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IBM T43p vs. T42p video performance

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by h12nut, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. h12nut

    h12nut Guest

    I noticed that the new T43p's will have an 128MB ATI Mobility Fire GL
    3200. Currently a google search shows that only IBM notebooks have
    started using this video chip. I would like to get the best graphics
    for my SolidWorks und Unigraphics applications, but have suffered the
    consequences of using a T23 with a S3 SuperSavage/IX graphics card that
    very few vendors used and for which support was quickly abandoned. (By
    the way, this graphics chip was dreadful.)

    The T42p has a 128MB FIREGL T2 which is much more widely used. I have
    time to wait before ordering a laptop, but if the T2 is just as good as
    the 3200, then I won't bother with the newer T43p's.

    Ref: http://www.ip-web.de/d/hardware/laptop/news-t43p-19-01-2005.pdf

    h12nut, Feb 8, 2005
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  2. h12nut

    eM eL Guest

    Hard to say - see if you can hunt down real-life tests of the Sonoma chipset (T43 is
    based on Sonoma.) If the new ATI video chip uses the faster speed of the Sonoma
    front-end bus it should perform better than a similar chip connecting via a slower
    bus. I for one will wait for the T43p and then decide even though the price of the
    T42p (2379 DYU) is tempting, esp. at $500 less than MSRP... But I don't NEED stellar
    graphics - just WANT it.
    eM eL, Feb 8, 2005
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  3. h12nut

    Shoeless Guest

    Good article on Sonoma. If you're short on time, at least read the 3rd
    to last page (DDR2 Memory In Dual-channel Mode Does (hardly) Anything
    In Practice.) and the conclusion.

    Shoeless, Feb 8, 2005
  4. h12nut

    eM eL Guest

    Good story - thanx!

    eM eL, Feb 8, 2005
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