Originally Posted by Deegraww
Hey everyone long time reader first time poster lol. I'm looking for some information on the Gateway 7422GX laptop. I'm a gamer looking for something that I can play SWG on without being stuck at my desk. I'm also into web design and internet surfing.
I looked around and found this gateway and wanted to ask you all some questions.
1.) How does the 64MB with GIG of ram run games like SWG/WOW/EQ2?
2.) If the price is right would it be worth it to upgrade the GPU to 128mb's?
3.) How is the battery life, Keypad heating and fans on this model?
These are just some basic questions if you guys have any other information that you think I should know about please feel free to post it i'm new to this forum as well as the laptop world.
1. Runs good on SWG and WoW.....I'm a EQ2 hater so I donno
2. As stated not customizable but IMO the 9550 card can be overclocked pretty good. This doesnt help get more ram but it helps gaming performance alot. If you decide on something for 128 Vram, make sure it isnt running 64bit instead if the 9550 running 128bit. I believe a 128 meg card with 64bit runs slower than a 64 meg at 128bit.
3. As stated 2-2 1/2 hours if your doing things, maybe upwards of 3 hours if your just surfing the net.
You can build laptops at some places and make some kick arse laptops but your lookin at least $2,000 for a lower end custom gaming machine and about 3,000 or more for an ultimate one. Where as the 7422GX is only $1,400 or less if its on sale. If you compare its specs with other laptops you'll see it's better than most 2,000 laptops.
DVD burner with multi format- most laptops dont have a DVD burner much less a Multiformat DVD burner.
1gig of ram-Only a few laptops under $2,000 offer that
Widescreen-More compaines are gearing to it but there still aren't alot
AMD64 3400+ - Kick ass processor that out performs a P4 3.4 gig with HT by 12% and costs less. When Windows 64 comes out it will rip intel chips apart even more.
1600 mhz bus - Intels only at 800 mhz on really high end laptops, more likely with a intel based laptop its only 533 mhz bus.
Supports all network types besides "a" wireless - Most laptops dont have a 56k modem, for good reason. But none the less more for your money and if you absolutly HAVE to connect and dont have a wireless or LAN. With a "a" wireless network, I don't think many people use "a". All the buildings at my old college had wireless access in "b" or "g" anywhere in the building.
Only 1 problem that I see - Your right it only has 64 Vram vs a 128 system, but alota people dont read the fine print of the specs on the 128 and see it runs in crappy 64bit mode. Which is what they hope happens, people say pfft 128 is 2x better than 64 and buy their 128 low quality card. It's gonna cost a good chunk of $$$ to get a 128 meg card in 128bit for a laptop.
So it comes down to.
Are you willing to pay $1,000 - $1,500 MORE for 64 megs of Vram? Thats some expensive freakin ram in my opinion.
Did I pretty much cover everything?