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onboard video intel GMA 3000 or Radeon Xpress 1150

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May 4, 2007 5:32:08 PM

Which is better for very light gaming like GTA San Andreas @ 800 x 600
Which is better for adding an 7600 GT or X1950GT later


intel GMA 3000 in intel D946GZ motherboard

Radeon Xpress 1150 in MSI K9AGM (RS485C/RS485C)
a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2007 5:59:37 PM

Neither is great, but the X1150 is more useable and flexible, but not by much. A nice thing for later is multi-monitor support. A nice feature of the X3000 is higher shader model support with better drivers but by default games will disable even basic features. Since it's GTSA we're talking about X1150, if it were something like the latest SplinterCell then the X3000 since it would let you at least play the slideshow in SM3.0

However saying that I would focus more on the MoBo performance and features, however if you think they're close enough then the X1150 would likely outperform, but that would be like saying a snail is faster than a slug.
May 4, 2007 6:35:43 PM

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Neither is great, but the X1150 is more useable and flexible, but not by much. A nice thing for later is multi-monitor support. A nice feature of the X3000 is higher shader model support with better drivers but by default games will disable even basic features. Since it's GTSA we're talking about X1150, if it were something like the latest SplinterCell then the X3000 since it would let you at least play the slideshow in SM3.0

However saying that I would focus more on the MoBo performance and features, however if you think they're close enough then the X1150 would likely outperform, but that would be like saying a snail is faster than a slug.


Agreed, I'd focus on the least expensive platform...I will say that the Intel platform may be better as far as cost is concerned, assuming you still have to buy your memory and cpu--up to you on that.

I could have sworn the GMA X3000 supported dual monitors too though, I'll have to double check.
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2007 6:43:38 PM

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I could have sworn the GMA X3000 supported dual monitors too though, I'll have to double check.


What I meant was the triple monitor support, where it can be used in conjunction with the other cards. Sofar I've only seen the X platform work well for triple monitor support using the integrated chip for the third monitor, that extends even to gaming.

It's not a huge difference, but like other things it is nice once you'e used it.
a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2007 9:01:59 PM

Yes sorry true, worse case there.

Thanks, did a quicky google of the mobo chipset and saw X3000 and X1250 (not 1150) in one of the blurbs, and went from there. D'oh! :oops: 

So no GMA advantage all X1150 advantage.
May 4, 2007 10:46:59 PM

If you're in the U.S., is there any reason why you couldn't consider this motherboard?

It does use the Intel GMAX3000 which is a step above the Intel 946GZ board you were considering.
May 5, 2007 10:50:35 PM

I would love to afford that kind of motherboard but here in south america that motherboard costs US$ 157 which is quite some money here.

The thing is I had built for my brother an AMD X2 3600+ (90nm 2x2.0GHz 2x256Kb) with the MSI K9AGM, I had the chance to sell the processor and mobo, and buy a Core2 Duo 4300 and an Intel D946GZ for about US$ 100 difference, I guess I'll wait for the next chance.

Thank you all
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