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Onboard Radeon 4200 hd vs Radeon 8500 128 ddr

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September 17, 2010 7:08:48 AM

I recently built a computer and decided to use the on board grafix, ATI Radeon 4200 HD. I figured it was new enough should be fine.
I'm not a heavy gamer but i do play WoW and a couple other games, I also watch movies and other video.
I have determined that the new 4200 does not run WoW as well as my old pewter, with a slower processor less ram and the Radeon 8500 card in it.
I have not reset the game settings but i have played around in the CCC that is for the 4200 and I can successfully make things worse. :sarcastic: 
my question is,,,, Is my old 8500 card better than the 4200hd? or do I have something mis configured?

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September 17, 2010 10:06:07 AM

Well,HD 4200 is faster than your old 8500 but its still a low-end card so don't expect a great performance from it.
Anyway,on what settings did you play WoW ?
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September 17, 2010 2:25:52 PM

Simple solution, spend 50 greenbacks on a 4670.
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September 22, 2010 10:51:20 PM

I run WoW on it's minimal settings, and I notice low frame rates and jerky grafix.
I just finished updating ATI's CCC and video drivers, and no changes.

So, both the 4200hd and the 8500 cards are low end but i just dont understand why the same game seems worse for video than with the old card.

@madass,,,
IF,, I dont have something set wrong then I will most likely upgrade cards, but money is tight rite now, I just want what i have to run the best it can for now i guess.

thanks

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September 22, 2010 11:55:41 PM

Onboard graphics are not meant for gaming. Just because a video chip is newer does not guarantee it is better for 3D gaming.

I suggest you look at the latest Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart right here at Tom's (September 2010). On that chart you will see the the 8500 GT is a tier higher than the HD4200 and therefore better for gaming. Refer back to this chart when you are shopping for a graphics card.
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September 22, 2010 11:58:16 PM

BTW, the HD4670 card madass recommended is ELEVEN tiers higher than your HD4200 on the chart I linked.
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September 23, 2010 3:50:53 AM

Thanks,
I took the time to read the chart this time, and now i understand.
I will be upgrading video soon.
Thanks again
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November 2, 2010 4:28:59 PM

rwpritchett said:
Onboard graphics are not meant for gaming. Just because a video chip is newer does not guarantee it is better for 3D gaming.

I suggest you look at the latest Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart right here at Tom's (September 2010). On that chart you will see the the 8500 GT is a tier higher than the HD4200 and therefore better for gaming. Refer back to this chart when you are shopping for a graphics card.



Those guys don´t even Read what ppl are saying. Look he´s talking about a RADEON 8500 and not about a Geforce 8500GT.

A radeon 8500 with 128mb isn´t better then the Onboard HD4200. I suggest to reinstall the video drivers or even the O.S. The onboard HD4200 should performance like a discrete Geforce 6600 or a Radeon HD2400...
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December 7, 2010 6:13:27 PM

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December 8, 2010 6:30:21 AM

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