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ATI 4250 --> Nvidia 9400GT --> ATI 6850M?

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I owned / own both ATI 4250 On board and Geforce 9400GT Dedicated.

I noted that the ATI was just a bit worse then the Geforce.

But how does the ATI 6850M Compare?

One person said the ATI 6850M was better, but how much % better?


ATI 4250
1GB System Shared

Nvidia Geforce 9400GT
PCI-E x16
512MB DDR 2 @ 667 Mhz

ATI 6850 M
1024 MB GDDR5 (Up to 3813 MB) <--- Can I add more or shared 2GB From System?

BTW What's with AMD / ATI? Why both?

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post #2 of 7
The 6850 should be the most powerful by far. (It is 3 generations ahead and has DX 11 support to boot.)

I would expect it to be 100% faster (twice as fast.) In Passmark the 6850m got a 877 while the highest 9500gt for a 425.
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Well it appears you are comparing a laptop gpu to a desktop gpu but even taking that into the consideration I believe the 6850m is at least twice as fast as the older 9400gt. And no you cannot add more vram but you will never need it with a card that powerful. It will get bogged down by the higher resolutions and AA before it runs out of vram.
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Originally Posted by ChatGhost View Post

I owned / own both ATI 4250 On board and Geforce 9400GT Dedicated.
I noted that the ATI was just a bit worse then the Geforce.
But how does the ATI 6850M Compare?
One person said the ATI 6850M was better, but how much % better?
ATI 4250
1GB System Shared
Nvidia Geforce 9400GT
PCI-E x16
512MB DDR 2 @ 667 Mhz
ATI 6850 M
1024 MB GDDR5 (Up to 3813 MB) <--- Can I add more or shared 2GB From System?
BTW What's with AMD / ATI? Why both?
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AMD bought ATI and now makes GPUs as well as CPUs. Older cards are still referred to as ATI cards but all newer ones are now labeled AMD.

The first two are crap. The 9400GT is weaker than Intel HD 2000 Graphics which is standard integrated on most last generation Intel CPUs. The 6850M is miles ahead of the other two. About 88% faster than the 9400GT. Only 1GB of VRAM though. For a laptop though it's fine because you're usually at 720p tops with that card. You should be able to play most games at Med settings.

Hope that helps.
Edited by Shion314 - 4/28/12 at 8:40pm
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+1 to Shion314

I'm playing Minecraft Everything on High and View on Far and I'm getting 15 FPS on the ATI 4250.

What can I expect on the 6850?

My Most Graphical Game is The Witcher 2. The Geforce 9400GT would not Play it Minimal.

And Skyrim Played Smooth Min.

I'm use to 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768. And I'm happy.

Will a SSD help my Frames? Or faster Ram?
Edited by ChatGhost - 4/29/12 at 12:10am
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+1 to Shion314
I'm playing Minecraft Everything on High and View on Far and I'm getting 15 FPS on the ATI 4250.
What can I expect on the 6850?
My Most Graphical Game is The Witcher 2. The Geforce 9400GT would not Play it Minimal.
And Skyrim Played Smooth Min.
I'm use to 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768. And I'm happy.
Will a SSD help my Frames? Or faster Ram?

The 6850M should run those fine at that resolution and Low to Med settings. Some older games at High. But are you looking into a laptop? If you're talking about a desktop card it's different.

SSD and faster RAM will help with boot times for your computer and load times for programs. You might see some minimal increase in FPS but not much.
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I'm looking for a Desktop Replacement and something I can take to College in a Year.

Also something to do some gaming.

Mostly Minecraft and Skyrim.

The Laptop I'm looking at is the HP Envy 17 2070 NR.

I do a bit of programming on the side.

I have a Smallish Budget when It comes down to what laptop.

The Envy was my favorable in my Price range . < $1,000

3 Monitors if needed. Great Sound. Large Screen. Good Battery Life. And just plain Sexy. If I my say so.

I watched some Videos on YouTube of People playing Crysis 2 on High(ish) setting with this card.

Any input? Suggestions?
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