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ATI M9 RADEON on FUJITSU AMILO D 7820

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February 9, 2003 11:56:06 AM

Im thinking of buying the above mentioned laptop (AMILO D 7820).
They advertise that the ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 included in a 64-bit video
card. The card has 64-MB of DDR VRAM. Ive read the techical specifications on
the comapny's web page, as well as several reviews online, but i am still not
very clear about two things:

1)Do i have my facts right? Im having trouble confirming these specs, as the
technical doc covers the whole x820 range.

2)Is it worth getting the laptop (for gaming etc..) if it hosts a
64-bit ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 with 64MB DDR VRAM. Is there that huge a gap between
the 64-bit and 128-bit model..i hope they arent tryin to trick consumers!
February 9, 2003 12:36:11 PM

There is no such thing as a 64-bit Mobility Radeon 9000 (M9). The M9 is a 256-bit GPU (T&L + DirectX 8 Hardware Support) with a 128-bit memory bus -I think that it is just a print error.?! The only difference between M9's is that you get a 32, 64MB and 128MB model (only available in a Sager or derivative of Sager as far as I know( -uck)).

RaPTuRe

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February 9, 2003 2:31:40 PM

ATI speaks of a "Discrete" M9 setup, that can have either a 64-bit or 128-bit bus.

http://mirror.ati.com/technology/hardware/mobilityradeo...

Does this mean that it is possible to have a 64-bit or 128-bit 64 MB card? Look at the bottom of the page and youll see the section that confused me.

Thanks for your time.
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February 9, 2003 4:16:49 PM

In that case, they must be talking about memory bus width. That would make sense. Yup, the performance shouldn't be much different, just that the memory bus is only 64-bits wide vs the normal 128-bit. I personally wouldn't go for that notebook, but that's just me.

Im guessing that discreet is 64-bit and either shares the main memory, or can have either 32/64MB memory



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February 9, 2003 4:34:26 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I hope you dont mind if i ask why you wouldnt go for this laptop. The deal im getting for it is:

P4 2.8 GHz
512 MB DDR 2100 RAM
40 GB 5400 RPM HDD
ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 64 MB
15" XGA 1024x760 TFT screen
etc..
For USD $1766.

Do you recommend any other laptop in that range, that in your opinion would offer better all round performance, with a little bit of attention to graphics ? Im not sure what to decide on, im goin to leave my options open for a while.

Thanks for your time.
February 9, 2003 7:49:50 PM

Tell me this: Why do you NEED 2.8GHz? The fastest P4-m (i.e. mobile) is 2.4GHz so the one in the Fujitsu is a desktop P4 which means that it doesnt have Powersaving features such as Intel's Enhanced SpeedStep - which will increase battery life.

The Screen is quite nice, but the resolution is quite low at 1024x768.

Take a look at this:
Dell Inspiron 8200
Pentium 4-m 2.4GHz
15" SXGA+ (1400x1050)
512MB DDR PC2100
40GB 5400rpm HDD
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 64MB (128-bit model - upgradeable)
DVD/CD-R/RW Combo Drive
$1843

configure one for yourself if u'd like - beats the pants of the Fujitsu.

That's just my opinion though. RaPTuRe

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