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Budget video card for laptop Jitter mix

July 26, 2006 | 7:59 pm

Hello,

Please recommend a laptop video card minimum for me: I am a newbie to Jitter but having seen live cinema performance I want to investigate it for myself.

My current system is horribly slow, truly 5 years old. I can’t experiment until I get something new, so…

I think I am more inclined towards exploring visuals… but since I am not yet a power user, I want just enough to get started and to develop until I’m ready for a big buy… even an Ebayed $1700 512 mb vid card and duo 2.2ghz system is out of the question for someone like me who only wants to experiment… Portability is key because I will soon be kind of a traveler…

But I don’t want to be limited. The new dell duo core entry-level notebooks look great… except for that naggingly bad on-board video chip.. yes??

So I need old but good, affordable technology. What would you recommend? I’m talking in PC terms because isn’t it true that with a PC I will get more bang for the buck? Powerbooks hold their value so well it’s frightening… I am a Win and Mac user so I have no alliegence for or hang-ups about either.


July 26, 2006 | 8:36 pm

On Jul 26, 2006, at 12:59 PM, Derek Leverette wrote:

> So I need old but good, affordable technology. What would you
> recommend? I’m talking in PC terms because isn’t it true that with
> a PC I will get more bang for the buck? Powerbooks hold their
> value so well it’s frightening… I am a Win and Mac user so I have
> no alliegence for or hang-ups about either.

To anyone considering a new laptop, I would *highly* recommend
getting the MacBook (Pro) over any straight PC. While you might save
$200 on an equivalent PC, it’s probably worth the extra $$$ to have
the option of running OSX as well. There are certain things that are
only available on Macintosh (like image unit support, direct DV
streaming from disk to camera, etc.), and certain things which simply
offer better performance under OS X than PC (like UYVY textures,
which don’t require a shader or the CPU to convert to RGBA).
Conversely there are somethings which work better under Windows (for
example more supported web cameras, and in some situations faster
OpenGL performance, etc.). The good thing is that any of the Intel
Macs offer the best of both worlds, and with your Jitter license you
can install on both OSX and XP.

If you are considering a cheaper machine with on board graphics, get
the MacBook. If you are interested in doing a lot of GPU based work,
get the MacBook Pro. A friend just got a refurb MacBook Pro for even
cheaper than the new ones, FWIW.

If you only care about ever running windows, then you can save a few
bucks buy not paying for the Apple brand, but the MacBooks are pretty
great PCs and only slightly more expensive than similar PCs from
other vendors (at least in the US, I know that Apple’s are a bit more
expensive abroad).

Just my $0.02.

-Joshua


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