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Intergrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 vs XFX 7900GS Graphics Card

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August 17, 2009 11:03:05 PM

Probably an easy one to answer. But I was wondering whether the intergrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics on this motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170230 would be enough without the addition of my pre-existing XFX 7900GS 256MB Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E graphics card in the new build I'm doing.

I don't play video games and only need the graphics card to watch high definition video and video editing.

Any advice is appreciated. :D 
August 18, 2009 3:32:01 AM

Use your XFX 7900GS

The ATI card and the XFX card cannot be used at the same time, so its either or.
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2009 4:04:29 AM

without games, the 4200 should be fine
video editing is mostly cpu orientated (unless you have a CUDA or STREAM app), though the 7900 wouldn't be able to use this anyhow
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August 18, 2009 4:24:46 AM

"High definition and video editing" ..
Use your 7900 this will take the strain off of your main ram and free it up to do what main ram does,also it will lessen the reliance upon the swapfile,and video editing will happen faster with dedicated video,if you did not do any video editing the it would not matter...:) 
August 18, 2009 5:02:56 AM

definitely the XFX, will speed up computer...
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2009 6:36:23 AM

If you're concerned about power consumption, noise or heat, the 4200 should do fine even with video editing. However if you don't care about such things or plan to game once in a blue moon, the 7900gs would be better.
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August 18, 2009 1:03:17 PM

For high def, I would have to say the 4200 over the 7900. As the 4200 is HDCP compliant, AND passes sound via the HDMI port on the board (5.1 or 7.1 I can't remember) and the HD Decode is about the same regardless (as it's based on the CPU and RAM). If you have the Gigabyte 785G board it also has 128m of sideboard mem used soley for the onboard GFX chip (the MSI does not).
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a b U Graphics card
October 19, 2009 3:46:28 PM

IH8U said:
For high def, I would have to say the 4200 over the 7900. As the 4200 is HDCP compliant, AND passes sound via the HDMI port on the board (5.1 or 7.1 I can't remember) and the HD Decode is about the same regardless (as it's based on the CPU and RAM). If you have the Gigabyte 785G board it also has 128m of sideboard mem used soley for the onboard GFX chip (the MSI does not).


The HD decode need not necesarily based on teh CPU.The ATI 4200 supports hardware based decoding for the HD content . All it requires is the proper SW . I have ATI HD 3200 (780G based ) and able to play 1080p using the hardware ( - Software used WMP Classic - HC .). THe CPU utilization during the 1080p playback is ~5% .
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June 10, 2011 10:55:52 AM

someone has dig another fossil today :sweat: 
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