GeForce 9400 GT 1GB or i5-3550 inbuilt graphics?

By friendz101
Oct 24, 2012
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  1. Hi,
    I have an i5 3550 CPU and a NVidia 9400 GT 1 GB DDR2 Graphics Card.
    Should I use the onboard graphics of my CPU for gaming, or should I use the card ?
    Please suggest.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,041   +212

    Always use the 3rd party video card first...
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,919   +2,132

    I'm gonna vote for the on-board graphics in this case. The i5-3550 has comparable performance with lower power consumption than a 9400.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,041   +212

    Try using both...
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,926   +170

    Neither, they're both pretty useless for gaming. Get a midrange card like a 7770, 7850 or 650Ti or if you're strapped for cash then look for a cheap used 6870/6950/GTX 560 on ebay.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +960

    if he is gaming on a 9400 then he can just get a 640 if he doesnt care about looks
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,041   +212

    So what did you decide to use?

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