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Integrated video card question

by 89searinox / November 20, 2007 4:55 AM PST

Hi, I'm looking for a new laptop, however I'm on a budget. I was planning to buy a Sony Vaio CR which uses an integrated Intel X3100 video card. Initially I was tempted to buy a 4gb (of ram) version, however I realized that I could save a lot of money by buying a 1 gb version and putting myself 4 gb on it, which is quite simple. However, as far as I know, that video card uses part of the computer's memory, so I wondered if after upgrading it from 1 gb to 4 gb will it "know" and use more ram for graphics?. I'm not sure but if you have 1 gb of ram the video card should use less memory than if it had more, so after upgrading will it automatically work at it's best or will it continue limited? Is the memory used by this card determined by the available ram or will it be limited by the manufacture? Will it's video perform as well as if I had buy it with 4 gigs straight form the manufacturer?

Thanks for any help

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First will you be upset that Windows will show less than 4GB
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2007 4:56 AM PST

Most are surprised at this plus they later discover that Windows limits applications to just 2GB so the speed kick they wanted doesn't happen.


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Thanks for your reply.
by 89searinox / November 20, 2007 5:07 AM PST

I know, however I don't work on Windows so that's not a problem in my case. I only use Windows for gaming and that's why I wanted to know if the video card would perform the same if I buy 4 gb from the manufacture or if I install it myself, taking into account that it is an integrated video card.



Pd: That's got to be the fastest reply ever, love the Cnet Comunnity!!!

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There is also some removed for any 32-bit OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2007 6:13 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for your reply.

The Intel architecture may remove from 512MB to a little over 1GB of your 4GB RAM in any of the usual 32 bit OSes. This issue has caused many many (too many) questions of "Where did my RAM go?"

In theory and by rights the machine should be the same whether it comes with or you change the RAM later. However some try to use GENERIC memory sticks and learn more than they ever hoped for.


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