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Old 07-07-2007, 03:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Gaming Video Cards?

GMA950 can barely run Aero. GMA900 can't. These are the least favorable of the integrated graphics. X3100, however, is a pleasant surprise. It has full (or will be, thanks to a programmable chipset) DX10 support, and performs very well for an integrated solution. In fact, it's probably the most favorable (and popular) graphics solution for Intel systems.

Radeon Xpress 200M, Xpress 1100/1150 are other choices, with 1100/1150 being up to 30% faster than 200M. Some Xpress 200M's have dedicated memory (which would be an awesome plus). Most do not. You might also find Xpress 1250, which is the newest and best of the Xpress line. Xpress 1250 is probably the most favorable integrated graphics solution for AMD based laptops.

The GeForce Go 6100 and 6150 are both nearly identical, with the 6150 performing a tad better than the shared-memory 200M.

X700 would be your best choice from your list, but it is an older card, and it's discrete (not integrated/shared like the others). There are other options available in modern laptops. If you want to game, try to find a model with 8***M series graphics. They come in GS (lower end) and GT (higher end) models, and they have DX10 support. But you will take a hit when it comes to expense and battery life.
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