On Board Video Chewing RAM bandwidth

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by AndrewR, Jul 30, 2004.

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  1. AndrewR

    AndrewR Newbie

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    Hi.

    I've recently discovered using Sandra benchmarking software that my onboard video card is chewing into my RAM bandwidth. My typical video settings, 1400 X 1050 pixels and high colour, are reducing my RAM bandwidth by ~30%. While I can compromise on my video settings, the lowest practical demand settings still reduce RAM bandwidth by ~ 20%.

    My question is this: given that the mini PCI slots don't support video cards, is there another way to get an alternative video card onto my system? For example is there a way to use an external case/pci card over USB2 to provide a non-onboard video card?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

     
  2. mathlete2001

    mathlete2001 Notebook Deity

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    What laptop do you have? Vid. Card?

    GPU cooling (100°C->75°C)* Inspiron 8600 * 1.8ghz Pentium M * 128 MB Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo (337/242 -> 400/300) * 2x256 MB DDR2700 SDRAM * Aquamark 3: 24058 * 3DMark'03: 3404 * 3DMark'01 SE: 13120
     
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