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Hi,
I'm helping my parents configure a new PC and I ran across an interesting issue. As is, the PC comes with the intel X3000 graphics but an option to upgrade to an ATI Radeon 2400 PRO. The ATI only has 128 mb of memory while the integrated has shared memory. I was wondering if it was worth it to my parents, who only check email and browse the internet, to get the ATI where both cards will run the Aero interface. In addition, the integrated solution will have more memory available to it, so will it be better? Thanks!
    
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You'll be ok with the X3000, its a good graphics chip, and should run aero smoothly
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you can more than enough play games like CSS and other Steam apps so that's a good Inte GMA unit, unlike many other GMA's
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I think the X3000 will be fine for their needs, it will save some cash that if you really want to can put in to an extra stick of memory. and lets face it it doesn't sound link their playing COD4, crysis, or anything like that . and you can always upgrade later if their graphic needs ever change.
post #5 of 6
While the Intel G965 Express isn't exactly great for games (as with most IGP's) or video playback, it should suit you well for everyday use.

It's a relatively new IGP with some more advanced features:

The Tech Report:
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Intel's GMA X3000 graphics core sits at the heart of the G965 Express north bridge, and it's quite a departure from IGPs of old. Like the G80 graphics processor that powers Nvidia's high-end GeForce 8800 series, the X3000 has a unified shader architecture populated with eight scalar execution units that can perform both pixel and vertex operations. In such an architecture, dynamic load balancing can ensure the most efficient use of the chip's execution units based on the demands of a given scene, be it biased toward pixel shading calculations, vertex calculations, or a balance of the two.
In their concluding statements, they don't recommend it for 3D games or HD video, but I find that somewhat of a pointless statement considering that's not really what they're intended for in the first place. The technology is more than capable of doing everyday tasks like web browsing, basic media, and running Vista's Aero.
    
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thanks eveyrone! I was leaning towards the x3000 but i just wasn't sure how well it performed.
    
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