TECH ATi Mobility Radeon 3470 -or- nVidia Quadro FX 370?

deusexaethera

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Opinions? The ATi card would be in a Lenovo T400, and the nVidia card would be in a Dell Precision 2400. All else being equal, I'd prefer the nVidia card, but...what do you guys think? Would I be better off with a mobile "gaming" card or a mobile workstation card?
 

nucklearknight

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Opinions? The ATi card would be in a Lenovo T400, and the nVidia card would be in a Dell Precision 2400. All else being equal, I'd prefer the nVidia card, but...what do you guys think? Would I be better off with a mobile "gaming" card or a mobile workstation card?
Depends on the amount of gaming your going to be doing, if any. Personally I prefer nVidia but I'm also a Lenovo fan. I also like high screen resolutions so that would be a plus.
 
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deusexaethera

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Both machines I'm looking at have 14.1" WSXGA+ (~1440x900) screens with LED backlights. I'm not buying a cheapo machine that I'll replace in two years.

I had the opportunity to run PCMark05 on the Dell I mentioned, and the card scored ~2200 points -- my GeForce 7600GS in my desktop machine scores ~3300 points. If it weren't for the fact that a newer workstation card scores lower than an older desktop graphics card -- on a non-gaming-specific benchmark, no less -- I wouldn't think twice about it. I wish I had the chance to run PCMark05 on the Lenovo I'm looking at; that would clear things right up.

As for how much gaming I'd be doing, I'd probably bust out some Civ 4 or maybe EVE Online, but not any first-person shooters. (The only FPS I ever really liked was Halo, and only in co-op mode.) It might seem kinda silly to wonder if a workstation card could run those games, but the sheer number of polygons in a Civ 4 landscape (everything from the workers to the cities to the hills is 3D now) means that it even bogs down my 7600GS from time to time.
 
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deusexaethera

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I kinda thought so, but hell, for all I know Mobility Radeons are even worse.

I could get an all-out gaming rig, but that wouldn't reflect its intended use. I just want to be able to fire up a game if I'm on the road and bored, in between posting here and surfing porn.
 

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