Pros and Cons of Graphics Card vs Integrated

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  1. BoostedA4

    BoostedA4 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't know much about the effects a graphic card has on overall performance and everyday tasks...so here are my questions to you all:
    NOTE: For my comparison, I am mainly considering 64MB dedicated versus Integrated

    What exactly does a graphics card enhance besides ability to play latest games? Does it increase load time of images on the web? Are images and text sharper?

    What are the downsides of a graphics card? How much excess heat/power does it use? Noise factor? Reliability?

    I do not play games, or if I did they would not be anything requiring more than 64MB dedicated. Is getting a graphics card only going to hurt me?
     
  2. Rahul

    Rahul Notebook Prophet

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    For your needs, integrated is just fine. I think that dedicated video cards do cause extra heat and lower the battery life. It won't increase image load time or make text sharper or anything like that.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    Getting a dedicated card won't hurt you, but if you're not gaming or using applications that need it, you're not going to benefit either.

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    Apart from gaming what other applications are intensive on the graphics card?
     
  5. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    There are several industry specific applications (design, architecture, engineering, etc) from what I understand.

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    gecko Notebook Evangelist

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    Any program that uses rendering. Photoshop, Bryce- Picture programs. 3d studio max, maya- 3d modeling programs. AutoCAD, SoildWorks, iDea- Cad type programs.

    But mainly when you manipulating anything graphical. It wouldn't matter on picture loading, but would help if you applying filters to it.
     
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    You can't play Sims 2 with integrated graphics card, though... :(

    Titanium...The metal of choice.

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