ok. so ibm has basically taken the 9000 out of their thinkpads, except for the firegl version thats 3K+ almost all their computers use the 7500, its really hard to find a t40 with the 32mb 9000 when a while ago it was a standard item. I asked the guy at tech support and he told me it was becuase the chipset they use makes the 7500 faster than the 9000 "like a 1.3 centrino is faster than a 1.8 p4M" was his exact words. now this makes no sense to me, as the centrino is faster because of its higher cache, while the 7500 has nothing on paper to make it even remotely faster than the 9000, and ive never heard this before. I have heard that ibm is fairly slow to officially support the ati drivers, and once they find a stable driver they usually dont support the new ones. does anyone know anything about this? have any benchmarks comparing a 32mb radeon 7500 to a 32mb radeon 9000 ibm t40? its really bizarre.
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7/30/03 at 12:39pm