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Integrated vs. Dedicated graphics

by Majorb42 / February 17, 2011 10:35 AM PST

I'm buying a new laptop. I am not a serious gamer, but I do plan on playing some video games (at least Portal 2). Will I be able to play games without a dedicated graphics card?

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I'm going with no. Then I'll change my mind.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2011 8:01 PM PST

Gameplay is usually not happy without such. But as the designs are changing to where the GPU is fused with the CPU (see AMD's Fusion sets) this will change. While your strict definition of integrated would have us call that integrated it's better than your common integrated video system.

What to do? See the benchmarks.

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by jordeygurl19 / February 25, 2011 12:28 PM PST
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2011 1:07 AM PST
In reply to: benchmarks

I've used that in the past but want to share a trick. Sometimes you can't find the exact GPU. If so go for the next model down and same for the one you want to compare. What I found is this helps me figure out if some GPU will be acceptable.

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Integrated is adequate
by ChuckT / February 21, 2011 4:17 AM PST

Integrated video is adequate for non-serious gaming. (Solitaire comes to mind.)
And since you said you were not a serious gamer ...

When you get serious, then look into some serious desktop computers where you can install some serious cards.

There are some high priced, high performance laptops, with some very good video circuits. But those require some serious money.

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Integrated Cards
by DaaveJoe / March 31, 2011 4:23 PM PDT

I don't think you will have any problem in playing games with integrated graphics card as well. You can go for any one of them as both are equally good.

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by cnet1489 / October 3, 2011 1:39 AM PDT

I love Graphics!~!!!

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