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Metall_pingwin

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#1 9 years ago

I very recently bought myself a shiny new laptop, A Dell Studio 1555. The contents are fairly powerful, I have a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, Four Gigabytes of ram, a 64bit OS an a 1920x1080 display.

The point being: This laptop is almost as powerful as my desktop in all cases but one: The GPU, which in games turns out to be a ridiculous bottleneck. A good example being Counter Strike Source - which on my PC (2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, 8800GT 512mb) runs at around 200fps with high settings, 16x AA and a 1680x1050 resolution. The same game, at full resolution hardly reaches 110fps with no AA and high settings on my laptop.

Now, this is no a gaming laptop - so I never expected great performance out of it - but the principle of the matter really really bugs me. I don't know if I can live down such a bottleneck. I know that Zamamee was replacing his GPU on a computer almost exactly like mine, so it's certainly possible.

The question is: Where do I find Laptop GPUs, how are the prices compared to their full-size counterparts, and what would be a good option for price vs performance?

The current GPU in my laptop is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 - the equivalent of an Ati Radeon HD 4550 256mb which retailed for $39-49 card during it's release.

I really can't provide a budget yet, because I have no idea what I'm looking at, that being said the money in my pocket suggests I don't go over 200$. Besides, any more than that and I could have very well bought another laptop.




kow_ciller

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#2 9 years ago

You're complaining at 110fps? Truth be told, there really isn't much you can do toward upgrading a video card in a laptop. Some laptops allow you to upgrade the video but most wont. A big problem of that is not having a removable gpu. And another problem is the added heat and power consumption associated with a larger video card. If you want great gaming performance ditch the laptop and stick to the desktop.




Mr. Pedantic

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#3 9 years ago
You're complaining at 110fps?

Yeah, well it's CSS, isn't it? The specs required for that game isn't exactly high. So for more graphically intensive games, it will really start sweating. Though, to be honest, if Counterstrike source is the only game you play, then there's really nothing to worry about, there's not much else you're going to use the GPU for.

As kow said most laptops won't allow you to remove the GPU, being soldered onto the motherboard. I don't know if heat is really that much of an issue unless you go all out on the upgrade, but power will be an issue. And even if you do it, I really doubt it's going to be worth the hassle.




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#4 9 years ago

Forget about it, it's practically impossible with the vast majority of laptops. I remember the topic and you didn't have gaming in mind when you bought that laptop, because of that you bought a model that's not really suited to gaming, and now you're stuck with the card it's got.




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#5 9 years ago
Metall_pingwin;4922399The same game, at full resolution hardly reaches 110fps with no AA and high settings on my laptop.

Man, I would kill for that kinda performance :(


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#6 9 years ago
computernerd;4922471Man, I would kill for that kinda performance :(

No kidding. I'm running a 7400Go in mine. I'm just happy when I can make a game run well at all, let alone with eye candy and high framerates.




Metall_pingwin

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#7 9 years ago

It's not a matter of how many FPS I get in CSS (consider it a benchmark), it's a matter of principle. I knew what I was getting into when I bought this computer - and I'm not complaining or even disappointed in the least bit. Everything is pretty much the way I thought it would be. I still don't plan on buying a new GPU for this laptop any time soon, and I don't plan on playing any demanding games on it, but most of all - I'm not asking for moral support.

If you don't want to help me, that's fine - just please don't try to argue me out of even thinking about it.

At the end of the day, I still have a bottleneck in my computer and I'm curious what it would take to fix it - be it a good idea or not.




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#8 9 years ago

If you shop in an affordable price range, you're either going to get CPU power, or GPU power, not both. Would you rather the CPU bottleneck for your intended purpose and have an LT that's great for gaming but sucks at what you bought it for? Suck it up and realize it's a minor trade-off at best. You're complaining about something that in reality does a better job at it's non intended use, than many of older the built for gaming desktops out there like mine that are slowly being put out to pasture.




kow_ciller

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#9 9 years ago

Metall_pingwin;4922523It's not a matter of how many FPS I get in CSS (consider it a benchmark), it's a matter of principle. I knew what I was getting into when I bought this computer - and I'm not complaining or even disappointed in the least bit. Everything is pretty much the way I thought it would be. I still don't plan on buying a new GPU for this laptop any time soon, and I don't plan on playing any demanding games on it, but most of all - I'm not asking for moral support.

If you don't want to help me, that's fine - just please don't try to argue me out of even thinking about it.

At the end of the day, I still have a bottleneck in my computer and I'm curious what it would take to fix it - be it a good idea or not.

Maybe you should read what we say and not be so defensive about your purchase when you are complaining about having a bottleneck, yourself. And how is it a matter of principle? You have a desktop that games perfectly fine. If you're so worried about having a bottleneck why did you buy that laptop in the first place?

I hope you know that replacing a gpu in a laptop isn't the unscrew and replace that takes place in a desktop computer. While the 4550 might cost $50 for a pci-e card. Buying that same replacement for a laptop might run $2-300.




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#10 9 years ago
kow_ciller;4922540I hope you know that replacing a gpu in a laptop isn't the unscrew and replace that takes place in a desktop computer.

Damn right :beer:


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