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ATI Radeon 3200HD with 3650 or 3400?

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January 3, 2009 7:25:19 PM

Hello everyone i just purchased a notebook with the ATI Radeon 3200HD... I was wondering if i could buy a 3650 dedicated or would i have to choose from the 3400 series (50/70) like the site says. Also will there be any overheating issues? (I'm kind of lost on this haha)


Thanks alot
January 3, 2009 7:46:22 PM

It's not usually possible to upgrade the graphics on a laptop. So, I'm sorry to say, you're stuck with the Radeon 3200, which is better than Intel integrated graphics.
January 3, 2009 8:20:56 PM

I was afraid of that, this is my first laptop purchase and i have not physically pulled apart a laptop to see if there were any extra slots..... eh i bought it to run my compiler's and do random homework while at work anyhow and crysis/gta may prevent me from doing that anyhow lol thanks
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January 3, 2009 8:27:00 PM

HeaVenS said:
I was afraid of that, this is my first laptop purchase and i have not physically pulled apart a laptop to see if there were any extra slots..... eh i bought it to run my compiler's and do random homework while at work anyhow and crysis/gta may prevent me from doing that anyhow lol thanks


Hell, you could probably run GTA San Andreas and Far Cry on that machine. So all is not lost :)  (except for productivity).
January 3, 2009 8:48:26 PM

angry_ducky said:
Hell, you can definitely run GTA San Andreas and Far Cry on that machine. So all is not lost :)  (except for productivity).


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You will have to turn down some settings, but an HD3200 is able to play Far Cry 1 @ 1280x800 @ mixed settings with playable FPS. (It can also play FC2 at lowest settings at 800x600 and possibly 1024x768 or 1280x720.

GTA:SA will run at native res (if it is 720p or 800p) at mixed settings. (It really doesn't matter, the game doesn't really look good anyway)

PS: Crysis will run on that rig with LOWEST possible settings @800x600 but texture and water on medium and physics on medium.

PSS: To be honest with you, I don't know these things for sure, but I think that an HD3200 is better than my old ATI X1050 64bit 128mb- especially if it has some sideport memory. MY old X1050 could play all those games @ those settings @ almost 30fps- but dipping down to 22-25 briefly in heated sections. Crysis in singleplayer is still playable at 25fps in my opinion. It should only dip down to maybe 20fps very briefly.
January 4, 2009 3:55:31 AM

idisarmu said:
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You will have to turn down some settings, but an HD3200 is able to play Far Cry 1 @ 1280x800 @ mixed settings with playable FPS. (It can also play FC2 at lowest settings at 800x600 and possibly 1024x768 or 1280x720.

GTA:SA will run at native res (if it is 720p or 800p) at mixed settings. (It really doesn't matter, the game doesn't really look good anyway)

PS: Crysis will run on that rig with LOWEST possible settings @800x600 but texture and water on medium and physics on medium.

PSS: To be honest with you, I don't know these things for sure, but I think that an HD3200 is better than my old ATI X1050 64bit 128mb- especially if it has some sideport memory. MY old X1050 could play all those games @ those settings @ almost 30fps- but dipping down to 22-25 briefly in heated sections. Crysis in singleplayer is still playable at 25fps in my opinion. It should only dip down to maybe 20fps very briefly.


I daresay, it's pretty impressive that what's probably a cheap laptop can run Crysis. As an AMD fan, I can at least take salvation in the fact that AMD integrated graphics beat the hell out of Intel :) 
January 4, 2009 4:43:29 PM

why is it that if you custom order the dv7z you can add a 3450 card (256 or 512) but i cant upgrade, i mean its going to come with the 3200HD too anyways because it is intergrated from my understanding so what would be difference between them adding it now and me adding it later i would assume they would use same board, and yes it is a cheap laptop lol i caught in on sale for $699, the same one from HP with same features would run me 1100+ *rolls eyes*....
March 13, 2009 5:14:19 PM

the integrated GPU is soldered directly to the motherboard, so if you wanted to upgrade the GPU, you would require a whole motherboard replacement that includes that GPU. A laptop has no room for expansion, except for extra memory and a single mini-pci slot for wireless cards.
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March 13, 2009 7:51:46 PM

+1
Thats my understanding of it also the decision to include a dedicated card in CrossfireX has to be taken at the fabrication stage.
Personally i just took a laptop back as it said it had a 3470 in it and it was a 3200. paid an extra £100 and got a 9500 GS + blueray player

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