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which is a better gaming laptop

by vivmos / December 9, 2004 2:04 AM PST

ZV5330US)

128 mb shared ati 9000 and 3.2 GHZ processor speed

system ram is 512 mb with P4 HT
or a
ZD7310US)


Gforce 64 mb dedicated and a 3 ghz processor spoeed

system ram is 512 mb with p4 HT

please let me know

thanks

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Shared video RAM is always a non-gamer machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 2:16 AM PST
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Re: Shared video RAM is always a non-gamer machine.
by vivmos / December 9, 2004 3:02 AM PST

hi

i understand that shared is not for games....but wouldnt 128 shared be better than 64 dedicated? the sys has 512 mb ram which is a lot.... in this case wouldnt 12b shared be better even though its shared? plus the 128 shared system has a 3.2 ghz processor compared to 64 dedicated which is just 3.0..... i totally get that dedicated is better than shared....but is 64 dedicated better than a 128 shared? 64 dedicated is better than 64 shared but what about 128 shareD? pls let me know

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Not from what I've seen. Shared video RAM is bad for games
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 3:31 AM PST
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Re: which is a better gaming laptop
by khalidalwalid / December 9, 2004 3:02 AM PST

I guess the one with dedicated Video RAM is always a better gaming laptop. Shared VRam never gives satisfactory results irrespective of graphic card chipset.

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Re: which is a better gaming laptop
by vivmos / December 9, 2004 3:05 AM PST

hi

i understand that shared is not for games....but wouldnt 128 shared be better than 64 dedicated? the sys has 512 mb ram which is a lot.... in this case wouldnt 12b shared be better even though its shared? plus the 128 shared system has a 3.2 ghz processor compared to 64 dedicated which is just 3.0..... i totally get that dedicated is better than shared....but is 64 dedicated better than a 128 shared? 64 dedicated is better than 64 shared but what about 128 shareD? pls let me know

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Re: which is a better gaming laptop
by KenSanramon / December 9, 2004 3:31 AM PST

No No No -- shared/dedicated video at this point is never superior to even 32mb dedicated video as it uses part of your system RAM and also it can halt the processor when you encounter heavy video traffic.

Dedicated video means you have an independent video card soldered to the motherboard that takes over all the video tasks and therefore does not interfere with the processor at all.

The key thing for many people, even non-gamers is that since your dedicated video RAM does not use your system RAM you will get better performance even not playing games.

You need at least 64mb DEDICATED video RAM to play many newer games even at reduced settings. 128mb dedicated video is the minimum for serious gamers for playing games at full speed or close to it. The Dell 8600 Pentium M, Acer 2000 series, and many Pentium 4M notebooks (like the HPzd7000 monster) have this. 256mb dedicated video is the ultimate but that is mostly a desktop plateau at this point (or on notebooks over $3,000).

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