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Which laptop graphics card is best for gaming?

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June 13, 2007 10:29:17 PM

Im in search for a laptop for college now and id like to be able to game as best as i can. Im looking at the HP dv9000t, HP dv 9500t, and the lenovo T61 right now for laptops. The graphics cards offered for some of these are:

dv9000t
256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7600
512MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7600

dv9500t
383MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
511MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS

lenovo t61
Intel GMA X3100 GM965 w/ WWAN

of these, which graphics card would give me the best performance. I will be getting an intel core 2 duo processor with between 2 and 2.2 Ghz depending on which laptop i get and probably 2 gb of ram
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June 13, 2007 11:50:20 PM

As per notebookcheck.com the 8600MGS would be the best bet.

"NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7600 / 7700 for laptops. The performance is slightly above the 7600 / 7700 and therefore it can represent current games fluently"

The 8400M GS
"NVidia GeForce 8400M GS is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7400 for laptops and technologically a slower 8400M GT video card. The performance is slightly above the 7400 and therefore it can represent current games fluently with reduced details / resolutions. For people who play occasionally, it may be sufficient."


Have fun with your new notebook

1Haplo

Have you researched the others? The Intel I the lowest on the list.
a b U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2007 7:49:02 AM

Agreed.

The GF7600GT would be better than the GF8600M GS, but the plain GF7600 is weaker. The card to look for though is the GF8600M GT it's just shy of the GF7900GS, and the solid choice for the midrange until the HD2600XT and GF8700M GT come out.
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June 15, 2007 1:15:37 AM

well what laptops can you buy that that works for? I was just looking at what you can get out of the factory is there a better way to do it?
September 30, 2007 8:01:38 AM

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can...;HHOJSID=x5PmG1JJwlwkFJLwSsP7Jg33J3hF7379v2t2pstTzXFv0ChLcDjf!600903112?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&series_name=dv9500t_series&tab_switch=true&catLevel=3&tab=specs

I ordered this one with some nice upgrades... including the 511MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS -and- 17.0" WSXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)

should get some nice detail, if I can actually discern the details... :p 
September 30, 2007 8:07:17 AM

On the subject, anyone know a site other then alienware or dell taht can include a 7950gtx in a laptop and keep it below a grand? Dell offer it but then you have to picks tons of other unnecessary upgrades.
a b D Laptop
October 1, 2007 12:24:36 AM

Look for any website that sells the Clevo M570ru. killernotebooks.com, xoticpc.com, sagernotebook.com, discountlaptops.com, eurocom.com. Did I miss any?
October 1, 2007 1:34:40 AM

The 8700M GT should be available very soon.
Its just appearing now in the XMS laptops at Dell
a b D Laptop
October 1, 2007 2:13:00 AM

zenmaster said:
The 8700M GT should be available very soon.
Its just appearing now in the XMS laptops at Dell


Sorry to nit-pick, but you mean the XPS right? Yes Dell has SLI 8700m GT's on the M1730. The only thing with the 8700's is that the 7950GTX is still more powerful. If you are buying a laptop for pure power, the GTX is the way to go. If you want DX10 support and want it now, get the 8700. The other thing to keep in mind is that both the 8700 and the 7950 use the latest MXM so both *should* be upgradeable to the 8800m if it ever comes out.
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