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  1. verticle

    verticle Thread Starter

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    i've recently ordered a laptop for college (yesterday) and im starting to get worried it isn't as powerful as i first thought. I know the processor ram and hd are more then worthy of todays games for the most part, but im a little worried about the graphics card. the only thing is to get anything better you have to go to a 17" and you have to pay 2000 plus, and that isn't really in my budget and a 17" is hardly a laptop. so my question for you all is this. will i be able to play CS:S well, and by well i mean mostly on high settings getting 40+fps. CS:S is my game of choice, but i would also like to play other games coming out at a decent graphics level, maybe not on the highest settings, but on med to lower settings. hopefuly i didn't make a big mistake, in ordering this settup, although i can still cancel my order.;)

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  2. etaf

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    what are you studing at college ??? i'm sure it will be OK for that purpose :) :) :) and you may not have time for playing games any way ;) ;)

    laptops are not very good game machines - desktop is still a better option - as you say you can get laptops with seperate graphic gards but start to get expensive - I have a HP dv5094ea which has a seperate 128MB video card and 1024 main memory for £799 in UK - no idea if it will playthat game though

    but your spec sounds good
    what do you run that game on now

    so its got 256MB video which may be a seperate card and 2GB of main memory
     
  3. verticle

    verticle Thread Starter

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    I'm studying Architecture, so i'll need a decent laptop anyways. but it does have a 256MB video card, but i'm not sure how well the X1600 plays games, its not all about memory anymore.

    My PC now that i play counterstrike source on has a 3.2 P4, 1gig ram, 256MB GF6800. i know i have a good enough processor and more then enough memory, i'm just iffy on the cards ability to game.
     
  4. acameron

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    the regular x1600 is as good as a vanilla 6800 (maybe better in some aspects, I think the 1600 has 12 pixel pipes where a plain 6800 has 8) I do not know how well a mobile x1600 compares to a regular x1600 though............

    Otherwise, that laptop should be fine playing that game (and a few others I assume :D ,and it will work great for looking up new drinking games on-line:D:eek::D)

    I would tend to agree with that but it is starting to look like more and more vendors are offering independent video cards in their systems. That statement is gonna get less and less use around here with the new mobility cards that are coming out :D :D
     
  5. Kramer55

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    I have the 256MB X1400 ATI Mobility, and it is not a great card.

    I can play HL2 and CS:S with all the details to high, but for other games such as COD:2, I have to lower the resolution.

    I also have the 15.4 Widescreen display, and it is great for movies, but a different story for games; there is usually a max resolution for most games (HL2 for example) of 1024*768 no matter how high your desktop resolution is set for.

    I also got my laptop for college next year, thinking that I would be playing all the latest games, but those do not work so well.

    Your laptop will perform well, but the 256MB video card on a laptop is about equivalent to a lower-end 128MB desktop video card.
     
  6. acameron

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    the x1400 was mobile only.....the mobile x1600 seems to be a direct derivation of the regular x1600.......if this is the case that laptop should perform pretty well with that game...........

    X1600 ...... http://www.ati.com/products/RadeonX1600/specs.html

    X1600 mobile .... http://www.ati.com/products/mobilityradeonx1600/specs.html

    They are almost identical.............

    I agree that right now laptops do not perform as well as desktops gaming wise.....but if they keep going with making more and more powerful graphics chips / cards for laptops (which they will, they won't have a TRUE desktop replacement Laptop until they can rival a desktops gaming performance) we will see less of the "A laptop generally does not play games well" statement. :p
     
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