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Graphics card for 2D drawing and photos

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February 27, 2010 12:54:36 PM

I just read an article here (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2d-windows-gdi,2539...) on TH about some of the 3D and gaming type GPUs not doing the best for 2d vector line drawing, at least with current GPU drivers. Surprised that integrated graphics did better than some expensive 3D cards. I suppose the card manufacturers will (hopefully) upgrade their drivers to fix this, but I need to order a Dell Optiplex for work soon, and need it to be decent at line/vector drawing, and mid range photo work (just PS Elements grade). I'm looking at Dell's Outlet to save some cash, and the choices for GPU are a Radeon HD 3450/3470, NVIDIA GeForce 9300, or integrated Intel GMA 4500. Anyone with 2D graphics experience have any thoughts?
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February 27, 2010 1:35:58 PM

2D is relatively basic. So basic, in fact, that it needs no special GPU to perform decently. Even with the GMA, it's definitely OK. However, if those are the choices, Either the Radeon or nVidia offering will be better than Intel GMA.
April 1, 2010 12:52:43 PM

I find that putting large wmf (vectored) files into word 2007 to be quite slow. Would a card better than then 8800GT that I have work faster?
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April 1, 2010 1:09:57 PM

delazaren said:
I find that putting large wmf (vectored) files into word 2007 to be quite slow. Would a card better than then 8800GT that I have work faster?


No. That depends on the CPU.
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