View Full Version : Laptop and OpenGL

05-01-2009, 04:49 PM
I'm planning to buy my first laptop for my college projects next week. The laptop that I'm going to buy has only ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 256MB (http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2008/08/msi_ex400_notebook.html) and I'm kinda worry if I can code here with high FPS, using opengl shaders and other cool stuffs. I'm really new with laptops because this is the first time I'm going to buy one. I have a powerful desktop here so I think I don't need an expensive laptop. Can this video card handle it?


05-01-2009, 05:50 PM
My favorite site to compare GPU on laptops is:


If you expect to code under Linux, don't buy ATI, buy nVidia.

Also speed is not all: more important is reliable OpenGL drivers, and frequent update for new OpenGL features, nVidia wins on this category again for me.

05-03-2009, 04:01 PM
Too bad, most of the laptop here that I can afford has better ATI video card. Others have 9100m or 8400m gs on it but according to notebookcheck, hd 3450 is better. I want to code under linux though but I can't afford those laptop with 8600m or 9600m on it. :(

So what should I do?