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#1 cornzey

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 04:46 AM

Hi there,

I'm looking at buying a laptop, and there are some good deals around. But if i want dedicated graphics the prices seem to jump up considerably.

What i want to know is whether dedicated graphics memory gives a major advantage in performance, or whether it is the GPU that mainly affects the performance.

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#2 Sterling14

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 05:39 AM

I think laptop graphics cards are a waste of money. They are overpriced, and usually not very good. You won't see any performance increase, unless you play games. If you watch HD movies, a graphics card might help a bit though. It will take the load off the processor. Besides that, a graphics card isn't necessary. The thing is too, those lower end graphics cards like the Nvidia 8400, aren't even that great, and they will raise the price of a laptop probably by about $100.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 01:13 PM

If graphics are all that important to you stick with a desktop and get a dedicated card. Laptops just don't cut it when it comes to the graphics.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:45 PM

And if you do find a labtop with a decent video card it will most certainly kill your battery in the matter of hours. I'd stick with desktops for graphics unless you really need to and have the money for a good labtop.
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