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GT540M vs AMD HD 6730M?

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Hi, Which Graphics Card is better?
I'm trying to choose over 2 laptops which has these graphic cards.,

Specs for 1st laptop :
i7-2670QM
8GB DDR3
HD 6730M 2GB VRAM Dedicated
750 GB HDD

2nd Laptop
i7-2670QM
8GB DDR3
750GB HDD
Nvidia GT540M 2GB VRam Dedicated..

basically the only difference are the graphic cards....

pls help.... both prices are almost the same...
post #2 of 8
6730M.

Benchmarks are here:

540m: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-540M.41715.0.html

6730M: http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6730M.43959.0.html
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post #3 of 8
HAve a look at This and this.


This site has a comparison tool but you have to make a free acount here.


Here is a disscution thread on the same issue.

Personal opinion : go with the gt540m
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HD6730 is faster in most scenarios by about 5-10%
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Not knowing what laptops that your choosing between or games you play i'd go with the 6730m since it seems like it's a little faster.
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The 6730M is faster, but I'll just give possible reasons to go with the 540M over it. One, if you use Adobe CS5 (or if you will use CS6), you can "hack" CS5 so it uses the CUDA cores for Premiere Pro and whatever else uses CUDA (by default, it only works with upper-midrange and faster Nvidia cards). Another plus of the 540M is Nvidia Optimus - this automatically switches between integrated an discrete graphics depending on what programs you're running. So, start up a game, Nvidia graphics turn on, close it, integrated turns on. AMD does have switchable graphics, but they're not quite as fluid - it's more of, manually switch the graphics on/off, and I'm not 100% sure exactly it's implementation (it may need a restart to switch to integrated etc., I don't know).

Basically, 5-10% performance could be considered negligible when comparing it to other features of the 540M, it just depends on what you want/need in a laptop.
 
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The 6730M is faster, but I'll just give possible reasons to go with the 540M over it. One, if you use Adobe CS5 (or if you will use CS6), you can "hack" CS5 so it uses the CUDA cores for Premiere Pro and whatever else uses CUDA (by default, it only works with upper-midrange and faster Nvidia cards). Another plus of the 540M is Nvidia Optimus - this automatically switches between integrated an discrete graphics depending on what programs you're running. So, start up a game, Nvidia graphics turn on, close it, integrated turns on. AMD does have switchable graphics, but they're not quite as fluid - it's more of, manually switch the graphics on/off, and I'm not 100% sure exactly it's implementation (it may need a restart to switch to integrated etc., I don't know).
Basically, 5-10% performance could be considered negligible when comparing it to other features of the 540M, it just depends on what you want/need in a laptop.

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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

The 6730M is faster, but I'll just give possible reasons to go with the 540M over it. One, if you use Adobe CS5 (or if you will use CS6), you can "hack" CS5 so it uses the CUDA cores for Premiere Pro and whatever else uses CUDA (by default, it only works with upper-midrange and faster Nvidia cards). Another plus of the 540M is Nvidia Optimus - this automatically switches between integrated an discrete graphics depending on what programs you're running. So, start up a game, Nvidia graphics turn on, close it, integrated turns on. AMD does have switchable graphics, but they're not quite as fluid - it's more of, manually switch the graphics on/off, and I'm not 100% sure exactly it's implementation (it may need a restart to switch to integrated etc., I don't know).
Basically, 5-10% performance could be considered negligible when comparing it to other features of the 540M, it just depends on what you want/need in a laptop.

My brother has a 6770m and the switchable graphics are very easy to use. There are various setups you can use but he has it set up so that when the power is plugged in it uses the 6770m and when on battery it uses the integrated gpu.

By default it automatically would switch depending on the demands of the application you are running but that didn't always work so well (it would run Black Ops using the integrated gpu instead). You can also manually select which gpu is used for a chosen application.
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