I *hate* intel graphics (because the chips suck and because the driver is somehow more unstable than nouveau), *but* let's face reality:
- An APU does use less power than a discrete card, so bye bye nvidia
- fglrx? Even if I'm willing to use proprietary code (which I'm *NOT*) I just can't wait an year to support a new kernel or xorg release, fglrx is probably the most terrible user experience you can face.
- AMD's apu? Why should I buy a slow cpu instead of a fast one and a slow gpu instead of a discrete one if the only one point in favor (power consumption) will be blown away by the absence of proper power management? The current implementation may be enough *IF* it works. Unfortunately dynpm did work properly only in *ONE* of the many discrete cards I tested.
- Intel's apu? The cpu rocks but the vga sucks, also the driver is *really* unstable (no, I will not use the components listed in the quarterly updates), *BUT*: proper power management, even if the gpu chip is slower it's still *much* faster than an AMD apu because radeon sucks and is very cpu limited, you have proper video acceleration, support out of the box months before the release...
For a desktop I can't care less for power management, but in a laptop is simply CRITICAL.
## VGA ##
AMD: X1950XTX, HD3870, HD5870
Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)