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HP Laptop: 7th Gen AMD A12-9700P 2.5 GHz/Turbo 3.4GHz Quad-Core, 15.6" (1366x768) LED, 6GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Radeon R7, HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi-N, DVDRW, 3-cell, Win 10 (Black) $299.99 Expired
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It just says radeon R7, Is that the GPU? If it is witch version of R7 is it?
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It just says radeon R7, Is that the GPU? If it is witch version of R7 is it?
I believe it has an amd fx 7500 r7 processor

These are not top of the line for gaming but the do run a good bit of games and even some high end ones if you turn some settings down.

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this performs more like a desktop a6, not even like an a8. being 15 watt really hurts it.

calling it an a12 when a8 and a10 on older architectures running at 45 watts beats it is rather misleading.
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This looks a lot better than my A6-3400M.

A6-3400M [cpubenchmark.net]
A12-9700P [cpubenchmark.net]

But I think I will wait for Ryzen mobile.
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AMD CPU will use much more power and generate more heat than Intel.
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AMD CPU will use much more power and generate more heat than Intel.
I guess everyone should get an Intel Core M, huh? What are those, three times more expensive?

This is a 15 W TDP chip. It's not going to give your lap third degree burns.
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This is an APU with the CPU/GPU SOC.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD...724.0.html

Passmark is around that of the i3-7100 and the R7 is on par with a GeForce 920mx so don't expect much beyond basic low settings gaming.

Good budget laptop for the basics, however, I think i'd spend the extra $50 and get the Acer i3-7100 w/ 1080p display on Amazon right now [amazon.com]. The 1366x768 resolution on this HP would be a deal breaker IMHO.
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this performs more like a desktop a6, not even like an a8. being 15 watt really hurts it.

calling it an a12 when a8 and a10 on older architectures running at 45 watts beats it is rather misleading.
Thanks for your clarification. PC architecture has changed so much since the days of 286, 386, 486 it's no longer obvious when one platform is superior to another.
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AMD CPU will use much more power and generate more heat than Intel.
That's a misleading and, not entirely accurate, statement. Bulldozer (and it's following architectures) was a bad product. Software programming just never went the multi-threading way in the way that AMD predicted...that and the product had other problems.

But if you've looked up anything about AMD's new Ryzen CPU, it's on par with Intel for heat/performance, winning some battles and losing others.

Now I don't recommend anyone buy this product, as it's from AMD's older disappointing product line. But to blanket AMD like that when the data is out there disproving your statement isn't fair.
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This is an APU with the CPU/GPU SOC.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD...724.0.html

Passmark is around that of the i3-7100 and the R7 is on par with a GeForce 920mx so don't expect much beyond basic low settings gaming.

Good budget laptop for the basics, however, I think i'd spend the extra $50 and get the Acer i3-7100 w/ 1080p display on Amazon right now [amazon.com]. The 1366x768 resolution on this HP would be a deal breaker IMHO.
I appreciate that you cite notebookcheck. I'm very much against the use of Passmark. I personally think it's a terrible benchmark that does almost nothing to predict real world performance (How often does an i7 DOUBLE an i5? Passmark gives 100% bonus for hyperthreading).

I also agree with your opinion the screen resolution. I can't ever recommend 1366x768 these days.
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Thanks for your clarification. PC architecture has changed so much since the days of 286, 386, 486 it's no longer obvious when one platform is superior to another.
If you want to compare CPU's go to Notebookcheck: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Mob...436.0.html
It even includes plenty of desktop CPUs if you want to compare those.

If you want to compare mobile graphics cards (GPUs), go to Notebookcheck also: https://www.notebookcheck.net/mob...844.0.html
That link is not helpful for desktop graphics.

These resources are MUCH better than Passmark and provide a nice summary of every chip and what architectures it comes from and compares to.
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I believe it has an amd fx 7500 r7 processor

These are not top of the line for gaming but the do run a good bit of games and even some high end ones if you turn some settings down.
world of warcraft?
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world of warcraft?
Oh for sure, 100% dude

I've seen 56.3 FPS at 1920x1080 and 66.5 FPS running at 1600x900

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