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November 15, 2006 9:50:33 AM

Can any body help me out,

I am looking at buying a laptop at christmas (for around £500)
Have picked out 2 i like (acer5101(100gb model) and the 7003)
But am not sure which is best for games (x1100 or go 6100)

Any help !

Thanks :?:
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2006 2:50:48 PM

Both kinda suck IMO, and are very close to each other.

In games the X1100 does better, in 3Dmark06 the GF6100 does better, dunno why though.

The GF6150 is closer to the X1100 IMO, and it trades blows with the X1100 a little better.

The X1100 has some nice aditional features over the GF6100, which the GF6150 also has.

Depending on what you're going to be doing with it you might want to investigate further what options you want.

IMO go for an X1100 or GF6150 if you can, but really they'll all be pretty terrible in games, so that's why I prefer the others for their 2D options.
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November 15, 2006 11:29:53 PM

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As much as a company wants to call one of there high end laptops a gaming laptop... There realy is no such thing as a gaming laptop. They will never be able to fit a good enough video card into a laptop that will allow you to do any decent gaming.


Not exactly true. The Alienware Aurora m9700 allows you to select a dual 7900GS SLI video solution. Of course that alone will add $700 to the cost of the laptop.

Aurora m9700 Configuration Page

Now for £500, or roughly $950 USD, there isn't much of a selection. I never heard of the X1100; I thought the slowest version is the X1300. Oh well.
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November 16, 2006 6:14:45 AM

Cheers, should have mentioned that the type of games i intend on playing are at least a few year old, I.e morrowind, duex ex, wing commander prophecy, jedi knights.

I think these games should work ok with the laptop im looking at:- Acer 5101Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, AMD Turion MK-36, 15.4" WXGA TFT Display with Acer CrystalBrite, ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 integrated 3D graphics with up to 128MB of shared system memory, 1024MB (2*512) DDR2 RAM, 100GB 5400RPM Hard Disk Drive, DVD SuperMulti, 802.11b/g Wireless, 6 cell battery, 5-in-1 Card Reader, 0.3MP Orbicam, MS-Works (£490)
a b U Graphics card
November 16, 2006 7:36:22 AM

Those should be fine, I played morrowind on my craptacular FXGO5200 laptop fine (although minor render issue in drivers made water invisible for a while), DeusEx should be fine as should JediKnight, but not sure about wing commander prophecy never played it, only played the original.

You should be fine with that.

As for newed titles this review put the X1100 against the GF6100-MCP61S (and the GF6200TC [C51G] between the two);

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/hwdb.php?tid=644394&&tp=asrock...

Unfortunately I haven't seen a good laptop review with the two head to head.
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November 16, 2006 1:25:02 PM

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Cheers, should have mentioned that the type of games i intend on playing are at least a few year old, I.e morrowind, duex ex, wing commander prophecy, jedi knights.



You should be fine. I've played Morrowind and Jedi Knight II on my ThinkPad T40 which has the crappy old Radeon 7500 GPU.
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