Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Graphics

Last response: in Laptop General Discussion
Share
March 9, 2009 8:20:00 PM

which one is better on a laptop:D ual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 - CrossFireX™ Enabled! or 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT REMEMBER I am talking for a LAPTOP?!~?!?

More about : graphics

a b D Laptop
March 9, 2009 9:07:31 PM

Dual cards will almost always beat one, in some fashion - but your battery life will almost be non-existent.
March 9, 2009 11:25:56 PM

frozenlead said:
Dual cards will almost always beat one, in some fashion - but your battery life will almost be non-existent.

So Frozenlead you say that even though the dual is 512gb each, that it will still beat the 1 gb solo card??
Related resources
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2009 3:00:31 AM

cruzkntrl said:
So Frozenlead you say that even though the dual is 512gb each, that it will still beat the 1 gb solo card??


More memory does you no good if the GPU core behind it isn't powerful enough. A single mobility 3870 is about equal to a 9800M GT which is far superior to said 9600M GT you are asking about. 2 of those 3870's will by far smoke a single 9600M GT.
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2009 6:40:23 PM

Agree. It's a common misconception that more graphics memory = better graphics card. More memory is really only useful as resolution increases, and, unless you're playing 1920x1200 or above, 1GB isn't really that necessary, though some would argue.
March 10, 2009 9:07:50 PM

Okay gang, so as far as video editing is concerned, which would give me a better rendering a MacBook Pro (Please give me specs) or one of the aforementioned, let's say the dual 512 3870's?? (Don't forget I am still undecided :non:  on trying to get my laptop).
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2009 9:25:32 PM

Video editing does not use the GPU to process anything (...yet...GPGPU will come the next few years). You're depending upon the CPU and RAM there. Graphics cards are really only for gaming and 3D rendering.

In that case, though, I would find yourself a notebook with a Quad core and 4-8GB of RAM. (which cleanly puts you out of the macs...which I wouldn't recommend to anyone.)
March 10, 2009 11:11:11 PM

Okay, how about this which one can work better for me?,

Dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 - CrossFireX™ Enabled with
Intel® Core™2 T9600 2.8GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)

or

512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 with
Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
a b D Laptop
March 11, 2009 3:33:50 AM

As I said, the GPU won't matter one bit.

The quad though, will outdo the dual - so long as the video editing application you're using supports quad core computing.
March 13, 2009 1:56:14 AM

Thank you
!