[Chimera-users] Mx 230 gpu, chimera and chimerax

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Tue Feb 18 14:49:58 PST 2020

Hi Yehuda,

  The mx230 graphics is slow, similar to Intel graphics but that is usable with Chimera.  NotebookCheck says this about the mx230

	https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-MX230-Graphics-Card.382351.0.html <https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-MX230-Graphics-Card.382351.0.html>


Thanks to the newer Pascal architecture, the MX230 is significantly faster than the old GeForce MX130 (Maxwell based). <https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-MX130-GPU-Benchmarks-and-Specs.258054.0.html> Demanding games of 2019 run only in lowest resolution and detail settings and may stutter (e.g. Anno 1800 or Rage 2 ran with under 30fps in our benchmarks). Less demanding games like Overwatch, Fifa 19 or Rocket League, however, can be played in higher detail and resolution settings without stuttering (see benchmarks below).

Chimera looking at large data (500,000 atoms, or Gbyte density maps) is like a demanding video game, so this laptop would not be ideal for looking at large data sets, but would be fine for moderate size data.  The CPU is a typical low power laptop CPU, again adequate for moderate size data.


> On Feb 17, 2020, at 7:03 AM, Yehuda Halfon <yehuda.halfon at weizmann.ac.il> wrote:
> Hi all, 
> A friend of mine in my lab wants to buy a new laptop with mx230. Will it work fine with chimera and chimerax? 
> The cpu is i5-10210u and 8 GB of ram. 
> Thanks a lot, 
> Yehuda Halfon 
> PS
> I know this isn't the chimerax mailing list but I hope to get a double answer in one mail
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