aerlingus330
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Graphics Cards Question

Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:29 am

-Hi, can you put graphics cards on Laptops?...
-How much are they?...
-Would a 156 Mb one be good for FS?, because i need to enhance my framerates...
-How much of a difference do they make to the game?

Thanks
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dan2002
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:49 am

I dont think you can upgrade the graphics in a laptop, easily that is.
For a laptop, not sure, for a normal desktop, between 80$-150$ for a budget card that does ok, for a high performance desktop card, your gonna spend 200$-400$, and ive never heard of 156MB video cards, its usually 32MB,64MB,128MB, then 256MB and pretty soon there will be 512MB, and they make a huge difference in the game.

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Birdjet737
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:04 pm

Yes as Dan said I am 99% positive you cant upgrade laptop VGA cards, and you also mean a 128MB one.... If you havea desktop I really like the 9800 Pro, or the 6800 series.


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dogfighter2111
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:48 pm

You can upgrade a laptop VGA card, but it is 128MB or 256MB that you need. If you take it to a specialist like PC World, then they will upgrade it for you and you pay for the VGA card and the service fee. Your best bet is to go with a really good one like above, but they're not laptop comatible. Have a look around PC World or your local PC Shop and pic one for a laptop.

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A3204eva
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:44 pm

I have no idea about a laptop, but I use a Radeon X300 which came with my new computer  Smile I get a framerate of 99 sometimes Big grin

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aerlingus330
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:02 am

I only get framerates on average about 15...which isnt that bad for a laptop.

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goinv
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:27 am

Graphics cards in laptops can not be upgraded. No good taking it to PC World - they'll direct you to the manufacturer of the machine. As a guideline - laptop manufacturers will charge (on average) £200 to uplift the machine, take it the workshop, and THEN tell you how much it is going to cost.

There are two main graphics card types - NVIDIA or ATI. Some people swear by ATI - others NVIDIA. I myself am a NVIDIA person.

The graphics acrd attaches to the PC in one of three different ways:-
1) PCI - the slowest
2) AGP - until recently the fastest
3) PCI-Express - relatively new and the fastest

Check to see which connection your motherboard has.

With both types - the higher the number - the better it will be IE

NVIDIA FX5200 is not as good as an FX5600
ATI RADEON 9200 is not as good as RADEON 9800

As a rule of thumb, the more you pay, the better it will be.

As for laptops....buy a desktop or a new laptop

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dan2002
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RE: Graphics Cards Question

Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:01 am

With both types - the higher the number - the better it will be IE

Dont bet on it, alot of times they are the same card, with the same core MHz, and the same RamDAC and etc. just with a higher number, and a fancy looking fan, because they know people buy the higher numbered models.


As a rule of thumb, the more you pay, the better it will be.

Again, dont bet on it, the GeForce FX5950 is more expensive than some of the new 6.xx series. Bad rules of thumb you have there, but by all means, its keeping Nvidia in buisness.

-Dan

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