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Graphics - More Shared VS Less Dedicated

Hello Pros!

What's better - in relative terms, and when system memory is not a constraint - integrated graphics that is able to make use of more shared memory, or dedicated graphics that has less memory to utilise.

For example
512MB dedicated or 1.5GB shared, where system memory is 8GB.

I think all I'm looking for here are theoritical answers; kindly refrain from "you'd have to run tests" responses!

Many Thanks
Newbie with a limited budget to buy laptop

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"you'd have to run tests"

In reply to: Graphics - More Shared VS Less Dedicated

Just kidding. The brutal truth is that gamers don't take to shared memory solutions. Just forget it. No test required.

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Newbie with a limited budget to buy laptop

In reply to: Graphics - More Shared VS Less Dedicated

Sorry for this type of response; but true gamers won't use laptops for gaming, majority of laptops are not setup for the intense graphics/ framerates that games possess.

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In reply to: Newbie with a limited budget to buy laptop

...Come on Brechan, that wasn't very helpful.

'True' gamers... What does that even mean?
I've played games throughout my life; the day before my wedding, the afternoon preceding my engagement, the evening prior to my exams, the night ahead of my interview.
I am a 'true' gamer.

But, this is all a bit off topic.
And to turn it around, apply the example in the original post to a desktop rather than a laptop.

I know there are other elements to graphical processing which affect its output, but an essential part is the memory. So just some theoretical possibilities backed by a bit of reasoning that answers the topic of this post, would be much appreciated.


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Look at this way.

In reply to: Brechan

No shared video solution has ever "passed the mustard" and won a gamer's love.

To write anymore would be a waste of time.

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You can have all the memory

In reply to: Brechan

in the world, but it's not going to make a lick of difference if you're sharing it with your integrated video card.
Dedicated graphics are the only way to go, that's why manufacturers like ATI and NVidia make 'Gaming' video cards.

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In reply to: You can have all the memory

Should have known better than ask a question in a public place, where any cretin can respond.

I'll stick with my fellow IT team mates from now.

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You asked...we answered

In reply to: Useless

You asked the members here for their honest opinion on the subject of integrated graphics vs. dedicated graphics, R. Proffit and I gave you our opinion.
If you asked this question on any PC forum, you would generally get the same answers as here.
Integrated graphics will do fine for any purpose other than gaming.
However; if you install a dedicated graphics card onto the motherboard in quesiton, the dedicated graphics card would kick in when the graphics become too intense for the integrated chip (such as playing games), then shut down when the game stops.

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You want a gaming laptop?

In reply to: Useless

In that case you will be wanting an Alienware;

Forget about budget considerations!

The "Shared memory versus dedicated graphics" question, just a few examples;

What does dedicated graphics and shared graphics mean?

Shared graphic issue

Dedicated Vs Shared Memory

But it seems from your post that, despite asking the question, "What's better....?", you had already made up your mind what answer you wanted, and have rejected the advice given.

Good luck with that. Since you are not happy with the help provided in these forums I will lock this discussion.


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