Laptop Video Cards & Gaming
I am considering purchasing a new laptop, but am concerned that the video cards can't support decent gaming. I am not a big time gamer, but I'd like to play them on occasion. Do the video cards in today's laptops offer enough performance for part-time gaming???
Most of the NEw mobile chipsets support 'occasional' gaming. The ATI Radeon 9000 mobile and the GF 4XXX 4 go series are DX8.1 compatible (and trade performance firgures); the newer Radeon 9600 mobile and Fx5600 mobile are DX9 chips. The Radeon 9600 however is a much more powerful chip than the FX mobile according to all the press (which I don't have handy here at work, however there was a base comparison in this past months Maximum PC [may issue]).
For the most part if you are just a casual gamer then the Radeon 7XXX or GF 4XX 4 go series will be good enough, for a little more (and respectable frames in UT2K3, etc.) then go with the R9000 or GF 4XXX 4 go or the new FX go. And if you want semi-desktop level performance, then go with the 9600 mobile chip.
And once again, that's just my 2 frames worth.
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There's aso one model from Dell that you can replace the video card in. I can't look it up right now as my bookmark is giving me error 404 but Toms used it in one of their reviews about a year ago.
Check the mobile computing section on Toms webpage. He has several reviews of mobile graphics.
For occasional gaming the radeon 9000 should be good enough.
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Ah, found it. The Dell Inspiron 8100 uses a daughterboard graphics card. In theory you can then buy a new daughterboard from Dell whenever you want to upgrade your mobile graphics chip.
<b>EDIT:</b> <i>I did some more research and found that it's the entire 8xxx line that uses this daughterboard. The current model is the Inspiron 8500</i>
Knowan likes you. Knowan is your friend. <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by knowan on 05/12/03 12:52 PM.</EM></FONT></P>