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Does dedicated system memory matter as much now that laptops can upgrade up to 8 gigs of ram?

Yes sorry! I'm looking to buy a new laptop for music recording/plugins and video editing (but don't want to break the bank) and I was talking about video memory. I know general knowledge says dedicated is better but computers can upgrade with a lot more ram these days. For example:

Laptop #1 has 1gb of dedicated video memory and 8 gigs of system ram Laptop #2 has 1bg of shared video memory and 7 gigs of system ram left over

Is laptop #1 that much better?

Thanks, M

asked Feb 22 '11 at 10:17

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edited Feb 22 '11 at 16:13

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Tim Fontana

did you mean dedicated vs shared video memory? cause RAM is system memory, which you dont really need more than 4 GB of it unless you plan on running 3+ resource intensive games on it simultaniously, which i have no idea why anyone would do that lol anyways, yeah you can upgrade to as much system ram as you would need, if the laptop manufacterer has that option... and dedicated video memory is better than shared (integrated) video memory

answered Feb 22 '11 at 10:38

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It doesn't matter so much now if you have 4 GB installed, 8 GB is a bit much to me, but that's just me...

What I'd be looking at in a laptop is the Core i3/i5 Processors with a GPU in the Processors, but even more important yet is the new upcoming Processors from AMD, which are very good and have a DX11 GPU in them, as we all understand from the architect, AMD will have the processor for mobile that you want!

The reason I highly recommend a processor with a GPU built in, is because the GPU has access to CACHE, and that is very powerful indeed! Also, because these chips are newer, they have what is called Turbo Boost (Intel) or Turbo Core (AMD) which can conserve your battery life!

Just my 2 cents.. :D

answered Feb 22 '11 at 13:26

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edited Feb 22 '11 at 13:28

depends what the graphics card in the laptop is. the companies are trying to trick people with the amount of ram on some graphics cards. the nvidia gt430 for example can be bought with 2gb of vRAM, but its not powerful enough to use it all. there would be no difference in performance if it had 512mb of vRAM. the gtx 480/580 on the other hand, have 1.5gb of vRAM but are immensely faster.

answered Feb 22 '11 at 15:04

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Discreet graphics will still win out as far as gaming is concerned. If you are dealing with music and video editing, you probably won't tax the GPU as much as gaming or heavy duty graphics design will, and could get away with the non-discrete GPU, which robs from your system memory. Personally, if the system that meets your requirements is available with a discreet GPU, with its own video memory, I would go for the unit with the discreet card.

answered Feb 22 '11 at 15:16

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laptop #1 is the way to go. the videocard will help out in the long run.

answered Feb 22 '11 at 15:26

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