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HP Pavillion zv5320ca vs Compaq R3320CA

by sreesr / November 26, 2004 11:54 PM PST
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Re: HP Pavillion zv5320ca vs Compaq R3320CA
by sreesr / November 27, 2004 2:48 AM PST

Looks like the links mentioned above does not work
Here are the new links
For HP zv5320ca -

For compaq

I am leaning more towards the compaq one, since it has 64 bit Athlon, and a 64 MB dedicated video memory .. but not sure how good the video card is .. NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go

The HP one has a shared video card - ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 IGP with 128MB DDR (shared)

There is nothing other which differs much .. of course, the HP is definitely the better looking one with the black keyboard.. not sure if the compaq white keyboard will get noticeably dirty with use..

I would appreciate it a lot for some pointers here


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Re: HP Pavillion zv5320ca vs Compaq R3320CA
by KenSanramon / November 29, 2004 12:26 PM PST

HP and Compaq are both the same company so they usually sell 1 model of each that are similar .. see for best pricing and discounts ...

However, the HP configuration you have stated has only shared/integrated video memory.

If you have to buy one or the other get the Compaq has it has Dedicated RAM -- 64mb is fine for most users.

If you don't know the difference between dedicated video RAM (video card in notebook and shared/integrated video (chip on motherboard) you have better search this site or find out fast as you will be screwed if you order shared video and want dedicated video later......

That is the #1 error made by notebook buyers as you can't pop in a video card later in an open expansion slot at anytime as you can on a desktop.......

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Re: HP Pavillion zv5320ca vs Compaq R3320CA
by Digidoc / December 11, 2004 10:41 AM PST

Thanks for the tip about shared/integrated video vs. dedicated video. I always enjoy learning new & important details before I buy. A very 'close competitor' choice of notebook I'm kind of keen on right now is the Toshiba Satellite A70-KL1.

At 'Best Buy' here in Canada, their prices are identical, and the specs extremely similar. I'm trying to decide between the Toshiba and the HP zv5320ca. I myself prefer the 'look' of those two notebooks vs. the Compaq. Please let me know if the Toshiba's video is 'dedicated' and upgradeable later. Much appreciated!

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Find Toshiba specs at
by KenSanramon / December 15, 2004 5:24 PM PST

Many lower priced Toshiba notebooks have only shared/integrated video (like Intel extreme graphics) but if the specs state an ATI or Nvideo video card with 32mb or 64mb DEDICATED video RAM it has it.

Get all the details at on specific models.

The Toshiba M30/M35 series has dedicated video memory on higher end models but many of the lower priced M35X models only have shared video RAM ....

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Re: Toshiba laptop Specs
by Digidoc / December 18, 2004 4:36 PM PST

Ken......Many thanks from another 'newbie'. I've been learning lots from the forums.

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HP/Compaq user independent forums a big plus
by KenSanramon / December 20, 2004 4:39 AM PST

Yes, the,, and cover the 4 major types of notebooks (Pentium M Centrino with dedicated video card, Pentium 4M destop replacement with 17" LCD, Athlon 64 notebook, lightweight under 5.5 pound Pentium M notebook with shared video).

I heavily compared the Toshiba M30/M35 series when I purchased and got the Compaq X1000 at the time due to a slightly better LCD at that time and a better price (by about $100).

But, now my main reason for being satisfied with my notebook is the existence of these forums which has answered every question or issue I have had and also points out upgrades or potential trouble spots.

Just having a spot where nearly everyone has the same notebook as you (not just the same brand) is extremely valuable.........

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