Quote Originally Posted by satan0rx View Post
Sorry for hijacking this thread

I'm like planning buying a new notebook, with sufficient GPU power to play nexuiz / xonotic.

On my current 965gm this is a pain in the ass (~20fps), although i'm satisfied with the intel offering otherwise.

now I'm planning a a6 3410mx (or the new gen intel core i5-2xxx processor)

So I have a question on the guys with a llano notebook:

a) is the nexuiz / xonotic performance good?
for me open source drivers is nice, but not a must, so:
b) are the OS drivers delivering sufficient performance?
c) are there issues with the closed source drivers?

Thanks in advance
AMD A6-3410MX graphics will have better performance than than the Intel graphics you'll find on the Core i5.

a) Nexuiz works pretty well, but might be a bit slow on higher settings (I only ever tested Nexuiz on the APU graphics with Catalyst 11.4. Afterwards used only the dedicated card and it was pretty fast there).

b) For my hardware, the open source drivers work pretty well. 2D was quite fast before but seems to be little slow in the latest git versions. You should use as recent a Linux kernel as possible (preferably Linux 3.2 although 3.1 might be OK). Also, suspend isn't working properly on my laptop right now (i.e no display on resuming). 3D games run pretty slow on the integrated graphics card as expected.

c) Well, 2D sucks but 3D rocks. Also, the newer proprietary drivers don't work with Gnome 3. In my laptop, same problem with suspending as with open source drivers. Catalyst 11.8 seems to be the best thing to run IMO.