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    APU or core i5

    Hi
    I am in the market for a new laptop that will run gnome shell, mine craft, and LMMS and have it narrowed down to 3, each with different processors:
    AMD APU A8-3520 with radeon 6520
    AMD APU A6-3420 with radeon 6620
    Intel core i5 with HD 3000 graphics
    I have a radeon 7970 in my desktop and the drivers are absolute crap (both open and proprietary) and although the APU is graphically more powerful I'm worried that the apu drivers are also crap, which leads me to my questions:

    Can Intel HD 3000 graphics run gnome shell very smoothly?
    Are the drivers for the APU's far better than the AMD driver I'm using in my 7970?

    I just want to run gnome shell smoothly like I could on my old nvidia cards
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    Re: APU or core i5

    Quote Originally Posted by cre8ive65 View Post
    Hi
    I am in the market for a new laptop that will run gnome shell, mine craft, and LMMS and have it narrowed down to 3, each with different processors:
    AMD APU A8-3520 with radeon 6520
    AMD APU A6-3420 with radeon 6620
    Intel core i5 with HD 3000 graphics
    I have a radeon 7970 in my desktop and the drivers are absolute crap (both open and proprietary) and although the APU is graphically more powerful I'm worried that the apu drivers are also crap, which leads me to my questions:

    Can Intel HD 3000 graphics run gnome shell very smoothly?
    Are the drivers for the APU's far better than the AMD driver I'm using in my 7970?

    I just want to run gnome shell smoothly like I could on my old nvidia cards
    The Intel HD 3000 graphics should be able to run gnome shell properly.
    The answer to the second question is no. APU support in Linux is actually worse than the support for AMD video cards.
    Say no to Microsoft. Say yes to open source.

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