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Replacement laptop - graphics comparison

I have to replace a Packard Bell Easynote notebook with an equivalent (or better).

The notebook has ATI radeon xpress 200m and I'm looking at a new one with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics.

The notebook has to run engineering programs such as AutoCAD. Would the new spec graphics be up to the mark or as good as the old one? I think the xpress was PCIe and am concerned about using an integrated chip.

Thanks for your help.
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ks_adminCommented:
Here is a link to the specs for the 200m

http://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/chipsets/radeon-xpress-200M/Pages/ati-radeon-express-200m-amd-specs.aspx

Here is a link to the specs for the mobile 3200

http://www.amd.com/us-en/0,,3715_15532_15533,00.html


The HD3200 is a much better (and newer) solution, and it supports DirectX 10 (the old one only supported DX9) but really neither one are probably suited to run AutoCAD.  It may run it, but there are probably very few notebooks "designed" to support AutoCAD.

You really need a high end Quadro or FireGL chipset with certified drivers for the best results.

Hope this helps!
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Depends how heavily you are going to push the CAD packages.
You might find this recent thread about integrated cards and AutoCAD helpful
http:Q_25023120.html (Toshiba Satellite X205 or Portege S100 as examples)
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CSHTechAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the advice and overview - it was very helpful.
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