i hope the following post i posted 2yrs ago might help you in your selection of tablet......
Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:14 pm
right then, here goes.....
i bought a microsoft surface pro 3 i7 tablet this month, just to play mfme v5 on.
MFME V5 ran ok, but only on standard layouts....MPU 4 VIDEO...(MPU4V)...not so good. played very, very slow.
its mpu4 video im interested in running. i know the are problems running the mpu4v games, but i do have copies of the released mpu4v layouts in their proper scaling and not stretched, so this sorts the "slowdown" and sound break up problems that others have experianced. the i7 cpu in the tablet is much newer generation (haswell) than the 1st gen i5 cpu on my shitty laptop. my laptop plays them flawsley, yet the newer i7 tablet still struggled to run them??? and if i ran on battery, it almost stops. even normal layouts slow down, its obviously somthing to do with the power profile within windows. i set everything, cpu and gpu, at full tit, but this was quirky at best. I changed some system variables (grub-boot64eif) to turn off all thermal throttling of the cpu, at firmware level. (the mfme was hitting around 69-71 degrees, and the firmware was throttling the cpu at 70 degrees by default. i changed it to 80 degrees by default.) this helped a little (no throttle) but not by much.
i had bought the tablet on ebay and so i returned it for a refund. (£450)
So then i bought a DELL VENUE 11 PRO 7139 tablet on ebay (i got one for £199. bargain!) again this tablet had a newer generation cpu than my 1st gen i5 laptop cpu. it has a i5 4000y cpu, 4gb ram, 120gb ssd. this tablet suffers the same heat/throttle/slowdown problems the surface pro above had. i did the same fix to stop the thermal throttle and wacked up everything when running on battery or mains.
RESULT! everything now runs ok, other than the mpu4 video layouts are still a little slow, but i can live with that.
normal layouts run 100%.
i have decided to keep this tablet. it excells at "normal" tasks.
i fix mobile phones now days, and the place where i work has quite a few ATOM powerd tablets kicking around. on every one i tried (from the oldest to the latest generation ATOM CPU,) none of them ran the MFME V5 at a "playable" speed. infact, any of the ATOMS over 2yrs old, didnt really "run" at all. 2mins for one spin of the reels.
Im not saying that would be everyones experiance with an ATOM powerd device, (not all tablet makers are equal, and the ones we sell are cheap tat)
in fact, a guy who runs a computer shop next to mine (hes also a member on these forums)has had some sucess with a newer ATOM powerd tablet, but not at the speed i would like to spend too long playing on (he has a newer atom tablet coming this week. ill update when i find out what it is/how it performs)
BTW...all other MFME (3.2 etc) emulators run totaly fine on the top 2 tablets, but ive not tried them on the ATOM tablets.
so, to sum it all up......my shitty old 1st gen i5 toshiba laptop runs mfme v5 fine (inc MPU4 VIDEO)...........even better that an i7 surface pro 3 tablet! (go figure a!).....tablets are ok for a quick spin if u dont mind a little slow down.......
i hope my above experiance in finding a tablet worthy of MFME V5 helps you decide in getting one. (or not)......TBH..im still looking for such a tablet!......
****im sure other people have got it working ok on their tablets. im just a fussy old git. ******
END OF POST.
in the end, ive built a totally silent PC for my bedroom with a 27in monitor, which is on a hospital type table (the one you can pull over your lap) and a wireless keyboard and mouse. suits me 100%.
Edited by shaun2097, 24 January 2019 - 05:46 PM.
Former Fruit Machine Engineer.<br /><br /> 1988-2004.