I am about to buy a new laptop and now I'm faced with the question: should I opt in for an Intel X3100 graphics card or a Nvidia NVS 135M card?
Of course I do have priorities: the main priority is power consumption. Usually the natural choice would be X3100, however, the NVS 135M can also be cooled passive, so I wonder if the difference is that big.
The Dell guys (yes, it is about a D630) mentioned that the laptop would consume around 1/3 more power in office use, with a battery time of around 4 hours instead of 6 hours, but that was for Windows usage and Windows drivers. Do you have similar or different experiences?
Besides the power consumption an important point for me is the fan noise: my current laptop drives me mad, and I need something silent...
The other priority is Blue Ray: there are more and more discs around and if I will keep my laptop for years I should keep in mind to upgrade it later on with a Blue Ray drive. However, according to this chart Blue Ray only works on Intel's X3100 with "the use of a third-party decoder card and appropriate software drivers."
I wasn't able to find similar information about the NVS 135M, does that mean that everything should just work?
X3500 does have VC1 acceleration, isn't it used in many bluray movies?
Kano's point was that there is no decode acceleration
for advanced codecs (everything newer than MPEG-2) on Linux in general yet. Give it time, Intel engineers
are working on a framework...
Besides, given a reasonably fast CPU, the ffmpeg codecs are all you need. I certainly have no
problem watching my only HD-DVD on linux ;-)