Powerful Mobile Graphics Processors

Written by James McLean
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These days, finding powerful mobile graphics processors can seem like an exercise in futility. Why haven't most notebooks kept up with PCs in stocking the very latest video cards with each purchase? And who can tell the difference between ATI, Nvidia and other anyway?

The good news is that there are some common benchmarks the industry has adopted to review these products. These include everything from contrast ratio and refresh rate for screens to processing speed for video signals. Of course all the statistics in the world mean little if you can't see any difference when you power up.

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That's why increasing numbers of mobile computing customers are relying on brand names over numbers. Computer branding is something of an oxymoron, as under the hood many manufacturers use the very same RAM, CPUs and chipsets. Still, the quality of the manufacturing is essential if you want a machine that will last for some time.

Smaller manufacturers like Sager and ProStar are among the best at snatching up top of the line Radeon and ATI graphics processors before supplies dwindle and the prices skyrocket. If you are looking for a media-intensive mobile computing experience, you may want to check out the slashed prices at some of these lesser known builders. Often they carry the very same specs for a fraction of what you'll find on the major portals.

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