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Dome

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So my friend got a new video card, so he let me have his old one cause he knew i was using an onboard. The thing is, before i go and tinker with my computer, just how much of an upgrade is it?

I have a Radeon HD3300 Onboard my Mobo

I just received a Radeon HD4550

Now by natural assumption, i thought it would be a big upgrade, but as i learned online, the numbers have plenty of meanings. The only info i could find for comparison was on wikipedia, im not not sure what half of these things mean, me being Computer illiterate

I took some screenshots for the computer Literate to help me out ^_^

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I think the upgrade will make at least a noticeable difference. But how much memory is built into each? Please correct me if I am mistaken.
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on the 4550 i plan on putting in, i looked it up, says 1gig, dxdiag says my current card has 2gig. How important is memory exactly?

Edited by Dome, 06 February 2010 - 11:01 PM.

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i'm not exactly an expert on graphics cards, but i think your mobo says your onboard graphics has 2gb its not really 2gbs. Like I said i'm not that good, but i think it means its using "virtual" memory. The 4550 should be better and if I were in this situation I would put it in.
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Thanks for the opinion, i did read something about it not having its own memory, Im going to put in the card later or tomorrow, ill see how much better it is
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Well i replaced it and i am very happy, im gaining 20-30 FPS in most of my games, some games becoming playable when before they were not such as Resident Evil 5 or Halo 2.
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