sorry, I'm not as well versed in ATI tech. A X1300se is the lowest level X1*** right? So it would be great for older games(Homeworld 2 MODs, Dawn of War) OK for resonably new games(Half Life 2, Civ 4) and poor for stuff like Prey and a slideshow for Crysis...
really? What about stuff like Civ 4? I know Supreme Commander would have to be at extra low, and Company of Heroes at what, mid-low?
By the way, what are ways I can reduce bottlenecks(without changing hardware---this is a laptop). My dad's laptop has a 2.0ghz Core 2, and 1 gig of ram, but only a X1400. Obviously, its GPU bottlenecked.(and maybe a bit RAM) I obviously cant overclock. Anyways I can increase perfromance at all?
There is no clear point of when bottlenecks shift; it depends on your settings, the game, and even the kind of scene in the game. My favorite example would be in Oblivion; in a city, even a Core 2 extreme might bottleneck, say, a Radeon X800GTO; almost whatever you do, in cities in Oblivion, your CPU is determining your performance. However, on the flip side, if you go for a FPS title like Prey, you can go with a weak CPU and still get good performance with a solid graphics card.
can the CPU compensate for a weak GPU by a margin? For instance, can the Core 2 take some of the graphics burden for the 1400? I know that before seperate GPUs, CPUs did the graphics. Obviously the compensation would be minor, but will the Core help the x1400 at all?(in graphics)
I have a Dell Inspiron 1505 with a Mobility X1400 and honestly, I believe it was NOT money well spent... especially when I got it (back then it was a $149 upgrade) The variety of games that it can play is way too limited. Sims 2? It runs OK I guess. Star Wars Galaxies? Barely acceptable. I haven't dared attempt to play anything too modern on it (BF2, Oblivion, etc) and wish I'd have just kept my money and bought a Nintendo DS Lite instead of opting for that upgrade. It's a 4 pixel pipe card... that puts it WELL behind an Nvidia 6600 GT (8 pipes) Yes, everyone here rags on the Intel 950 video chip, but I think it would have worked fine for me and saved me some money.
Yeah, I was worried about that... My dad *needs* a light laptop(he likes the IBM lenovo thinkpads)... If I could have convinced him into getting a normal sized laptop I could have gotten a much higher level card... Still, ANYTHING is better than the old Radeon 7500 his old laptop used...
Unfortunately, there is no information on the frequencies (on both).
I was checking with a friend for laptops with something else than Intel graphics, but the difference in price from the GMA950 to the X1400 is to big IMO. And I don't think that X1400 can handle recent games, so it's really no difference from the Intel chip.