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Intel Extreme Graphics 2 VS PCI graphics card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Doomsday123, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. Doomsday123

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    I just picked up an HP dx2000 desktop computer that has the "Intel Extreme Graphics 2" onboard video card. Im trying to play World of Warcraft on the machine and it is a bit jumpy due to what I assume is the graphics card. The system has 1Gb of RAM so I dont believe it has anything to do with the RAM.

    My question is, will my system benifit from a PCI graphics card or is the bus too slow for PCI to show any type of improvement? The only reason I say PCI is because the system does not have an AGP slot.

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks, I just wanted to make sure that the PCI card would out perform the onboard video so that I was not waisting my money. I will probably go with a 128MB GeForce 5200 for about $35 or maybe the step up for just a bit more.

    Thanks again!
     
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    No prob.

    The thing about on-board video is that it drains power from other areas in your computer to produce things that can be more effectively done by an add-in card, and therefore both the graphics capability and the general system capability both suffer as a result.

    Onboard video uses system RAM in order to work, which takes your 1gb of RAM down to 768 or less, depending on how much is assigned to graphics.

    By using an add-in video card with it's own GPU and on-card memory, all the graphics work is unloaded from your system RAM and processor, so everything works just that much better.
     
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    One more question.

    FX 5200

    VS

    FX 5500

    Will I see a improvment over the 5200 for the extra $5? I see that the 5500 has a bit faster core clock speed but what does the 400Mhz(effective) vs the 400Mhz mean on the memory clock?

    HERE is the comparison

    Thanks.
     
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    For an extra $5, get the 5500. It will be ever-so-slightly better, but for $5 it's worth it.

    The 'effective' basically means that it's DDR memory at 200mhz. DDR = dual data rate = 200mhz x 2 = 400mhz effective data rate. This applies to the 5500 as well, even though it doesn't say 'effective' in the description.
     
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    Thanks for the great help!
     
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