Continuing my laptop performance review. I have a HP dv2000 laptop with a geForce 6150 and AMD Turino 2x I’m evaluating. It will play Quake 3 with a resolution of 1024×768 at a surprisingly great framerate, but not Half-life 2.
Half-life 2 stutters (or should say flat stops) for whole 2-5 seconds at a time even with almost everything turned off at 800×600 – definitely not playable in the outdoor scenes. However, you can turn things back up and get 30fps inside the buildings. It does play flash games very nicely at full-screen (Deanimator, Madness Interactive), has snappy UI in Vista, runs Photoshop CS2 without much effort, and (outside of Half-Life 2) would have been my laptop choice. However, there is a Core 2 Duo with a geForce 7100 for about $75 more, so I think I might go for that since graphics performance is theoretically x2 and the cpu’s are Intel. 🙂