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AMD Dual Graphic Card vs AMD Single Graphic Card - Which is better?? (Looking for a new one)

Hello everyone.

I'm currently looking for a new laptop for gaming. Since I have pretty low budget, I looking at Asus x550ze-xx066h which have a dual graphic card in it (AMD r7 m270dx + amd r5 m230 with 2GBRAM). My question is, how good is this dual graphic card? Does it mean that two-in-one AMD graphic cards perform better than the single AMD graphic card (let's say, AMD Radeon R7 M270 2GB)? And also, if possible, explain the one that is better? (This will be really helpful to me)

I just want to make sure that i will buy the right one for me with the low-budget I have. Which one is better, a single graphic card or dual graphic card? Hope to get the right answer because right now I'm expecting the dual graphic to be better. Thanks!
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    The dual graphics one will be better since the AMD r5 is built in and the R7 M270DX is dedicated.... So Only the R5 will be connected to the display but both of them will be rendering via CFX.
    This will decrase micro-stuttering and increase FPS.
  2. proES75 said:
    The dual graphics one will be better since the AMD r5 is built in and the R7 M270DX is dedicated.... So Only the R5 will be connected to the display but both of them will be rendering via CFX.
    This will decrase micro-stuttering and increase FPS.


    lots of thanks to you sir, really helped me.
  3. Your always welcome to PM if you have any doubts...
    BTW I work at AMD...
  4. proES75 said:
    Your always welcome to PM if you have any doubts...
    BTW I work at AMD...


    Oh thanks. This will be really helpful since this will be my first time I use AMD processor
  5. Irfan_ACE said:
    proES75 said:
    Your always welcome to PM if you have any doubts...
    BTW I work at AMD...


    Oh thanks. This will be really helpful since this will be my first time I use AMD processor


    A word of warning, all dual gpu setups can have problems with certain games (some engines don't support the technology).

    This shouldn't be a problem- as Catalyst (AMD's gpu management software) can allow you to configure specific games to only use either the discreet or integrated rather than both (for example a very light game like minecraft might be better on just the integrated gpu to save battery etc, another game that doesn't support crosfire could be set to run only on the discreet card and so on). Worst case is you have to disable dual graphics for a few titles. Most of the big games should hopefully support the feature however.

    This type of laptop should give you a lot of rendering power for the budget, that much is certain.
  6. cdrkf said:
    Irfan_ACE said:
    proES75 said:
    Your always welcome to PM if you have any doubts...
    BTW I work at AMD...


    Oh thanks. This will be really helpful since this will be my first time I use AMD processor


    A word of warning, all dual gpu setups can have problems with certain games (some engines don't support the technology).

    This shouldn't be a problem- as Catalyst (AMD's gpu management software) can allow you to configure specific games to only use either the discreet or integrated rather than both (for example a very light game like minecraft might be better on just the integrated gpu to save battery etc, another game that doesn't support crosfire could be set to run only on the discreet card and so on). Worst case is you have to disable dual graphics for a few titles. Most of the big games should hopefully support the feature however.

    This type of laptop should give you a lot of rendering power for the budget, that much is certain.


    Wow thanks for the info. The downside of this asus laptop is the built-in battery...urrggh its so depressing. Of course the battery will get condemned very quick if I use it for gaming. Any tips or ideas to let the battery live longer? (Maybe I should put a new question-thread?)
  7. Well usually I'd say plug the laptop in whilst gaming as the battery life isn't going to be huge. Also keep in mind, replacement battery packs aren't expensive usually. I have a 5 year old Dell xps laptop that I use for cad and a bit of gaming and only had to replace battery last year and it cost £30 off of eBay :p
  8. cdrkf said:
    Well usually I'd say plug the laptop in whilst gaming as the battery life isn't going to be huge. Also keep in mind, replacement battery packs aren't expensive usually. I have a 5 year old Dell xps laptop that I use for cad and a bit of gaming and only had to replace battery last year and it cost £30 off of eBay :p


    Well, I like gaming and playing on battery is not my interest. I feel like I have to limit my gaming time if I play on this kind of laptop to preserve the battery. Now, I'm looking at Lenovo Ideapad Z50-75. Same spec as the Asus and have a detacheable battery :D
  9. Irfan_ACE said:
    cdrkf said:
    Well usually I'd say plug the laptop in whilst gaming as the battery life isn't going to be huge. Also keep in mind, replacement battery packs aren't expensive usually. I have a 5 year old Dell xps laptop that I use for cad and a bit of gaming and only had to replace battery last year and it cost £30 off of eBay :p


    Well, I like gaming and playing on battery is not my interest. I feel like I have to limit my gaming time if I play on this kind of laptop to preserve the battery. Now, I'm looking at Lenovo Ideapad Z50-75. Same spec as the Asus and have a detacheable battery :D



    To replace the battery on the ASUS what you need is a screwdriver...
    My laptop is custom-built... That way I can replace the battery easier :D
  10. proES75 said:
    Irfan_ACE said:
    cdrkf said:
    Well usually I'd say plug the laptop in whilst gaming as the battery life isn't going to be huge. Also keep in mind, replacement battery packs aren't expensive usually. I have a 5 year old Dell xps laptop that I use for cad and a bit of gaming and only had to replace battery last year and it cost £30 off of eBay :p


    Well, I like gaming and playing on battery is not my interest. I feel like I have to limit my gaming time if I play on this kind of laptop to preserve the battery. Now, I'm looking at Lenovo Ideapad Z50-75. Same spec as the Asus and have a detacheable battery :D



    To replace the battery on the ASUS what you need is a screwdriver...
    My laptop is custom-built... That way I can replace the battery easier :D



    I have a screwdriver with 25 type of blades, specially for the electronics stuff. The question is; do I have to open all of the cover just to replace the battery, or there are easier ways?

    Even if you can answer that, I'm still with my decision, I dont like using built-in-battery laptop to do gaming. I'm not just use this laptop for gaming, but also for my job.

    By the way, you said your laptop is custom-built. Thats sounds interesting. Whats your laptop specs and how much budget you took for it? Did you did it yourself? :)
  11. Irfan_ACE said:
    proES75 said:
    Irfan_ACE said:
    cdrkf said:
    Well usually I'd say plug the laptop in whilst gaming as the battery life isn't going to be huge. Also keep in mind, replacement battery packs aren't expensive usually. I have a 5 year old Dell xps laptop that I use for cad and a bit of gaming and only had to replace battery last year and it cost £30 off of eBay :p


    Well, I like gaming and playing on battery is not my interest. I feel like I have to limit my gaming time if I play on this kind of laptop to preserve the battery. Now, I'm looking at Lenovo Ideapad Z50-75. Same spec as the Asus and have a detacheable battery :D



    To replace the battery on the ASUS what you need is a screwdriver...
    My laptop is custom-built... That way I can replace the battery easier :D



    I have a screwdriver with 25 type of blades, specially for the electronics stuff. The question is; do I have to open all of the cover just to replace the battery, or there are easier ways?

    Even if you can answer that, I'm still with my decision, I dont like using built-in-battery laptop to do gaming. I'm not just use this laptop for gaming, but also for my job.

    By the way, you said your laptop is custom-built. Thats sounds interesting. Whats your laptop specs and how much budget you took for it? Did you did it yourself? :)



    1.some asuses have a special opening for just a battery,otherwise just remove the entire cover
    2.Yes, I built it myself since myoffice was buying Laptop parts for everyone for a budget of $2500 per person... and we got to choose parts
    Specs:
    intel Core i7 4720HQ
    4x AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4 GB GDDR5
    ASUS QHD laptop display (mini displayport)
    16 GB DDR3 SoDIMM 1666 Mhz RAM¨
    AMD R56753 Laptop Workstation Case
    ASUS Corporate Laptop HASWELL i7 Motherboard
    ASUS ROG corporate GAMING Battery
    ASUS Full HD Webcam
    1x intel Core i7 inside sticker, 1x energyStar sticker, 1x AMD Radeon Quad-FireX Graphics sticker, 1x HDMI sticker
    MediaTek 802.11b/g/n Wireless Network Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    2x Creative Soundblaster corporate Laptop Speakers
    1x Creative corporate Laptop Mic
    2x ASUS ROG corporate ULTRA GX7 Fans 2100RPM MAX
    4x SAMSUNG 840 EVO 1 TB SSD in RAID 0
    1x LG interactive 4K TV (seperately bought)
    Realtek NIC LAN card
    MediaTek BlueTooth 4.1 Adapter
    Windows 10 DX12.1, Mantle-supported, BETA Corporate Edition with DX12.1 BETA support for almost all games
  12. My workstation:
    intel CORE i7 5960X/ 2x AMD Fiji VR Pre-release Testing edition/ 2x Crucial Ballistix Sport 16 GB DDR4-2400Mhz/ 4x Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD in Raid 0/ Western Digital Black 4 TB 3.5'' 7200RPM HDD/ Phanteks Enthoo Primo ATX Full Tower
  13. For office...

    My gaming pc is in my sig...
    However, I play games on my office laptop as well :D
  14. OMG IM SO JEALOUS AT YOU!! That spec just for office use!? You are really, really lucky bro..whats your job actually?
  15. Head of Unit, Hardware and game compability Unit, Software and Hardware Testing Department, AMD Catalyst(TM) Division, Advanced Micro Devices (P) Ltd.
  16. No wonder you have that kind of spec..haha :)
  17. proES75 said:
    Head of Unit, Hardware and game compability Unit, Software and Hardware Testing Department, AMD Catalyst(TM) Division, Advanced Micro Devices (P) Ltd.


    Those are some nice machines, although I'm surprised you don't have an FX 9590 desktop rig among them (obviously all Radeon boards though :P).

    I do think AMD's desktop cpu's are underrated, my main work station at work is still running on a Phenom II X6 (such a good chip). I run pretty heavy cad work on this thing and I haven't really come across anything to make me want to upgrade it yet (obviously the nice FirePro I've got in here helps with the CAD).
  18. We use intel CPU's at the compatibility unit to be able to max out GPU performance, nothing else...
    However the system that controls my 75 inch LED in my office has:
    AMD FX-8320 OC @5.4 GHz
    Noctua CPU cooler
    AMD FirePro W600 GPU 8 GB GDDR5
    AMD Mid-ATX mobo
    AMD mid-ATX case
    2x Almonard Case Fans
    850W GuardSonic PSU
    LG corporate 75' 4K TV (4x HDMi & 3x USB 3.0)
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