Warlord your little lady will have a hard time dealing with full blast dx9 games such as Half Life 2 at native laptop resolutions. Current dx9 games doesn't fully ultilize dx9 abilities; therefore, you can claim that you have no problem playing current dx9 games. Anyways your judgement of your experience is highly perspective. Warlord, what I want to know are you able to play(in the most intense scenes) Fry Cry at max detail in your native laptop resolution?
Far Cry uses 1.1 shaders mostly, and it won't utilize the MR9600/5650's 2.0 shaders capabilities unless we set the Lighting Quality to VERY HIGH, which makes the game virtually unplayable with a MR9600/5650(unless we use a very low res..)