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Windows 7: Switchable Graphics Card

23 Jan 2012   #1
Barbarian Roman

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Switchable Graphics Card

Hi everybody, got a quick question.
I have two graphics cards on my Acer Aspire laptop, an ati 5650m and a Intel HD graphics card for low power use that I can switch too. I was wondering, if I'm just internet browsing or playing a low end game like counter strike, should I switch to my Intel HD so I can give my ATI a bit of a "rest"? Or does it damage your computer when you switch graphics cards frequently?

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23 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

I wouldn't think it would 'damage' your computer to switch from integrated to discrete graphics frequently. However, there's really no need to switch when you're browsing. I have both a GTX 560 and Intel HD Graphics and my computers running fine solely on the GTX 560. As long as you keep your computer switched off when you're sleeping, gone out etc. your GPU should have enough 'rest'.
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23 Jan 2012   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

the intel 'card' (chip) should save some battery life and reduce heat buildup.
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23 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

Ah, sorry. I didn't realise it was a laptop. In that case, if you want to save some battery you can do so. However, if you're not worried about battery life, you should be fine with the 5650M permanently.
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