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M4A89GTD Intergrated Graphics vs Cheap GPU

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November 12, 2010 11:07:58 AM

Hi
I've just upgraded from a 5 year old setup. It's based around the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 board. It has the ATI 4290 on board graphics set. I still have my old ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 512MB (DDR3) PCIe x16 left from the previous rig.
I don't play many games (FM 2011 & Pro Evo 11 are the only two) but do like watching HD movies. Should I use the onboard graphics or the 2600 XT? I'll have more RAM dedicated with the card but I'm sure the Mhz on it is slower. I'm a newbie so am not sure what other variables there are.
Thanks in advance, ViT.
November 12, 2010 11:12:13 AM

P.S. I am also currently unboxing:
4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ripspeed cas8
AMD Phenom x4 655 Black Edition
a c 717 V Motherboard
November 12, 2010 11:25:11 AM

I generally recommend against on-board GPU MOBOs, it slows the system and pulls resources + RAM via 'shared' 0.25GB~0.5GB.

That said, if the performance or 'shared' RAM {stolen recourses} bothers you then use the dedicated GPU. You will need to {if available} Disable the on-board GPU in the BIOS AND in the Device Manager and afterwards restart then install the new GPU.
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November 12, 2010 11:31:31 AM

Cool. I'm a bit of a newbie so I'll use this to learn somethiung new...maybe find a testing program and try out the two options. Any suggestions on a simple to use graphics tesing app?
November 12, 2010 12:11:57 PM

Thanks guys. I shall use the testing software early next week when I get everything up and running (still don't have a copy of Win7 & awaiting RAM delivery).
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