
    - eSATA port is only as fast as USB 2.0, possibly since it's USB powered.
    - Windows Explorer likes to randomly give folders different views. Even if I set up one folder to be exactly how I like it (detailed with certain column details and widths) and apply it to all folders, there will be a few that I encounter that will come up with random looks.


    Notice that a lot of my complaints are issues with Vista.


    I would use a better explorer like Directory Opus (used it on XP with my desktop) if I weren't cheap. I don't like Total Commander... haven't looked for any others.


    I'm thinking about buying a new CPU and upgrading the trash in this one. From what I researched, this will also improve memory performance, so memory will be the lowest Vista perf score at 5.1 or 5.2 instead of 4.8.
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    Yea. It's a benchmark you can use to compare to other systems. Not detailed for app/gaming performance, but a good general one.
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    I like xplorer². It's less than half the price of Directory Opus, and unlike DO the single license can be used on as many machines as you want (I've installed it on 4 so far and it hasn't complained). Don't think it has quite as many advanced features as DO, but it's still a very nice application. They also have a completely free version with some features removed, sadly including the excellent search interface.
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    I looked at xplorer² and it just made me miss DOpus more, so with a little work I just got DOpus to work on my laptop.
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    That's a bummer that you're having trouble, I've got virtually no complaints. Maybe it's the 400mhz difference in CPU speed, I dunno. And I've kept everything very stock, I just removed a ton of the shit that Gateway ships with it.

    The only thing on my agenda to replace is the hard drive at some point with a SSD drive to improve speed and battery life, but that's going to be a while. I have my eye set on at least the 128GB model and won't consider it until it's under $400. 2-3 years probably, at which point I'll be ready for a new laptop anyway.
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    I have a docking station-like setup at home with this laptop.

    It sits on an USB-powered laptop cooler $25 ($10 once I get the rebate) and is hooked up to a cheap desktop keyboard and mouse. I have a cheap $10 mic and Sennheiser HD-590 headphones and MX-100 earbuds handy. The little cloth thing that came with it, keeps the dust out of the laptop's keyboard and I just lift it if I need use any of the buttons on the laptop itself.

    I just bought a new OEM T9300 for $280 shipped. I should get a separate mic, an USB one with good noise cancel.


    I also have a $40 Logitech VX revolution wireless mouse that I have just for when I take the laptop out.

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  12. ThatHideousStrength

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    That's a nice setup. Ever since I started using laptops I don't care about desktops. Just seems like a waste for me now. Too bad I'm poor right now and it would be a waste anyways since I'm using my Macbook (with Windows XP Pro).
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    Upgraded my the old T5450 CPU with the latest T9300 ($280) just today.

    Pretty significant difference. Can't really say how much, but here's the vista perf difference if it helps:

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  14. MSP

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    That's awesome. With my T7250 (2ghz) I only get a 4.8.