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Lappy Graphics

By tutkas
Oct 1, 2007
  1. Hello there!

    I'm planning to buy a new lappy soon and i have a question: there is to choose between two graphics cards: 8600GS or 8600GT witch one is better: gt also adds price so is it worth it and if u have some comparision sites could you post them?!

    Waiting for advice....
     
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Depends entirely on what you are going to use the laptop for. If general office use, go for the GS - if you are going to use it for gaming, spend the money on the better card.
     
  3. tutkas

    tutkas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Well, i supose i'll be using it for gaming as well.... but can someone tell me whats the exact difference between those cards: GPU speed, RAM etc...
    thanks
     
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Look up the two specs as you find them as part of the laptop. The key differences are the processor speed, the memory and the memory speed. Something like this
    Graphics Bus Technology: PCI Express
    Memory Amount: 256MB
    Memory Interface: 128-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 22.4
    Fill Rate (Billion pixels/sec): 8.64
    RAMDACs (MHz): 400
    Core Clock: 540MHz
    Memory Clock: 1400MHz
    Dual-link DVI Support
    HDTV Support
    TV-out + Dual DVI Connectors
    Heat-Pipe Cooling Solution
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    but if your base ram sucks, it makes no difference at all. Ensure you max that out too.
     
  6. tutkas

    tutkas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    I think that 2 GB is enough or should i go with 3 ??

    anyway thanks for the replys so far
     
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    depends on the OS; XP does not make full use of 3Gb whereas Vista does.
     
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42


    NOT TRUE. Depends on what version of the OS(s) you have. There is a 32 and 64 bit of both xp and vista, the 32 bit version wont support more than 3 Gb's unlike the 64 bit versions. Another thing to think about when comparing the two operating systems is that xp gets about 10-15 more fps than vista does with most video cards.
     
  9. tutkas

    tutkas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    It will be equipped with vista home premium...
    However they are offering up to 4 GB RAM
     
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    horses for courses in all things including threads. When you say offering - what do you mean? Free? Take it. At a cost - see what you can get it for elsewhere and maybe get it later if and when you need it. No doubt it can be argued that it is better done when new, but maybe those pennies are best spent on something you really need now instead of maybe later depending on what you do with the machine.
     
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