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rain87
September 20th, 2011, 11:20 AM
hi there. i am going to buy a new laptop with an intel i7 cpu and a discrete video. and as far as i understood, there is no way to find high-performance laptop without this troublesome hybrid graphic feature =(

the question is - what is more problematic, nvidia or ati card? as i understand, i will need to turn off discrete card to work in normal way, and turn it on (using Bumblebee/Ironhide for nvidia; vga switcheroo for ati) when i need play game/whatever else

anyone who has an expirience with this, can you advice me? at first i wanted to buy smth with gt540m, after googling a bit i've known about many troubles with optimus. then i focused at ati - HP Pavilion dv6-6160er QA972EA with ATI HD6490M looks pretty ok - but i started googling on ati cards and discovered there are troubles with them too

Olivia Wagner
September 21st, 2011, 05:52 AM
In my workstation we found we have both. And I noticed nVidia much more better than ati. nVidia has a more thorough technology, richer and more distinct textures, and way better anti aliasing techniques. I had seen a very useful discussion about nVidia and ati.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=61453&nowrap=true
Hopefully it will help you.

rain87
September 21st, 2011, 08:45 AM
thanks for your response. i have googled yestarday a lots (once again), and found there are much more people who use laptops with nvidia rather than with ati. so i think i will stop at asus k53sv - there is even a thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1791081) dedicated to this laptop. bumblebee/ironhide seems to be working for this model, so i hope i won't face too much troubles :)