Intel GMA X3100

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by BrunoNoMedals, Sep 24, 2008.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    I'm thinking of getting a new laptop and, since I can't be bothered (and can't afford) upgrading my desktop I want to get something that can handle a few games. I'm particularly interested in getting Warhammer Online when it comes out, or some other MMO I can waste my life on.

    Anyway, I'm looking for something with a decent gaming capability but I'm worried that the X3100 GMA, which seems to be the de facto graphics chip in many laptops, isn't sufficient - even with 2-3Gb of RAM.

    What sort of stuff should I be looking at? Is a ~£400 laptop with an X3100, dual core ~1.5-2.1GHz, 2GB RAM going to handle something like WHO or similar, or will I have to splash out on something better?

    Any recommendations?
  2. I'm afraid you'll have to spend a bit more. The X3100 is not supported by WHO.
    This Acer laptop has a dedicated Nvidia 8600m GS 256mb graphics card and costs £499. I have no idea how well it will run WHO, but you should be able to play it on low settings at least.

    This laptop from Dell has a slightly more powerful graphics card, (Nvidia 8600m GT 256mb), 1GB more RAM than the Acer, and 70GB more storage space for £535.

    If you want a laptop capable of playing WHO and other games on high then it will cost you at least £800.

    Please note that you can build or buy PC's capable of playing games on the highest settings (including Crysis/Far Cry 2) from around £400.
    Good luck.
  3. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Good man, I'll bear all that in mind. If it's cheaper to build up a desktop then I may go back to that. I can probably b*stardise my existing PC for a good few parts as it only really needs a 3d card, RAM and a new processor. Splashing out on a new 3d card is always my problem because they're easily the most expensive thing on the shopping list come upgrade time.

    jaybee - I don't want to find out how gash my card is after I've bought it! :D