Does memory matter for integrated graphics?

acampb311 February 23, 2013
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I am currently in the market for a new laptop and was researching my options. I found two laptops that I like the specs of but I I need advice before I invest. The computers are a HP Pavilion g7-2270us 17.3″ Laptop and a Lenovo Ideapad Z580-59345254 15.6″ Laptop.

The Lenovo has 8GB of memory while the HP has only 6GB of memory. The HP claims that it has 1664MB of graphics memory, while the Lenovo shares its memory. I am just wondering if the Lenovo has better graphics considering that it has no dedicated graphics memory?

  1. Dhaval Patel
    February 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    yes, they will consume some part of your RAM...

  2. ha14
    February 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Review
    http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/lenovo-ideapad-z580.aspx
    The Z580 has Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU graphics, not good for most taxing 3D titles. On the "World of Warcraft" test, the Z580 delivered a frame rate of 64 fps on Good at 1366 x 768, on maximum level the frame rate dropped to 24 fps!
    also 2.5-GHz Intel i5-3210M processor

    HP Pavilion g7-2270us Technical Detail
    •Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4 GHz (6 MB Cache)
    • 6 GB / 8 GB (max)
    •17.3-Inch Screen, 1600 x 900 ( HD+ ), Intel HD Graphics 4000
    http://www.cnet.com/laptops/hp-pavilion-g7-2270us/4505-3121_7-35582967.html
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 with up to 1664MB shared video memory
    http://browse.feedreader.com/c/Tech_Review_Site/307239391

    if i am not wrong based on aforementioned specifications, both has intel HD Graphics 4000 so with shared memory, more laptop has memory better will be, if you are heavy 3D game player and 3D application/calculations user better will be with separate Graphic GPU.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 has better CPU.

  3. Suvadeep Paul
    February 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I think its always better to buy a laptop with dedicated graphics card if you want to use it to play games apart from regular use. Dedicated cards have much better performance than integrated one. However, if you want to use the laptop only for working and general stuff then you can go for the integrated one coz you will save some money.
    I have a personal opinion here. Don't buy a HP laptop with switchable graphics. Coz it will give problem while playing games specially latest ones. I have HP DV6-6165tx and facing problem while playing COD-Black Ops 2 & MOH Warfighter. (See: http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/why-does-my-laptop-display-driver-stop-working-when-i-play-black-ops-2-or-medal-of-honor/). Another problem with HP is, they do not update the drivers regularly and as it is customized you cannot directly download it from the hardware manufacturer. I would have gone for laptops with Nvidia cards.

  4. Alok Ghate
    February 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    dedicated graphic card is more better as integrated graphic card have maximum of 256 mb of graphic memory which is not sufficient for large sized or higher resolution graphic games

  5. susendeep dutta
    February 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    In this age of multimedia consumption,buy a laptop which has decent graphics.So,buy a laptop which has dedicated mobile GPU from Nvidia or AMD.

    Laptops with Nvidia switchable graphics are best as they are good for battery life.Nvidia's drivers are also best and stable as comparison to AMD ones.

  6. Jesse Manalansan
    February 23, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Dedicated Graphics Memory is still the best.

    The integrated GPU is great for low power and small legroom situations. They share resources with the rest of your system, if you are lucky you might get "side port memory" which is memory embedded in the motherboard just for your integrated GPU but it isn't much. They are typically considered weak though.

    A dedicated GPU is usually in the form of a graphics card. It has its own specialized processor and its own memory. Think of it like a mini-computer that specializes in rendering graphics. Because it doesn't need to share resources with the rest of the computer it can be much more powerful but it will take up more space and consume more power. But a dedicated GPU outclasses a integrated GPU of similar generation hands down, in overall power.

    Source: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110509070447AA0nc3L

  7. Alan Wade
    February 23, 2013 at 6:20 am

    My own personal opinion is that of always use a graphic card with its own memory modules. Sharing memory will slow down graphic complexed programs and games.
    A person could fill this screen with arguments for or against the question so I will just leave my personal opinion.

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