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User currently offlineDjw030468 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Gentlemen, I am a die-hard HP business notebook guy, and a increasing hard-core FSimmer. I saw this press release on Yahoo News about the new Intel-based dual-core notebook due out next month. Here is the link for the tech information on the product:

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/pr...s_kits/2006/mobility/ds_nx9420.pdf

My question is, do you think that a) it will be powerful enough to run Windows Vista and b) do you think it will be powerful enough to move FSX through it's innards in a manner which will make it enjoyable. I.E. minimal frame-rate issues. Any input, suggestions, etc would be much appreciated, as I have all ready contacted my HP Biz rep in CA to get it shipped to Baghdad as soon as it's released! Thank you!

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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5164 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

the biggest problem with Flight Sim is not CPU performance, but graphics card performance. I was running an Athlon 64 3200+ with an ATI 9200 and on full graphics it ground to a halt. Replace with an ATI X800 and its as smooth as a babys behind.

Notebooks are not designed for playing games. It will no doubt have an integrated graphics card, and as a result will be lucky to run FS9 on full graphics let alone FSX on anything higher than minimal...



That'll teach you
User currently offlineDjw030468 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

Being in Baghdad, I'm forced to use a notebook due to mobility requirements. I'm currently running FS2004 on an HP NX8240, 1GB Ram, 128MB Video card with minimal issues. I think that the new notebook will do fine. Although I agree with the fact the desktop is the ideal platform.

User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 1):
It will no doubt have an integrated graphics card, and as a result will be lucky to run FS9 on full graphics let alone FSX on anything higher than minimal...

No, it does not.


As Nighthawk said, the CPU isn't the bottleneck for Flight Simulator.


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 1):
It will no doubt have an integrated graphics card

That is a thing of the past! Most relatively expensive laptops nowadays have a proper graphics card which are usually quit good! (Right now I'm using a 3 year old laptop with airports such simflyers's Luton and Fspassengers running and although performance wise it's not excellent I still manage fine!)

I would make sure to have a a quick hard drive (7200rpm if possible), good graphics card, quit a bit of ram and a decent processor and U should be fine!

Small question though do these systems heat up a lot with FS?


User currently offlineDjw030468 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 4):

Thank Vinnie for the response! I really appreciate it! After further research, I found the website for the graphics card, it should perform adequately the demands placed upon it by not only Vista but FSX as well. I am adding another gb of ram for a total of 2, but am limited to the 5400rpm hd due to the base available on the HP website. I know for sure it will rock FS9 and I'm waiting on pins and needles for it to arrive FedEx. It will be the fastest notebook in Iraq, and look forward to showing it off, albiet passively in the airport in Amman as I await my flights onward  Smile. Again thanks for everyone's input! Keep em coming, I still need to learn!

Daz


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Quoting Djw030468 (Reply 5):
Thank Vinnie for the response!

You are welcome!  Smile Make sure you tell us of how it is performing since I'm very interested in buying a laptop myself! BTW what do your colleagues think of your passion? I'd be happy to know as well!


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Hey how r u getting along with your new laptop?


Is flight simulator running ok on it? And how are things in Iraq at the moment?


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

I run FS9 on my HP dv5000t (Dual-core, integrated graphics card) notebook at full graphics and I can get in excess of 30 fps. At large airports such as PHX with a complex aircraft, it will drop off to between 10-15 fps. When FSX comes out, I should probably be able to do all right, correct?

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Djw030468 (Thread starter):
I saw this press release on Yahoo News about the new Intel-based dual-core notebook due out next month.

I've heard that the current Intel dual core processors are having trouble with FS2004 and other games. But that's what I've heard, I don't know if thats true or not.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 9):
I've heard that the current Intel dual core processors are having trouble with FS2004 and other games. But that's what I've heard, I don't know if thats true or not.

I have it running great at full graphics on my HP laptop. And if you see my first post, I only have an integrated graphics card.


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