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July 8, 2010 10:19:01 AM

Why is my computer reporting that my Sapphire HD 5770 has approx total memory of 2806 when its a 1gig card?

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July 8, 2010 4:38:50 PM

Some system memory is also dedicated to graphics too, though not often used. That's what I was told.
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July 8, 2010 4:40:59 PM

it could be taking into account your integrated graphics chip, you did turn it off in BIOS right?
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July 8, 2010 5:06:32 PM

I have a 5970 and software like GPU-Z show it as a 2GB card,whereas windows DXdiag tool reports the approximate total memory of 3807MB(because of shared video memory) , i remember that with my older cards it was the same(DXdiag always showed more video RAM)
I don't think you can disable it(the shared video memory),unless you have an integrated card which can be disabled from the BIOS
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July 8, 2010 6:49:54 PM

Do I want to disable my onboard graphics card? Is it really a necessity?
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July 8, 2010 7:14:26 PM

if everything is working fine then its not a necessity. it can cause issues in some motherboards
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July 8, 2010 7:36:33 PM

Right^
Sometimes it may cause trouble,(have seen some users reporting it) but if its working fine for you,then there is no need to disable it
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July 8, 2010 10:52:51 PM

Yea, I have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor with an Asus M4A78T-E motherboard and it's been working great with no problems since I installed it yesterday. This video card is like 10 steps up from my 3300 HD onboard card. I ran that Windows Experience Index and my 3300hd scored a 4.7. This new card scored a 7.5 out of 7.9. Now the only thing I need to replace is my hard drive which scores a 5.7. Any suggestions for a nice cheap but fast hard drive? :p 
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July 8, 2010 11:21:33 PM

most had drives score just 5.9. unless you are dying for a SSD drive or your current HDD is having issues/maxed out I would not worry about it.

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July 9, 2010 6:55:07 AM

WEI isn't a good way to determine your performance, don't worry about the scores.
Every time i upgrade my system, i always get a score like 5.7-5.9 for my HDD.(For each upgrade, i put a faster HDD in my system but the score doesn't change much)
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July 9, 2010 9:03:13 AM

Best answer selected by alkara.
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