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New Integrated GPU or Slightly Older Dedicated GPU?

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May 10, 2012 3:21:01 PM

I'm rebuilding my computer and having trouble deciding whether to use the integrated GPU within the CPU or the standalone card I bought roughly 6 months ago. This computer is the primary household computer (others are tablets or netbooks) and will be used for some gaming and possibly eventually connected to a home theater. I don't mind upgrading to a nicer video card later if I do need one later, but I do need to decide between what I do have on hand now. Problem is I don't really know how to compare between GPUs. Which one should I use?

New CPU: Intel Core i3-2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Integrated Graphics - Intel HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency - 850MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency - 1.1GHz


Slightly Older Graphics Card: Radeon HD 6570 HD-657X-ZDFR
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+Radeon+HD+6570+1GB+DD...
Memory: 1GB DDR3, 650MHz, 64-bit

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a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 3:25:06 PM

6570 will be way more powerful than HD2000. Go with that, no question about it.
Here's a comparison:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...
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May 10, 2012 4:32:01 PM


The Radeon HD 6570 'Turks Pro' is the card of choice for dual-graphics with Trinity and Llano APUs.

Llano/FM1 prices are falling -- Trinity/FM2 in less than 90 days.

The APU graphics (dual- or not) wears out HD2K. The graphics engine on the APU is essentially a down-clocked Turks GPU.

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May 10, 2012 10:53:24 PM

Thanks for the responses! It's nice to know that the inexpensive card I bought 6 months ago isn't yet obsolete.
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May 10, 2012 10:55:07 PM

Best answer selected by FrozenFlame22.
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