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2 year old graphics card or new motherboard onboard

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January 25, 2009 2:17:03 AM

I am replacing my motherboard and it has the ATI Radeon HD 3200 onboard video. I was using a Powercolor X1950PRO 256MB video card.

Which would be best to use?
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January 27, 2009 12:13:07 PM

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Powercolor X1950PRO 256MB video card would be better than onboard video.
January 27, 2009 12:50:57 PM

Huh, I figured the board would be since it is newer.

I don't do anything very graphics intensive anyway where I would really need to know which is actually better so I guess I will use the card in order to keep memory and processing load off the board.

Any other input, my board comes in today

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January 27, 2009 1:07:38 PM

I could swing either way on this question. You mention that you don't do anything very graphically intensive. And the HD3200 is definitely one of the better onboard graphic solutions. In my mind i wouldn't even bother with the x1950pro as it will just consume power sitting there. If you have no intentions of gaming you might be better off with the HD3200. It supports DX10 and has several HDMI functions. Your PC would also run cooler as the x1900s tend to run really hot.

Just my thoughts. More graphical power doesn't always mean better for certain situations.
January 27, 2009 1:13:29 PM

Haha, I had just decided to use the card to keep graphics processing and memory off the board. After that, now I'm leaning towards my original thought of the board.

The only thing I do really is edit RAW images in photoshop.

The hdmi is nice, but right now I just have a dvi monitor.

I'm still up in the air. Maybe I'll use the board, unless I see performance issues, in which case I'll switch to the card.
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January 27, 2009 1:22:58 PM

the ATI drivers and CCC can be really bloated. As in they take up alot of memory. I am not sure how the HD3200 drivers are, they maybe just drivers with no CCC. If it uses the system memory it may take up less memory to use the onboard. I also know some of those boards use sideport which gives the onboard GPU direct access to the RAM. Does the HD3200 have it's own dedicated memory? i know some of those onboard cards do.

RAW images in photoshop are nothing, any onboard chip would work for that. Photoshop is just memory intensive.
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January 27, 2009 1:59:48 PM

I`d follow your own advice; use the onboard and if performance issues arise, it`s a simple job the pop the card in.
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