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Is paying $80+ more for the Geforce Go 7300 worth de $$?

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March 18, 2007 1:36:22 PM

Not really sure whether tis is the rite place to be asking.

Choosing a new laptop as i'm going need it for my new school.

Do u think it's worth to pay appox $80+ more for the Geforce Go 7300 over the onboard Intel GMA 950?

I'm not going to game on this laptop but i certainly am going to watch many dvds as well as do some photoshop on it.

I heard the Geforce Go 7300 only consumes a lil bit more power over the 950. If so, i dun mind getting it at all.

Is the 950 really a hopeless?
March 18, 2007 1:48:01 PM

If you are not going to game , you will not need that graphics card.

The 950 will be just fine for watching movies and photo shop.
March 18, 2007 2:05:52 PM

the results i found thru googling are the same:

"for *** sake, jus get anything but the stock intel gpu''
March 18, 2007 2:33:32 PM

while the 7300 would be an improvement over the built in graphics it would not be 80$ worth. Specially if you are not going to do any gaming.
March 18, 2007 2:37:16 PM

nice fma avatar.

anyway.. maybe the price is wrong. if it's $50+ still worth?
March 18, 2007 2:48:14 PM

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nice fma avatar.

anyway.. maybe the price is wrong. if it's $50+ still worth?


40 bucks and you have a deal :lol: 

Anyway I too use a lot of photoshop at work and recently added a 6300. There is a slightly noticeable difference in performance and it would be a good choice if you plan to upgrade to vista (heaven forbid!!!)

Anyway go and get it if it wont dent your pocket. You never know when the game bug will bite you.
March 18, 2007 2:53:21 PM

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nice fma avatar.



Thanks I luv FMA. Too bad about the ending though :( 
March 18, 2007 3:02:15 PM

what is FMA :? :?:
March 18, 2007 3:05:15 PM

Fullmetal Alchemist an anime series about 2 brothers. Would recommend it to anyone, even people who normally don't go for anime.
March 18, 2007 3:10:37 PM

ahhh back on topic plz.

advises needed
March 18, 2007 3:14:07 PM

Sorry for the hijacking. :)  As I said if it dosen't dent your pocket go for it.
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March 18, 2007 4:16:10 PM

If it not going to break your bank account, then you may want to consider the 7300 in case you do decide to play some light games on your laptop. Consider it a small amount of $$ for "futureproofing".

However, if the $80 is too hard to follow then just stick with the Intel 950 since you do not intend on playing games with it.
March 18, 2007 7:13:00 PM

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If it not going to break your bank account, then you may want to consider the 7300 in case you do decide to play some light games on your laptop. Consider it a small amount of $$ for "futureproofing".

However, if the $80 is too hard to follow then just stick with the Intel 950 since you do not intend on playing games with it.


I like the way u put it. in fact thats what i was thinking. but i was worried abt the batt run time... will the 7300 greatly reduce the laptop's run compared to the stock gma950?
March 19, 2007 3:50:25 AM

Logically it should , but i am just guessing .

Although i have a radeon 9200 chip in my laptop and i can still get 3 hours of backup .

My knowledge on laptops is really limited , so dont take my word for it .
March 19, 2007 9:11:51 AM

These GPUs have low power needs when compared to their older brothers in the same series. the desktop version of the 7300 comes without a fan in most cases.

I would guess that there is a higher power draw than the built in graphics but not too great. It all depends on your usage. If you are not playing too many 3d games it shouldn't really effect you.
March 19, 2007 9:13:21 AM

need more advice
March 19, 2007 6:07:31 PM

I'm also in the same boat, but with the 7600 or so geforce go. It's hard to find in a 15.4" screen, though. I would recommend a card over the intel built in for overall system performance.

Lets say that you use 128 MBs of system memory for the built in intel graphics. That one gig of system memory is down to 896 MBs (and using 256 would lower usable system memory to 768 MBs). Assuming a gig of system memory is a $100 part, freeing up 128 MBs would be like a $12.50 upgrade. Freeing up 256 MBs would be like a $25 upgrade. The 7300 comes with either 128 or 256 built in memory.

Add to that there will be less for the actual processor to do. If the processor has to do everything it normally does, plus run all the graphics stuff, it will obviously be slower (though I haven't found numbers for it). It's almost like getting the next best processor.....

Like was mentioned before, it won't make your DVD watching any better or smoother, nor will it do much for photoshop, but games will definately be better.

Also, will totally help the resale value of the computer should you ever try and sell it....think of it as getting a car with a V6 rather than a I4 motor.
March 19, 2007 6:12:24 PM

If you're positive you'll never game, then the intel is fine for Photoshop & whatnot.

Me, I'd spend the cash for the 7300, but I'd for sure play a game or two on it.
March 19, 2007 6:21:25 PM

IF you are ever going to run games - get the Nvidia option. The Intel will not even run most games.
March 19, 2007 6:40:20 PM

If your not gamin you'd be better off with the intel chip, because it uses less power.
March 19, 2007 7:18:08 PM

I would get the card just in case.

If you decide you want to play games in the future, you are SOL with the built in graphics.

But as others have pointed out it will run cooler and longer w/ the built in graphics.
March 19, 2007 8:02:31 PM

Don't think the 7300 will be such a power draw as compared to built in graphics.
March 19, 2007 8:05:10 PM

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Not really sure whether tis is the rite place to be asking.

Choosing a new laptop as i'm going need it for my new school.

Do u think it's worth to pay appox $80+ more for the Geforce Go 7300 over the onboard Intel GMA 950?

I'm not going to game on this laptop but i certainly am going to watch many dvds as well as do some photoshop on it.

I heard the Geforce Go 7300 only consumes a lil bit more power over the 950. If so, i dun mind getting it at all.

Is the 950 really a hopeless?


If i were you and were watching movies i'd buy the 7300go and then get Intel's PureVideo playback thingie it's really rather good! Much better quality than you'll get out of the 950.
March 21, 2007 12:42:20 PM

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Don't think the 7300 will be such a power draw as compared to built in graphics.


yeah can someone confirm this.. i asked a few salesman most say this too
March 21, 2007 1:55:42 PM

I am having trouble finding a comparison in power consumption, but I have found where this question has been asked on other forums and the answer that other are giving is that the 7300 will give you about 10-20 minutes less.
March 21, 2007 2:30:51 PM

I've currently have a go7400 and I've had the intel gma 950, so here's my take...


Games: the intel 900/950 suck. period. I play RTCW Enemy territory. It was completely unplayable on the Intel graphics card. It is beautiful and fluid on the go7400. The Intel graphics use a chunk of your main memory, the go7400 has built in memory. I realize you are looking at the go7300, but this is the closest I can offer in comparison. If you plan on playing any kind of game, get the go7300.

Other: A lot of times, when you upgrade from the intel graphics to a higher graphics like go7300, you often get a few extra freebies... like a firewire port and/or flash memory drive or extra USB ports. So the $80 might be buying you more than you think.
March 21, 2007 2:34:49 PM

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The question is not "worth it" or not. The question is "what do you do".
I've currently have a go7400 and I've had the intel gma 950, so here's my take...


Games: the intel 900/950 suck. period. I play RTCW Enemy territory. It was completely unplayable on the Intel graphics card. It is beautiful and fluid on the go7400. The Intel graphics use a chunk of your main memory, the go7400 has built in memory. I realize you are looking at the go7300, but this is the closest I can offer in comparison. If you plan on playing any kind of game, get the go7300.

Other: A lot of times, when you upgrade from the intel graphics to a higher graphics like go7300, you often get a few extra freebies... like a firewire port and/or flash memory drive or extra USB ports. So the $80 might be buying you more than you think.


thanks for the feedback.. but could u comment on the batt life? does the 7300, or for ur case the 7400 greatly decrease the batt life as compared to the inte gma 950?
March 21, 2007 4:01:53 PM

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thanks for the feedback.. but could u comment on the batt life? does the 7300, or for ur case the 7400 greatly decrease the batt life as compared to the inte gma 950?


It won't give you any major difference in battery life (we're talking 20 mins tops less for the 7300). However i personally think the plus' far outway the cons. As i said earlier, the movie playback using nVidia purevideo is much better than anything that integrated Intel thing could hope to offer!
March 21, 2007 4:06:04 PM

the purevideo thingy is software enabled ya?
March 21, 2007 4:07:50 PM

Yeah it is although it can only be used by nVidia cards and it costs a little to purchase.

If you want a cheaper option that'll play DVDs well try looking into a laptop with an x1400. They come with AVIVO which is ATI's movie thingie. Apparently it's even better than purevideo!
March 21, 2007 4:23:53 PM

what? the pure video thing is a seperate purchase and does not come with the card?
March 21, 2007 4:58:14 PM

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Yeah it is although it can only be used by nVidia cards and it costs a little to purchase.


That used to be the case, but Purevideo features are included in the Nvidia drivers now (although you have to dig in there to enable them).
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March 21, 2007 4:59:05 PM

Purevideo is Nvidia's video enhancement software.

It does things like smooth video, deinterlace and some color correction/blending. As far as i know Nvidia made Purevideo FREE. The only time its not is some kind of audio decoding(5.1 ect) version that you pay for.

As for power consumption, Nvidia should have what they call "powermizer"(or similar) to allow the video card to clock down to save power. This will help the battery runtime.

I say go for it.

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March 22, 2007 1:19:05 AM

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@ rdhood
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