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Intel 4500MHD vs NVIDIA 8600M GT - which is better for video via HDMI?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Zon74, Oct 22, 2008.

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  1. Zon74

    Zon74 Newbie

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    I'm not worried about games, only about connecting a laptop to an HDTV to play movies and HiDef content. Will either or both of these processors do the job? Which will do it better?

    Also, there were stories a few months ago about the 8600M being defective and overheating. Were those issues ever resolved? Should I avoid an 8600M based laptop?

    Are there any Dell laptops that use the 4500MHD?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. BrianV

    BrianV Notebook Guru

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    The E series Latitudes use the 4500.

    I'd recommend the 4500, less heat, more power efficient, built-in HD/BR decoding. The performance of the 4500 is much better than previous Intel chipsets.

    Save the money and energy and go with the 4500MHD.
     
  3. 2401PT

    2401PT Notebook Evangelist

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    There is a huge difference between the two. The 8600M GT is a dedicated GPU, and thus geometrically more powerful then the Intel 4500MHD, which is a dedicated GPU (built into the chipset). The 8600M will perform much better than the 4500M in games, and application, but will use more power. If battery life and price are VERY important to you, than go for the 4500M. But if you plan on doing anything graphic intensive (games, videos, photos, CAD, etc), go for the 8600M.
     
  4. Melody

    Melody How's It Made Addict

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    The 8600M GT is much more powerful than the HD4500.
    Something like
    8600M GT>>>>>>>>>>>HD4500 in terms of power

    Intel's integrated graphics have never been super, even ATI's integrated solution(the ATI HD3200) is more than twice as powerful.

    Since you didn't mention anything very graphic intensive though except HD, the HD4500 should do the job fine. The "HD" in the name isn't just for show lol :p It is capable of processing HD content.

    The 8600 is mostly if you plan on gaming or doing any type of graphic heavy stuff.

    Also, I'm not 100% sure, but I believe there are accounts that the G86 series of GPUs are ok to use now.
     
  5. BrianV

    BrianV Notebook Guru

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    Define graphic heavy stuff. Unless your using some 3d rendering program like a CAD program or playing games, the discrete video won't help at all.

    I don't want people to get confused that viewing photos or watching video will make any difference in this comparison because it won't.

    Graphic heavy = 3d rendering, gaming, cad, etc,

    Resizing/compressing video or photos will not be affected by the video card. I just didn't want that to get interpreted incorrectly.
     
  6. Melody

    Melody How's It Made Addict

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    Well the biggest advantage the 8600M GT has over the HD4500 is for games. If the OP wanted to render with CAD or something, a FireGL or Quadro card would be better.

    But yes, for videos, photos and all the jazz, the HD4500 will not yield any inferior quality to the 8600M GT. In fact, if you don't plan on gaming(or you game something 3-4+ years old), then I'd recommend integrated because of less heat and less power usage(and more battery life).

    So I'd recommend sticking with the HD4500.
     
  7. Chango99

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    Just stick with the Intel 4500MHD for movies.
     
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    StealthTH Notebook Evangelist

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    If your just worried about HDMI output and movies/non gaming or rendering needs, the 4500 is perfect. It is very good at decoding hi def movies and good power consumption as well.
     
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    somhavoc Notebook Consultant

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    however these are all good point but you have to think about future proof also... are you going to want to play any type of game? Is it wortht the extra 100 bucks? I would just get the 8600GT laptop and not be disapointed.
     
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    The fact is that he specifically mentioned not being interested in games and that is the major power the 8600M GT has over the HD4500. If he does want to add gaming into his future uses of the laptop, then yes, he should get the 8600M GT, but if he isn't interested for x reason, then no use spending money you won't be fully utilizing either. I know people who don't play games, have an GMA950 in their laptops and are perfectly happy after 2 years.
     
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