Well, for Reference...
My Laptop is a ASUS-G51VX-A1 It's 2yrs old. It has a 2-core 2.82Ghz Intel CPU, 4GB 1333 Mem, Nvidia 260M 1GB GPU, 2x 320GB 7200RPM 16mb-cache drives, full 1980x1020 HD display. I still haven't upgraded to Windows-7 yet.
I play in the largest 'windowed' mode that allows me to put the game quickly in the background to look things up. I also run Ventrilo, Firefox, and my Virus program at the same time. All normal windows processes are running.
I have all settings on 'high', shadows off, AA is off and that's all I have turned down.
I run FFXIV better than many of my friends who have $1,500.00 4-core desktops.
I am satisfied by how FFXIV runs on my Lappy. I just wish they would do some optimizations...that would REALLY help.
Just so everyone knows what they are getting into, could you please run the ffxiv benchmark on your rig http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/benchmark/na/
Benchmarks provide a synthetic performance results that all can relate to. It has been my experience that far too many people accept poor framerates on the PC games and claim "it looks good to me." Don't get disappointed if the score is lower then you want ;) if it looks good to you than that's all that matters
The Alienware m11x gets a score of 1000 btw, 1200 overclocked.
[Under 1500] Insufficient Performance
Does not meet specifications for running the game.
My desktop, AMD Quad core 2.8Ghz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 scores 3400, and i play that one @ 1080p
[3000-4499] Fairly High Performance
Capable of running the game on default settings. Consider switching to a higher resolution depending on performance.
Judging from pure 3D mark 06 benchmarks, you'll need the GeForce GTX 480M (best they offer now..) to have a system above the 3000 FFXIV benchmark on a notebook. the GTX 285M in SLI or ATI HD 5870 in X-fire will also do.
I'm actually in the market for another laptop, was disapointed with the m11x and FFXIV. here are some i've been looking at /w the GTX 480M http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_101_W880CU_Gaming_Laptop http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_info&model_name=NP8850 http://www.v3gamingpc.com/buy/avid_p55m.html
unfortunately it looks like I'm get an GIANT 17" laptop again... however for any fellow laptop enthusiasts, this 15" is supporting the GTX 480M o.O http://www.v3gamingpc.com/notebooks/rover_3d_specs.html Edited, Oct 11th 2010 3:40pm by sideways