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Windows 7: Video card for running my HDTV

16 Dec 2013   #1
idahjo

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Video card for running my HDTV

I have a computer that is used for driving my LCD HDTV (Vizio M550SV)M550SV | VIZIO. The computer is built on a Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard GIGABYTE - Motherboard - BGA FT1 - GA-E350N-USB3 (rev. 1.0). It uses an AMD E-350 APU and has a built-in AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics core. There is 8GB of memory added to the MB (2x4GB). This unit has W-7 Ultimate x 64 as the OS.
I have currently a ATI Radeon HD 4550 PCIe card installed on the MB and use it as I initially believed that the picture was improved with it over the built-in 6310. What I am wondering is, shouldn’t the 6310 provide better graphics than the 4450 or is it that the integrated 6310 is restricted by its configuration and maybe the 4450 has an advantage by being an add-on card?
Also, would a newer card help improve the graphics or have I hit the ceiling with the E-350 APU? I only use this computer for watching Blu-rays on the HDTV and do NO gaming. Curiosity is the reason for my questions as there is really no complaint of what I have now.
Thanks in advance..


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16 Dec 2013   #2
RoasterMen

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

The HD 6310 only wins when it comes to DirectX version. You shouldn't have any problems with the Radeon HD 4550
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16 Dec 2013   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Agreed. The 4550 is a respectable little card. It should be fine for movie watching.
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17 Dec 2013   #4
idahjo

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
The HD 6310 only wins when it comes to DirectX version. You shouldn't have any problems with the Radeon HD 4550
This system features "Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics (DirectX11)" so apparently it qualifies.
Went ahead and pulled the 4550 and reverted back to the on-board feature with HD 6310. Downloaded the recommended driver through the AMD autodetect program and it seems to be working at least as well as with the HD 4550 board. Quite possibly an improvement. I am pleased with the results

Thanks for the input; appreciated!
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18 Dec 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

You should consider getting a better card, an nVidia, something in the 700 series, a 760 or better.

A good card should always be better then using the cpu graphics.
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