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i am looking at a laptop with a ATI mobility Radeon 256 mb hd 3650 video card
Also looking to get astronomy software that recuires ATI x800 thur x1650 or
128mb GeForce nVidia 6600 or greater. Are the three compatable? will the
software work on the laptop? Is the HD 3650 a better card? That is the best option in video card that comes with laptop. THANKS ALOT
01-24-2009, 11:45 PM
yes that card is faster than all of the recommended ones to run the software.
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have a couple more questions if knowone minds,
Does the ATI Mobility Radeon 256mb HD 3650 driver support
hardware-accelerated open GL 2.0? AND how good is this video card?
thanks in advance.
01-25-2009, 08:15 PM
found this about that series of card
The R600 core processes vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders as outlined by the Direct3D 10.0 specification for Shader Model 4.0 in addition to full OpenGL 2.1 compliancy, but only with OpenGL 2.0 support.
thanks ultima, but can you say in english (i'm a newbee remember).
am i better off going with the lower end option for the video card,on the laptop,then getting a ge Force 6600or higher at a later date? Tried looking
at link you provided, more confused now.Iam looking to get a laptop,and i
want to make sure that the one i get will do what i want.
01-25-2009, 10:42 PM
sorry Nis, i was just doing a quick search and had to run out the door
the 3650 will do open gl 2.0 hardware acceleration
and should run the software more than fine, since its a few levels beyond a x1650 even
it is also the best card out of everything you have listed
upgrading the video card on a laptop is in most cases is NOT an option
and even it is, is usually not worth it, difficult to find and you would be better off to just get a whole new laptop
does that help ?
Yes, the hd3650 will run openGL 2.0. It's a decent card, though there are significantly better chips out there now. Look into the nvidia 9600m GT and 9650m GT chips.
If you're going for a laptop go for the top graphics card you can because upgrades usually aren't an option - they're far too expensive to be worth it or entirely impossible.
A couple of suggestions:
01-26-2009, 02:24 AM
i forgot to ask
my other question was, what laptops are you looking at ?
I am looking at a dell studio 17in. 1440x900 display,intel core 2duo t6400 (2.0ghz/800mhz)
fsb/2mb processor,vista home premium 32 bit os, upgrading to 4g shared ram,
320g hard drive, upgrading to 256mb ati mobility radeon hd 3650 video card and upgrading to sound blaster audigy advanced hd software edition sound card, web cam. for about $1100.00. or
same as above but with intel core 2duo p8400(2.20ghz/1066mhz) fsb/3mb processor, vista 64
bit os, comes with 4g ram,comes with ati 3650 video card, no sound card upgrade only comes with high definition audio 2.0, also 320g hard drive, web cam for about $1250.00.
Going with dell becouse have account with, think i should stay with vista
home pc is vista 32bit. using mainly for some sound,photo editing and astronomy stuff along with the usuall things movies,music, web.
Thanks to all for all your help, really thanks again.
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