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Hey guys, the laptop I'm considering getting has an ATI Firepro M5950, which is a professional card, but its supposed to be very almost identical to 6770M. I read that because the drivers for cards like that are optimized for business applications they won't run games as well. Will the performance difference really be that great?
Also, will the catalyst drivers work on that card, or are there any good third party driver options if the official drivers give me trouble with games?

Mostly I'm looking to play BF3 right now. If you guys have some insight on how that card will run the game that would be helpful. The machine also has an i7 2630qm, 2.00ghz quad core and 8-16gb of ram. Not sure how I'm configuring it yet.

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I read that because the drivers for cards like that are optimized for business applications they won't run games as well.
This is true. Depending on the game drops using business class stuff can be anywhere from 5-50% below the retail version of the card. Notably it's usually around 10-20% slower, some games are just a little extreme.
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Will the performance difference really be that great?
It can be.
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Also, will the catalyst drivers work on that card, or are there any good third party driver options if the official drivers give me trouble with games?
No and No. The drivers for this card are provided by manufacturer, not ATI directly. And driver or support issues go to the OEM, not ATI. Fold At Home won't even run on most laptops with this card because it can't "see" a graphics card it can use.
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Mostly I'm looking to play BF3 right now. If you guys have some insight on how that card will run the game that would be helpful.
If you're looking to game, I'd recommend getting a GeForce/Radeon card. FirePro/Quadro/Tesla/FireGL cards are great for business applications, not so much for gaming.

Fun Side Note: With many of these business class laptops, the GPU is inter-changeable unlike most laptops. The other cards for it are expensive and a little hard to come by though. I just had to swap somebody's Quadro for a FirePro since we weren't ok with a huge wait for Dell to get us the exact card to replace a failing one, so they upgraded us for free.
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Hmm, that's some good info thanks.

the laptop I'm looking at is an hp elitebook, I heard that the hardware is white listed in the bios so even if I had a different card I don't know if I would be able to get it running.

Do you know how that setup would compare to an 2.7ghz dual core and a radeon 6470m?
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