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Old 09-25-2007, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am gonna buy this laptop for gaming (EQ2). I want it to have wireless network. Do I have to buy a wireless network card to add to it? Here is the laptop and the wireless card.

Newegg.com - ASUS F3 Series F3SV-X1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T7300(2.00GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 1GB DDR2 667 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS - Retail
Newegg.com - EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, AES - Retail

Will that card even fit in a laptop?
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No. That's a PCI card. That laptop already has 802.11a/b/g, the wireless standard.
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you just need a b/g router if you want to use N speeds then you will need the router and buy a usb stick. For future notice the two main ways to plug adapters and add-ons to laptops is the PCMIA port and usb
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Yep, you don't need a wireless card, it's already installed. But you will need a wireless router if you don't have one already.

But for gaming, you might want to go with a GT instead of GS, since the GS is quite underpowered.

Newegg.com - ASUS G Series G1S-A1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T7500(2.20GHz) 15.4" Wide SXGA+ 2GB DDR2 667 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - Retail
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the gs is the second best mobile graphics card you can get I don't see how its underpowered???
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Compared to the GT, the GS is considerably underpowered. The GS is a mid-range card. The GT performs about 1.8x better in benchmarks.
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but compared to the ati 5700 it is going to be 3x better the gs is still a good mobile graphics card
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it sucks. The GS is a good mid-range card. It's just if you are looking for a gaming notebook and you have a choice between a GS and a GT, you want to go with the GT.
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agreed although I don't game so I would go for a higher spec cpu or hdd then a gt just to be peverse. good suggestion btw it seems to be the OPs in every aspect
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That's a PCI network card, you should buy a wireless card for laptop.
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