Shared vs Dedicated Graphics

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Sam Z

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Hello,

I have been looking for information on dedicate vs shared graphics. I understand that in general dedicated is better, but I recently got a new machine with ~1.7ish GB shared (8 GB total system), however I have a 1 GB Radeon 4650 from an older machine. Which is better? Is it worth the trouble putting it in (voiding warrently and all, but that is not a big concern...).

I use it for games and video editing mostly (or plan too).

Thanks in advance for any input!!

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Thanks for the input. Now, if I can just get it to display the right resolution... 1600X is the highest option, but my monitor is a 1080p HGTV (1920X). The integrated graphics did fine with it. I updated the drivers and CCC but no better resolution options. Does anyone know of issues with this card and HGTVs?
 

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Most integrated graphics are junk for games, If you are going to play games a dedicated graphics is recommended. The HD4650 will destroy Integrated graphics

Look at the hierarchy chart here at Toms

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-radeon-hd-5570-gaming,2697-7.html

You will see that the HD4650 is a lot better the any integrated GPU.

Most computer makers will not void a warranty if you install hardware, They will not cover the hardware you install.
 

Kari

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the (shared) memory size doesn't really mean anything, it's the actuall GPU chip that counts.... The shared memory size is just a big number that the marketing people like to use to make sound 'better'

and +1 to all above
 

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you can go to youtube and watch some step by step guide on how to install a graphics card physically if you're a little nervous.
 
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