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Geforce 420M or 8800 GTS

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April 4, 2011 8:12:01 AM

Hey to you all, I used to follow the GPU technology but lately I am away from the market...

Anyways I would like to get your opinion, I have a laptop with i5 460m processor and 2GB geforce GT 420 M...

I recently got AC: Brotherhood and I kinda feel its looking a bit... uglier than AC 2 and a bit slow too...

I also have a desktop with core duo 2.65 GHZ processor and a 8800 GTS 320 MB... AC2 is running great on my desktop but my laptop's performance is not that satisfactory, what do you think? Do you think the problem is with the game or is 420M not that powerful?

Thanks in advance...

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a b Î Nvidia
April 4, 2011 9:47:07 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
8800GTS 320MB is faster than GT 420M,that's why you're getting better performance with your desktop.
420M is considered as a low-end laptop card
April 4, 2011 9:49:15 AM

Thank you...

Whoa! so basicly a 320 MB vidcard is much better than a 2 GB mobile card???
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April 4, 2011 10:29:14 AM

Way, way, way better. Your laptop card doesn't have 2 gig of memory. It can use up to 2 gig of "shared" memory, meaning it uses your system RAM for memory. A GT 420M is not well suited for gaming purposes, it is a basic low end starter choice for a laptop.
The 8800GTS, though even it is dated now, was a great gaming card in it's day.
April 4, 2011 10:39:22 AM

Damn... So I guess I am a bit scewed... I thought I was getting a good high end gaming card, I guess I needed to search more before I buy a laptop...

Thanks so much, I guess I will tweak it up a bit and see if I can OC my 420M...
a b Î Nvidia
April 4, 2011 11:02:19 AM

One last thing, memory size does not equate to performance, the GPU itself is by far the most important factor in determining a graphics card's capabilities. Memory size is no real comparison - only when the GPU's processing power between two different cards become close enough, the game's engine begins to become demanding enough, and the resolution is high enough, will larger memory sizes benefit (only with higher end cards though, where they can actually render such frames without just crashing completely). You also have to look out for memory bus width and memory type.
April 4, 2011 11:22:58 AM

Thank you...

Actually I am a hardcore desktop user and I dont know a bit about laptops so I was kinda dazzled with the high figures like 2GB of ram and stuff...

A tiny tiny little question, does 8800 GTS perform better with dx10? I am still running my desktop with xp sp3 so I never tried it on dx10...
a b Î Nvidia
April 4, 2011 5:50:16 PM

Enabling DX10 will result in FPS loss(except for few games such as Farcry2)
April 4, 2011 6:07:18 PM

Hmm thanks... so I will have to upgrade sooner or later for my desktop...

Thanks so much...
a b Î Nvidia
April 4, 2011 8:33:08 PM

You'd want a over 3 gig CPU to make an upgrade over an 8800 worth it, you'd be CPU and maybe RAM limited in many games.