I am going to buy an HP dv5t soon and I don't know whether to customize the laptop with the integrated Intel GMA X4500 or the dedicated 256MB NVIDIA 9200M GS.
My first choice was to stick with just the integrated graphics card since I don't play games. The only multimedia-ish stuff I will be doing is watching DVD, online videos, itunes, and Photoshoping (as a hobby). But I later came across an article saying that a dedicated graphics card is recommended if you want to benefit from all the cool features Windows Vista comes with. Does anyone know anything about this? Here is the link to the article http://peripherals.about.com/od/videographicscards/a/gp...
OK, what about heat and battery life?
I know dedicated graphic cards produce more heat and use up more power than integrated graphic cards but when comparing the two, would the NVIDIA 9200M GS significantly produce more heat and reduce battery life than the Intel GMA X4500? If the difference is minimal then I would definitely consider the dedicated graphics card. Can anyone help me out here on this?
integrated GMA will play movies, just not well. if you are doing other things (downloading more movies, checking movies for viruses, converting movies to you ipod) while watching movies, you will see a significant slowdown and cpu load increase. this decreases battery life overall. With the dedicated solution, the playback will be smoother and have better visual quality. the dedicated takes over most of the movie load and lets your cpu rest or do other things. I would highly recommend the 9200M gs over anything intel pukes up.