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Graphics card ratings confusing

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Last response: in Graphics Cards
August 3, 2010 6:27:04 PM

How do you tell which graphics card is better? Integrated? Discrete? Want to be able to do gaming, SEcond life, Google Earth Ancient Rome & am comparing 2 laptops:

HP Pavilion 6dv6t SE
Genuine Window s 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-540M Dual Core processor
(2.53GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) w ith Turbo Boost up to
FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
FREE Upgrade to 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive w ith
HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 sw itchable
graphics [HDMI, VGA]
15.6" diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview
Widescreen Display (1366x768)

or MacBook Pro
Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB memory
320GB hard drive1
SD card slot
Built-in battery (10 hours)2
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics

GE requires: How do you tell which is the better graphics card. I keep looking at specs that say things like:
* ATI Radeon 9200 and above
2, GeForce 4

* ATI: 4850, 4870
* OR NVIDIA: 9800
or better - ... but what is better.??

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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2010 7:24:32 PM

the 5650 is better, though how much are you looking to spend, you may be able to get a good laptop off of newegg a bit cheaper