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Old 11-08-09, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default What video card do I want for Dell D800 laptop

Just curious, what is the highest performing video card for this laptop.
Benchmarks can be misleading

from my research the model offers a 64 meg nv 4200, a 32 meg 5200, a 128meg nv 5650, a 128 meg ati radeon 9000 and a nv quadro or quadra ? 700

btw: what vers of opengl does these support?

I'm looking for best performance for general desktop and opengl based applications.

the current chip is the 64 meg nv 4200


other questions include
is a cpu upgrade from 1.6g to 2.1g worthwhile?
is a memory upgrade 512meg pc 2100 to 2 gig pc 3200 worthwhile

these are all low cost < 100 ea upgrades, looking for best bang for the buck

fyi plan to run 32 bit Fedora 12 or [x]Ubuntu latest ver


thanks
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Old 11-08-09, 06:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: What video card do I want for Dell D800 laptop

Get the "nv 5650".

Whatever that is, it's obviously faster than the two previous nvidia models and has more video ram. Extra video ram will make desktop compositing much faster.

Also, not sure if your motherboard would be able to support the new ram speeds...
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Old 11-10-09, 12:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: What video card do I want for Dell D800 laptop

even though the 5200 and the 5650 have poorer benchmark scores than either the 4200 or the 9600 ?
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Old 11-12-09, 09:57 PM   #4
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Default Re: What video card do I want for Dell D800 laptop

to add more confusion to the mix, I found out that there is a Ati radeon 9600 w/128 mb that works in a D800.

if dx8 and dx 9 benchmarks mean anything, the 5650 and 9600 bench test worse than the 4200 on dx 8 tests
On dx9 the ati benches better that either Nv card.

go figure.
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Old 11-12-09, 10:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: What video card do I want for Dell D800 laptop

The 4200 will beat the 5650 in pretty much everything... much more efficient design and more raw power.

.. and the 9600 may well beat up on the 4200. I'm not sure of the disparity between these two chipsets in OpenGL performance. Google "ATI 9600 benchmarks" maybe.
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