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April 5, 2013 8:40:22 AM

I have an HP Pavilion p7-1534 with A8-5500 with integrated Radeon 7560d graphics.

I would like to get a better graphics card but dont know what my options are. I would like to spend under $150. I know the power supply size can be a problem (its 300w). I would rather spend my available money on the graphics card rather than uprading both the PS and graphics card.

My understanding is some radeon cards can use the intergrated card as a booster. This sounds great but I know lil to nothing about radeon cards.
April 5, 2013 8:47:34 AM

You probably could get a 6670 or a 7750.
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April 5, 2013 8:56:55 AM

odd thing i see but on HP's site it says

"Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently"

so I guess the crossfire option is null with this machine. therefore, unless you are willing to upgrade your power supply, I wouldn't bother getting a discreet graphics card.

do you have any kind of budget?
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April 5, 2013 9:08:24 AM

In general, AMD's APUs allow you to have a "dual graphics" setup with another AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphic card up to the Radeon HD 6670. A higher model will automatically disable the integrated Radeon HD 7560D.

If what swifty_morganstated is true, then HP may have disabled the feature somehow. Why would they do something like that? I don't know. Regardless, if you want to get the best possible performance, then simply buy the Radeon HD 7750 which will work fine with a 300w PSU.

The Radeon HD 7750 is basically equal to the Radeon HD 6770. Pretty impressive for a card that only peaks at around 47w of power.
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April 5, 2013 9:10:46 AM

If I were you I would choose one of two options... the A-5500 tops out at 3.2ghz which may bottleneck a high-end GPU on some games.
1) You can take advantage of dual graphics and get close to the performance to a 7750 by getting a 6670 and using it with the APU (probably giving it a good balance between the cpu and gpu (probably no bottlenecks)...
2) it seems like the Kaveri APU may come out with FM2 compatibility and may give you a faster CPU AND GCN GPU (probably for a very cheap price and close performance to a 7750 if not better) but you may have to upgrade to faster memory to take advantage of faster graphics on APUs.

Either choice is good.

IF what swifty_morgan says is true and you can't use the dual graphics... then I would go with the 7750.
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April 5, 2013 10:34:27 AM

Yes, 7750 for sure.
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July 2, 2013 8:32:08 AM

I have an HP P7-1534 (A8-5500) and could not set up dual graphics with a Sapphire Radeon 6570 card. I found out that the HP BIOS on this model does not have the option to switch boot preference between the CPU's graphics and the PCI slot graphics (like "InitDisplayFirst = Onboard"). For dual graphics to work, the CPU embedded graphics must get control first and 'run things' - without a BIOS option otherwise, the PCI slot card is detected and switched to automatically, and dual graphics won't run with the PCI card in control. Shame on HP for effectively disabling a perfectly safe built-in AMD feature. Shame on me for buying a computer at a big box store.
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November 29, 2013 6:17:06 PM

ggunnell said:
I have an HP P7-1534 (A8-5500) and could not set up dual graphics with a Sapphire Radeon 6570 card. I found out that the HP BIOS on this model does not have the option to switch boot preference between the CPU's graphics and the PCI slot graphics (like "InitDisplayFirst = Onboard"). For dual graphics to work, the CPU embedded graphics must get control first and 'run things' - without a BIOS option otherwise, the PCI slot card is detected and switched to automatically, and dual graphics won't run with the PCI card in control. Shame on HP for effectively disabling a perfectly safe built-in AMD feature. Shame on me for buying a computer at a big box store.


It is acutally possible to get Dual Graphics working with a HP Pavilion computer. It is tricky and requires you going into the UEFI BIOS and switching on Legacy Boot. This requires turning off the Safe boot option, after which try restarting and going back into the BIOS again. There should be an option reguarding Integrated Graphics which you can turn on under a seperate tab. My memory is a bit hazy since I did this almost a year ago but just know it is possible. If you respond to this I will definitely look into it further for you. Right now I am running dual graphics with an A8-5500 HD7560D + HD6670 on a HP Pavilion P7-1414
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December 10, 2013 11:11:45 AM

PaleHybrid said:
ggunnell said:
I have an HP P7-1534 (A8-5500) and could not set up dual graphics with a Sapphire Radeon 6570 card. I found out that the HP BIOS on this model does not have the option to switch boot preference between the CPU's graphics and the PCI slot graphics (like "InitDisplayFirst = Onboard"). For dual graphics to work, the CPU embedded graphics must get control first and 'run things' - without a BIOS option otherwise, the PCI slot card is detected and switched to automatically, and dual graphics won't run with the PCI card in control. Shame on HP for effectively disabling a perfectly safe built-in AMD feature. Shame on me for buying a computer at a big box store.


It is acutally possible to get Dual Graphics working with a HP Pavilion computer. It is tricky and requires you going into the UEFI BIOS and switching on Legacy Boot. This requires turning off the Safe boot option, after which try restarting and going back into the BIOS again. There should be an option reguarding Integrated Graphics which you can turn on under a seperate tab. My memory is a bit hazy since I did this almost a year ago but just know it is possible. If you respond to this I will definitely look into it further for you. Right now I am running dual graphics with an A8-5500 HD7560D + HD6670 on a HP Pavilion P7-1414


Please let us know! I am trying to get my APU-Radeon working to do some OpenCL on it and compare APU vs NVIDIA. I also have an HP p7-1414 with an NVIDIA Quadro 410 as the main card.

I am running Linux and the lspci utility does not even show the APU VGA, just the NVIDIA.

I wonder if anyone knows how an onchip GPU hides itself?
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