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Windows 7: is it better to have integrated graphics on with gaming?


04 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1.7600)
 
 
is it better to have integrated graphics on with gaming?

i have a acer aspire x3400g with a integrated nivdia 9200 graphics.

i have a asus gt430 installed.

i play diable 3

would it be profitable to have integrated graphics turned on in the bios.

i set my bios to have it on with uma buffer size 512 (which is the 9200s ram).

would this offload textures and make fps better?

btw in device manager it is showing both gpu's.NVM IT INSTALLED THE 9200 ONCE I TURNED ONBOARD GRAPHICS ON IN THE BIOS. BUT ONCE I RESET MY COMPUTER ITS GONE. BUT ONBOARD IS STILL ON.
thanks

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04 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello sogone209,

Short answer, nope.

Long answer:-

Your integrated graphics card would actually reduce your performance by using up system RAM from your system that it'd have to permanently reserve for its own functionality.

What you've mentioned as the UMA buffer size is actually referring to the amount of system RAM you are allowing the integrated card to reserve from it. For example you have 4 GBs of RAM. You set the UMA buffer to 512 MB. You are telling the integrated card to take that amount of RAM from your system for its own functions. So in effect you only have 3.5 GB of RAM left for your system and applications.

Offloading textures and the like refers to SLI functionality which requires 2 dedicated cards like your Asus GT 430 to be installed in tandem.

In conclusion, switch off that integrated card, and use your dedicated card for optimal performance. Unless power conservation is important to you. But I believe that it doesn't really matter since you're gaming on a desktop.
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04 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No it's not good

Integregated will use your hard drive for memory in your games
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04 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1.7600)
 
 

thank you guys so much! +rep
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04 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

You're welcome mate!
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04 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1.7600)
 
 

ok so ive been getting more information. yes it is using my ram but i get a 10fps increase with it on. ive tested 3 time with diablo 3 now. and i get roughly 57-60 fps with the integrated on with 512 used. and when its off i get 47-50. so it must be doing something for me. this is a clean slate windows 7 professional with nothing really installed besides the games and updates.
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04 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sogone209 View Post
ok so ive been getting more information. yes it is using my ram but i get a 10fps increase with it on. ive tested 3 time with diablo 3 now. and i get roughly 57-60 fps with the integrated on with 512 used. and when its off i get 47-50. so it must be doing something for me. this is a clean slate windows 7 professional with nothing really installed besides the games and updates.
That flies in the face of what i know about graphic card architectures and gaming performance..

Most interesting... your integrated nvidia 9200 card should neither be doing anything nor should it be able to contribute to your dedicated graphics card's performance unless it was participating in some ghetto ad-hoc SLI with the GT 430.

Which is somewhat impossible as they are of completely different architectures...

The more you know i guess...

If it really works for you across the board with all kinds of games and 3D applications, then go with it!
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04 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Maybe you're connecting the monitor to the on-board video port instead of on the graphics card, or something?

I haven't used MBs with integrated graphics on my PCs for a long time, so just kind of guessing here.
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05 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 (6.1.7600)
 
 

nope my primary is my dedicated graphics with hdmi to my huge tv. but diablo 3 in hd 1080 looks amazing. and with the onboard on it seems to give me around 10-12 fps. i will keep it since its note breaking anything thanks you guys
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05 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Sogone209, If you don't mind could you mark the thread as solved if you're satisfied with the responses you've got?

Thanks in advance!
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