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discrete graphics on a laptop

by snare22 / October 21, 2011 8:32 PM PDT

I'm interested in buying a MSI GT683DXR gaming laptop. It has a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 570M discrete graphics (DDR5 1.5GB VRAM.I'm wondering what discrete means?Does that mean I can upgrade the card at some point.On a side note do you folks recomend a better laptop,maybe with a bigger screen at a reasonable price.(1600$ or less)Any help or advice would be appreciated.I do have a desktop for my work,I just want a laptop to be able to sit anywhere in my house to play games.Especially when I get BF3.

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Most of the time NO!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 2:31 AM PDT

But the 570 is way up on the GPU scale today so it will play today's games.

I find folk that ask if the video can be upgraded in laptops are moving from desktops. The answer is no, 99% of the time.
Bob

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discrete vs integrated
by snare22 / October 22, 2011 7:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Most of the time NO!

Bob,
I realise that is a good card.I guess I should be clearer on what I meant.What is the difference between discrete graphics and integrated graphics in a laptop.I'm not computer savvy, but I do realize the limitations for owning a laptop.Sorry for any confusion.

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In short.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: discrete vs integrated

Most discrete graphic score well on games and benchmarks. And there is no card in 99% of the laptops. There are chips soldered to the board.
Bob

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