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Difference between integrated and 128mb?

by zackster123 / February 5, 2008 6:49 AM PST

I'm buying a new PC from dell and I have a choice of Integrated Nividia Geforce graphics card or a Geforce 128mb card. Which one is a better choice? What's the difference? Is it worth paying $60 to get the 128 one? Please Help!

p.s. I'm gonna be running Windows vista home premium

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Gaming? Skip to 256MB and..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 7:22 AM PST

That shared memory has two impacts on gaming. 1. It's usually much slower for the graphics or even incompatible with the game and 2. The memory access by the GPU can block the CPU access and you take a small but measurable hit in CPU speed.


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by zackster123 / February 5, 2008 8:20 AM PST

Thanks, but I'm really not a gamer.

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Then go for it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 11:09 AM PST
In reply to: THANKS

I own a few laptops with shared video ram. Card games work fine, DVD is fine, and so on. The price is right too.


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by zackster123 / February 6, 2008 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Then go for it.

Wait so the shared ram is like the integrated video card? Becuase it's using shared ram with your computer?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2008 4:49 AM PST
In reply to: Confused?

But why would it matter unless you wanted to play Doom or Halo?

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by zackster123 / February 6, 2008 5:54 AM PST
In reply to: Yes.

Yeah, that's right but If I ever wanted to.....

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Integrated or dedicated 128MB NiVidia graphics ?
by Hollister Bean / February 6, 2008 11:49 PM PST

Power up now with 512MB using your coming event purchasing your HP9850 !'8800GT-256MB' minimum.. . Great money pit for your software dollars; stay affordable or Semi w/ DELL for 2008.

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