Re: a notebook for Linux: ATI or Intel graphics?
- From: Chris <ithinkiam@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 09:58:25 +0000
I am not a gamer, from my notebook I expect:
- support for Linux (this is the system I use)
- long battery life
- reasonable noise level
- portability (14" is OK unless it is just a small LCD in a big
- open Linux drivers for the hardware
- good price
- basic, but "open" 3D (it is good to have some fun from time to
If you want to play games the intel integrated graphics will not cut the mustard (unless you use low quality settings).
Unfortunatelly there are no notebooks with AMD Turion MT for me
(preferred over Intel because of 64b architecture, low power usage,
high performance and the latest issue with Intel and Skype), but If
anyone know a good one:
- with AMD Turion MT
- graphics with open 3D drivers (ATI Radeon up to 9200, AFAIK)
- good Accu and battery life (at least: 4h max) - 14" LCD (without any glare "features", i.e. with the
anti-reflective layer) in a small case
I would be very obliged.
I've also been looking at turion-based models and HP has one (nc6125) which looks good and acer has several models. HP seems to have a good rep., but I'm not so clear on Acer.
The problem I've noticed with AMD-based models is that they tend to favour ATI graphics, which are more troublesome than others in 3D acceleration, esp. on a laptop as the mobility radeon is AFAICT not supported by the std ati driver.
Plus you need to be more careful with AMD in checking what Wi-fi chipset is used as it may not be supported in linux - with intel centrino you know it's always supported.
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