About a year ago I purchased my very first laptop. This laptop was a HP zv6270us with an AMD processor and an ATI Radeon Xpress 200m chipset. Over the course of time I found that this chipset is heavily flawed in terms of OpenGL performance… which is to say it has none. I created this blog to help get the word out to current owners of laptops with this chipset and also potential buyers of laptops of this shortcoming with this ATI chipset.
If you are browsing the net looking for answers as to why your laptop sucks with OpenGL-based programs such as Adobe After Effects, the KOTOR series of games, Quake, and even a Opengl-based OS such as Ubuntu (or any other Linux variant) look no further. You will find plenty of information here explaining the problem.
If you are browsing the net looking to buy a laptop with this chipset I offer you a word of warning. These chipsets are VERY limited in OpenGL applications so think carefully prior to making your purchase decision. If you plan on gaming at all with any OpenGL-based games or apps, move on and go with a GeForce 6100 or 6150 as these are much better Integrated Graphics chips than the ATI offerings. Or better yet, get a laptop with a dedicated graphics card… it’ll just cost more $$$
The chipsets affected are: xpress 200, xpress 200m, xpress 1100, xpress 1100m
As for the author, my name is Spencer Leifheit and I am a Systems Administrator for a Beverage Manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona. I have over thirteen years expereince in Systems Building, Networking, and Systems Architechture – which is where my abilities tend to shine in.