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Offline AppleSauce
« Posted 2014-06-28 22:32:36 »

I see a computer has integrated graphics but that would be a pain to upgrade to a GPU. Another good one has integrated graphiccs yet it has a GPU. By default would the PC be connected to the integrated or the GPU?
Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-06-28 23:02:49 »

The PC is connected to both, and it should come with software to choose which applications should use which card. I think it defaults to the integrated. I have an intel integrated as well as a radeon card, and when I first got my laptop I could use Catalyst Control Center to choose.

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Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-06-28 23:07:28 »

Yeah, my new laptop has both integrated and dedicated, usually if you right-click on an application you can choose which to run the app with, as well as use the control center/panel to change default settings fro various programs.
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Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-06-28 23:14:06 »

Or if you're on nix, you can define which card to use in some X startup file. I forget the name, it's been a while since I've messed with it.

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2014-06-28 23:53:24 »

With a desktop, this is not possible I believe, as the HDMI/DVI cable is either connected to the onboard port for the integrated GPU or the graphics card's port.

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2014-06-29 01:30:51 »

If it's a laptop, like others said, there's usually a toggle between the two if you have both options. All my laptops with dedicated GPUs though didn't even have integrated graphics. I don't even understand why they do, I guess they have both for battery saving purposes?

As for desktops, you use whatever what your monitor is hooked to. There's nothing to configure.

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Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #6 - Posted 2014-06-29 01:32:23 »

I don't even understand why they do, I guess they have both for battery saving purposes?

Pretty much that. Look up Nvidia Optimus.
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« Reply #7 - Posted 2014-06-29 01:37:49 »

I don't even understand why they do, I guess they have both for battery saving purposes?

Pretty much that. Look up Nvidia Optimus.
Ah, interesting. I guess it makes sense, also explains why I never had it on any of my laptops. All my laptops were ultra lightweight laptops for school/work, or big ass monster gaming laptops that felt like a cinder block.

Also been several years since I bought a gaming laptop, it's quite possible the technology didn't exist back then, or was too new.

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Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #8 - Posted 2014-06-29 01:41:16 »

Yeah, the model I just got (lenovo y510p, glorious) can have two graphics cards plus the integrated (mine only has one, but still), and yet the battery life when not gaming or whatever is actually quite good.
Offline AppleSauce
« Reply #9 - Posted 2014-06-29 04:11:49 »

Well, I settled on an integrated intel HD Graphics. I just got this windows 8 computer and it's pretty hard to move quickly on. For any of you windows 8 users, how long did it take to get a custom to the OS where you can move quickly?
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Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #10 - Posted 2014-06-29 04:17:25 »

Windows is a simple OS. If you have used any release of Windows previously, it's pretty much exactly the same. If you don't know how to find something look it up on Google. For something that Windows XP-7 users will like, right click on the bottom left icon.
Meh.

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Offline AppleSauce
« Reply #11 - Posted 2014-06-29 04:19:19 »

Windows is a simple OS. If you have used any release of Windows previously, it's pretty much exactly the same. If you don't know how to find something look it up on Google. For something that Windows XP-7 users will like, right click on the bottom left icon.
Meh.

I just feel slower, no issues.
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« Reply #12 - Posted 2014-06-29 04:42:48 »

Most people (on linux) run the x server on their integrated chip, and offload graphics-intensive games to the dedicated GPU.

Because that's what hybrid graphics are designed to do, and it works very well.

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2014-06-29 20:01:20 »

Well, I settled on an integrated intel HD Graphics. I just got this windows 8 computer and it's pretty hard to move quickly on. For any of you windows 8 users, how long did it take to get a custom to the OS where you can move quickly?
Metro will slow you down, however there is really never a need to use the Metro start menu since as soon as you hit the Windows button you can start typing the name of the program you need, so I have had no problems with Windows 8 so far.

Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #14 - Posted 2014-06-29 20:03:00 »

You can also get ClassicShell, which re-instates the Win7 start menu, never have to even see Metro if you don't want to. Good stuff.
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« Reply #15 - Posted 2014-06-29 20:09:46 »

Start8, although paid software ($5), is arguably the best if you want the start menu back. Although some will argue that Windows 7 is good enough instead of paying for Start8, you really can't beat the improvements and speed of Windows 8.

Offline BurntPizza
« Reply #16 - Posted 2014-06-29 20:10:45 »

Hell, the Win8 task manager is sexy.
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« Reply #17 - Posted 2014-06-29 20:13:56 »

Very sexy. I have the Summary View of the Performance tab permanently on my desktop.

In addition, the File Explorer is really nice, and thankfully the Up button is back.

Offline gouessej
« Reply #18 - Posted 2014-06-30 15:26:49 »

Or if you're on nix, you can define which card to use in some X startup file. I forget the name, it's been a while since I've messed with it.
This file is named xorg.conf as far as I know.

Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #19 - Posted 2014-06-30 23:24:27 »

This file is named xorg.conf as far as I know.

Ah yes, that's it. Thanks!

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