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My video card sucks...or does it?


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rtuttle4

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5160 laptop with an NVidia GeForce Go 5200 64 MB video card. I am wondering if it is better than the NVidia Geforce 2 series cause I have a couple games (Civ 4 and C&C Generals) that say on their boxes the system requirments are GeForce 2 for the video card. Anyway, these games run real slow and im wondering if its my graphics card that's the problem. My laptop has a 3.2 Ghz processor and 512 mb of RAM so it seems as though to be a fast computer. It runs hot however and the fan is always blowing like crazy so it could be that...

I just would like to know if my video card should be playing these games that have min. system requirements of the GeForce 2 video card.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5160 laptop with an NVidia GeForce Go 5200 64 MB video card. I am wondering if it is better than the NVidia Geforce 2 series cause I have a couple games (Civ 4 and C&C Generals) that say on their boxes the system requirments are GeForce 2 for the video card. Anyway, these games run real slow and im wondering if its my graphics card that's the problem. My laptop has a 3.2 Ghz processor and 512 mb of RAM so it seems as though to be a fast computer. It runs hot however and the fan is always blowing like crazy so it could be that...

I just would like to know if my video card should be playing these games that have min. system requirements of the GeForce 2 video card.

Thanks


Its 64-bit video card but that shouldn't be so bad but still... The higher the GeForce series the better though.

Laptops aren't made for gaming really...(In my opinion anyways) Yes, it could be the heat issue too probably. Very high temperatures and slowness go hand and hand.

Laptops usually can have high frequency(Like 3.2 GHz in your case) but that doesn't mean they have good front bus speed. (Especially laptops.)

If you want to play games like that good I would recommend a desktop... (One of my friends has a good laptop but it still lags at Generals and other stuff like that)
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Generals is actually quite intensive on system resources, a 5200 is the equivalent to a geforce 5 which is alot better than 2, when they say minimum thats usually what you need just for it to run it doesnt actually mean playable, as a general rule of thumb unless you have close to the reccomended it wont run very well.
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Generals is actually quite intensive on system resources, a 5200 is the equivalent to a geforce 5 which is alot better than 2, when they say minimum thats usually what you need just for it to run it doesnt actually mean playable, as a general rule of thumb unless you have close to the reccomended it wont run very well.


Exactly what I was going to say. Yes, my friend ran BF2 at the minium before... Oh boy... That was fun.
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Haha, you think that is bad. My friend says that his friend could run FEAR playably on a standard Dell, not even XPS, which IMHO, are crap as well. :tazz:
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