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When you installed the second memory module, you enabled dual-channel mode and doubled memory bandwidth. GPU performance is highly dependent on memory bandwidth and your frame rates reflect the increase in bandwidth. The AMD A10-6790K is an "Accelerated Processing Unit" (APU). APUs combine a CPU with a relatively powerful integrated graphics processor ...


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To flesh out Sathya's answer a bit: In most systems, the same PCIe lanes are used for both the IGP and the PCIe-x16 slot for the video card. So either the slot can be used or the IGP. This means you can't even put non-video card devices (e.g. RAID controllers) into the x16 slot without losing access to the IGP -- you'd still have to install a video card in a ...


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You have an APU, rather than a discrete CPU and discrete GPU. That means that they share system RAM for the texture cache, rather than dedicated on-board memory on a graphics card. The reason the RAM upgrade sped things up for your game likely is because of texture resource swapping. With more RAM available overall, that means more texture data is able to ...


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It doesn't sound like you would benefit from adding a PCI-E video card. It may provide slight benefits, but most likely you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. If you were to do full screen video playback (DVD Quality), games (especially 3D) or CAD, then you would probably want an upgrade. Dual displays would also benefit, if you card supported ...


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The core differences of integrated graphics processors (IGPs) vs dedicated video cards (GPUs) are : IGPs uses significantly less power and generate less heat than GPUs IGPs uses/shares main system memory whereas GPUs have dedicated memory IGPs are performs significantly lower compared to GPUs (especially Intel IGP solutions) On a desktop, if an IGP breaks ...


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Pull it out of the motherboard, perhaps? Can't get more disabled than that, and there's no chance of the OS interfering before it's had a chance to realise that no, it shouldn't be using it.


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I am asking that, If I increase my RAM to 3 GB, will it increase my shared graphics memory ? No. If you look at the GMA 3000 whitepaper(pdf warning) the GMA 3000 supports up to 256MB as shared video memory. video memory of 384 MB for Intel GMA X3000 and 256 MB for Intel GMA 3000 Adding more RAM will improve your system performance since it'll ...


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Yes, it does use electricity (if it were not, then it wouldn't be detected by whatever OS you are running). Have a look at this idle power consumption graph (similar figures here). Your numbers for the listed cards most likely will be smaller, as you do not even have a monitor plugged into the card - but power consumption will not be zero. To convert Watts ...


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If you want to know the actual savings, get a Kill-A-Watt. Run the computer for one month with the video card and one month without. Compare the actual kilowatt-hours used and multiply that by your electricity rate for cost comparison.


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There is no one answer fits all. I have had motherboards with the same chipset and integrated graphics, but on one it allowed and the other it did not. Without knowing your motherboard, it is not possible to know - however ask the manufacturer or just try it. In any case, you will most likely need to set it in the BIOS, you may be able to go in there now ...


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You should be able to disable it in the BIOS. They vary between companies and models so I can't give you a definite location, but it will be in the section for video.


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No, just disable it. Integrated graphics will not compare to the external GPU you have, and it won't save power or allow you to add an extra screen. It's one or the other, not both at the same time. Integrated graphics will be choppy and slow. Essentially a downgrade.


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This depends on a lot of factors. Let's make some assumptions. Your video card consumes 10W under idle conditions (monitor turned off due to power save). Your video card consumes 35W under low-load conditions (using business productivity apps or web browsing without video). Your video card consumes 100W under high-load conditions (3D video games, high res ...


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APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit a term that AMD usually use, an APU is just really the CPU and GPU integrated into one chip, whereas an integrated GPU is a GPU that's on the motherboard itself. So... APU - CPU & GPU Combined Integrated GPU - CPU and GPU Separate. Intel has released new CPUs codenamed SandyBridge, these processors have ...


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No it won't. The graphics card has memory that is only used on the graphics card itself. However increasing your computer's memory does increase perceived graphics performance, due to the fact that the system itself is running faster. Looking at this article by Tom's Hardware, shows that actually the amount of memory on a card doesn't make as much of a ...


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Just to make sure you know... you won't just be replacing the processor. You'd be replacing the motherboard as well. No, don't get insulted. I'm not assuming that you didn't know this. You didn't mention it, so I did. What happens when you put a dedicated video card in a system with an integrated video card? Well... let's put it this way. Let's assume ...


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From the manual for that motherboard: Page x: Dual VGA output supports: RGB & DVI, DVI & DP, and RGB & DP Page 1-19: Due to chipset limitaion, when a DisplayPort monitor is plugged in, PCIe x 16 slot may not be able to support an add-on card. Set the DisplayPort Configuration item in teh BIOS to [Enabled] before using the ...


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This depends a lot on your definitions: Is Windows really using a 3D card for daily stuff? No, not really. Is Windows really using hardware accelerated compositing for daily stuff? Most definitely. Do you need a $300 card for 2D acceleration & Aero? No. Pretty much any on-board graphics produced in the past few years will provide that these days, and I ...


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Modern integrated GPUs work the same way as those dedicated cards with the exception that they share memory with the CPU. They are typically less powerful than the ones on dedicated cards but functionally they work the same. Internally they are massively parallel processing units. The drivers and GPUs break up the task of 3D rendering into multiple ...


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Since Intel is one of the few companies that actively support open source drivers for their GPUs, they are probably the most robust GPU you could use under Linux right now because of that alone. Personally I would buy an Intel graphics card just for that, but sadly nobody makes video cards with Intel GPUs. Dual monitor support depends on the connectors on ...


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Yeah, the Intel HD graphics core present in Sandy Bridge processors are fine for Aero.


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I figured it out. I had to toggle my prepared graphics processor from the Nvidia control panel (pretty weird), and then it worked just fine. A reboot was required.


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This is normal for mobile GPUs. At one point nVidia made a system where card would be able to use both its own RAM and system RAM. After that they presented some graphics cards with 32 MiB and 64 MiB of RAM. They could use system RAM, so their total amount of RAM would be 128 MiB and 256 MiB, if I remember correctly. Basically, the dedicated video memory is ...


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There is no one answer. If this is a headless machine that you will only be using remotely, set it to the minimum. If you are going to be playing games, using anything graphically intensive or complex, set it the maximum. One word of warning, (mainly to people coming here from Google), 32Mb is a "safe" amount, some older motherboards let you set this as ...


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Well, that really depends on what kind of graphics you are doing. The integrated graphics in Sandy Bridge are very, very good for an integrated solution. So good, in fact, that they rival low-end discrete graphics cards. If the most graphically intensive thing you do is watch movies or edit the occaisonal photo, Sandy Bridge integrated graphics are probably ...


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If the computer is especially slow while moving around windows or doing graphical stuff, maybe you do not have the correct video driver installed (assuming you still have a graphic card on the mainboard or that you have installed a new graphics card). In any case, check under Start-Menu -> right-click Computer -> Manage -> Device Manager what video card is ...


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This will depend on the motherboard/BIOS. Some allow the onboard graphics others don't. It appears that the Asus doesn't and to run a second monitor you'll have to use the 2nd output on the graphics card. You don't have to buy a DVI lead - though using one will give you a better image - you can get DVI to VGA converters and use your existing lead.


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For Nvidia based cards of all varieties I would have gone straight to the Nvidia website rather than the reseller (EVGA, XFX or whoever) and checked out the specifications of the card there. Picking one at random the Geforce GTX 570 specifications page immediately lists the maximum resolutions for both VGA cable and digital links: 2560x1600 Maximum ...


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Did your new RAM have a slower speed? If I'm not mistaken, the windows index measures based on speed of the RAM, not quantity.


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first, try re-booting with JUST the DVI connected. it may be that defaulting to VGA as primary is causing you problems. if that still fails, go into your display properties and look for dual monitor settings and see if it's showing up as a second disabled monitor that needs enabling. Also try getting latest drivers from the AMD/ATi site rather than from ...



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