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NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus???

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by jimmyjam_85, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. jimmyjam_85

    jimmyjam_85 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey all,
    Im going to be purchasing a dell X17, and a friend of mine suggested not getting some features i wanted and told me to pay 150$ extra to get the upgraded vid card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus

    The one that is standard is NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M 1GB graphics with Optimus

    In my mind an upgrade of 150 to a vid card should provide substantial improvements.

    Im having trouble finding benchmarks and stuff on the difference in the cards. Im not very experienced in vid cards either... and was simply looking for other peoples opinions. i cant beleive this has dedicated 3GB, so any info would be useful. Thanks
     
  2. Baka

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    If you have the money to spare, why not ._. If you're on a strict budget, then I don't think so. Who cares if it's 3GB dedicated memory. 1GB is plenty enough for whatever we need now :x

    Not exactly sure about performance difference but GT 555M is about as strong as the old 9800M GTX isn't it? ._.
     
  3. rjbg84

    rjbg84 Notebook Evangelist

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    What was his reasoning on getting the 3gb version over the 1gb one...how much did it come up to??? Because if it made over $1400, you were better off with an Envy 17 3Dor any comparable sager with a better card...
     
  4. svl7

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    I'd expect a certain performance boost of the 555 over the 550, but I haven't seen any benches so far.

    555m has 144 cuda cores vs 96 on the 550m and also the memory bus is faster. I guess with a little overclock the 555m isn't that bad.

    Both cards have DDR3 RAM, so the bigger memory bandwith of the 555m will be useful imo.
     
  5. DJ_Pawel

    DJ_Pawel Notebook Consultant

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    The 3GB memory has to be a typo, not even desktop cards have that much memory.

    *Edit:
     
  6. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    the gt555m is the same chip as the gt 445m that was offered in the xps17 pre refresh, its actually better than the abused gt 425m gt 435m gt 525m gt 540m and gt 550m, which are the same chip overclocked again and again.

    you guys are right the 3g and 1g wont offer him no improvements, since the card wont benefit due to lower power of the processor. Now if you were talking about 1920*1080 and higher with more powerful processor like the gtx 570 and 6900 desktop version you were going to see the difference, outside that, just a market gimmick
     
  7. jimmyjam_85

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    I have extra to spare, just want to make sure its worthwhile... Id rather spend the 150 and upgrade something to something better a year or two from now... rather than spend the 150 more now and not really see much improvement.

    The entire system is only around 950. I think he is pretty nieve and just figures it is a huge upgrade because it says "3GB". He basically wants me to not get a Blue ray player and pay extra to get this card.

    I feel like 150 extra for that card is alot, considering i could improve other stuff like processor and ram for that much.
     
  8. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    if gaming is a priority the gpu upgrade is going to make more sense.
     
  9. jimmyjam_85

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    interesting, thank you. The processor is
    "2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz [Included in Price]"

    I figured it wouldn't provide meaningful improvements... especially since i mainly play SC2.

    Would it be safe to say that if i wanted to have significant improvement i would just have to go up a tier in price... say to the 1300-1500 range?
     
  10. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    processors have a lesser improvement in game than most people think, and since this is a poor card to fit in a 17'', you are going to be first gpu strained than cpu strained
     
  11. jimmyjam_85

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    I understand good to know. In your previous post you made it sound like the 150$ upgrade that is offered for this system is not worth it and a market gimmick. your suggestion would be to pass on it?
     
  12. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    sorry, might not have worded it right, it is worthy it, but not because of the added memory, but because of the better processor in it.
     
  13. jimmyjam_85

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    K, thanks so much for the help i really appreciate it. Thanks for helping noobers like me all.
     
  14. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    no worries, I would actually up and go for the m17x r3 coupled with a 6970.

    I dont game much either, but I like to keep my machines working for a long time, and the more power and added upgrade ability I would go for that, or just go and splurge for the sager/clevo if the looks are in the way (the weight of is about the same as far as I remember, might be wrong though)
     
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    The 4GB Sapphire 6990 wants to talk to you.
     
  16. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    not to mention the asus lambo series with the same amount of memory with a gtx 460m
     
  17. Meaker

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    Which "only" really have access to 2GB (each core has a duplicate copy).

    Whichever way you look at it 3GB is massivly stupid. 1.5GB would have been questionable.
     
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    Not if you are running a multi-monitor setup.
     
  19. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    so higher res more strain on the laptop gpu, which is never intended to go pass, basic enthusiast level, meaning nothing higher than full hd allowed, yeah... it wont make any sense.

    if you are running a xfire 6970 with 3 monitors, then great have more memory, if not, I hardly see the added benefit
     
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    By the time you are running over 1GB of textures back and forth the memory bus will be screaming bloody murder.

    I'm sorry but to get to 2FPS from 1FPS when running at 5760x1080 is not worth the cost.

    Going with even 756mb in the GDDR5 version would have created MUCH better performance.
     

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