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April 25, 2011 7:30:35 PM

Hi,

I have i5 and HD4350 with the latest drivers. Two FullHD screens, when I watch sth on one screen (full screen mode), the second screen seems to be slow, moving windows etc.

Could u recommend any upgrade for a graphic card? I am NOT going to play any games :) 
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April 25, 2011 7:45:34 PM

that may be your system as well. how much ram do you have? and whats your budget for a new card?
April 25, 2011 7:58:42 PM

In addition to opexx's question What are you watching in full screen? Is it Flash (Hulu), Silverlight (Netflix) or something low resource like VLC?
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April 25, 2011 9:54:52 PM

Well... VLC, full screen youtube etc... on the other screen when I move windows around it is much slower. When I go for a movie in a windows mode, it is fine...

My WIE is very low with Aero - 2.9. I know this benchmark is poor, but still...

My system:
Win7, 3GB RAM, SSD, i5 2500k so it is a decent configuration....

I was thinking of Asus ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB. Will I see any difference?
Pls advise. THX
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April 26, 2011 12:35:43 AM

The intel hd 3000 is better than the 4350 but I'm not exactly sure if you can have 2 monitors. Do you have p67 or h67? The 5670 is quite a bit more performance. I don't know what price you're looking at but the 5670 should be $80 BR. Also make sure your psu can handle it.
April 26, 2011 11:27:50 AM

I have P67... so no integrated card

Is it possible that 4350 is too slow for two screens?

Price... as cheap as possible ;-) But want to work on two screens without any issues

THX!
April 27, 2011 12:03:39 PM

"My WIE is very low with Aero - 2.9. I know this benchmark is poor, but still..."

The score is based on the weakest link, I would love to know what that is as that system (as I see it) shouldn't have an item ranking that low. my system is an origional dual core and I still score a 5.0. Which item is rated at 2.9? "It" may be your issue.
April 27, 2011 12:18:20 PM

That is Aero...

everything else is ok, with scores 5.5-7.8
April 27, 2011 12:43:54 PM

Okay, here's my line of thinking as the issue you are dealing with is somewhat subjective. I had an HD4830 that was just a hair under the quality of my old x1900xtx. I could run fallout 3 and L4D2 at a reduced quality (I know you are not gaming but stay with me here). I occasionally had issues watching flash and silverlight based videos but it was fine and this is all on a single 22" monitor. Based solely on those experiences I would think that the 4350 is to week to get you what you want "cleanly". I also believe (again going solely on opinion here) that a HD5670 should get you where you want to be as long as you aren't trying to do anything to crazy here i.e. using 32" monitors at max resolution.
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April 27, 2011 7:14:15 PM

ok guys none of you has said anything about this either... did you notice he said 3GB ram... on win7.... with 2 monitors.... c'mon guys i figured one of you would have said something.

m1979, you need a new graphics card and you REALLY should consider getting 4-8GB ram, 3GB is next to nothing... especially with win7....i would bet with basic internet usage and nothing else running you're pushing 40-45% ram usage.

that graphics card is nice, and also think about buying more ram. seriously. 3gb on win7 would make me super uncomfortable...
April 27, 2011 7:23:37 PM

3 gb running win 7 isn't nearly as bad as you are making it out to be but if you have the spare money it certainly wouldn't hurt.
April 27, 2011 7:45:16 PM

thx guys!
May 11, 2011 6:42:47 PM

Just to say thx again, especially to omnipanzer

I have just installed Asus 5670 and can watch 12 movies at the same time, no 'slow motion'. My WEI for aero is 6.8 right now
July 6, 2011 12:55:13 PM

Good to hear m1979
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