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I wanna know everything about this chip 😀 Mostly about ATI X1900. Who else uses it in their retro machines? Are there any cons? Any chances of failer here like in GF 8*** series? Best driver version?

I was looking for a laptop with both powerful and compatible videocard for old games and after some unsuccessful attempts (Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1546, or my final step for an ultimate old gaming machine) I found that ATI X1900 is the best possible thing. Games with paletted textures work well (compared to GF6 that dropped their support), and my favorite Thief II works natively without any fixes with a clear sky, stars, fog, and dithering.

Reply 1 of 4, by dr_st

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You should really specify which game periods and which operating systems you are thinking of, because the results may vary.

Also, you did not mention it explicitly, but looks like you are mostly interested in Mobility X1*** versions?

I have an X1400 inside my Thinkpad T60. It's nowhere near as powerful as an X1900 would be, but for the modest games I used to play there it got the job done. Here is some of my personal experience with drivers for Windows XP:
https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=129782

My system is currently fine (*knock-on-wood*), but VRAM corruptions have been reported as a common cause of failure with these chips. I don't have numbers, only feelings, but it seems as if it is not as widespread as the nVidia 8*** failures.

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Reply 2 of 4, by vorob

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Ye, I was on X1400 with my IBM ThinkPad R60, same good compatibility (why would it be otherwise, 🤣) but the screen on that laptop was horrible and I wanted to have DOOM 3 and something similar working with good FPS 😀

As for the game period, I think it will be 1997 - 2006.

Reply 4 of 4, by dr_st

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My experience with Omega Drivers was good on T42 (Radeon 9600), but on the T60 with X1400 I found them less compatible and more glitchy compared to the stock ATI drivers.

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