Old school video card vs New school on board video

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BouncingSoul

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Are card graphics always better then on board graphics?

I got a new HP system at work, it has the Intel 915GL chipset. I also have an older 6600gt card lying around. Is that card going to be a step down or step up from the 915? I would guess the card has to be better, but, it is close to 3 years old. There are some comparison charts out there but they don't include on board video so I can't get a definitive answer. Any guesses?
 

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I would believe the 6600GT would be better than the 915. There can be cases where an onboard might be better, but they are few and far between.
 

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definitely.... my laptop's 915gl is not as good as my old voodoo 5
 

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Yeah the 6600GT isn't that bad a card really, and should blow the 915GL out of the water, not to mention free up more of your RAM.
 

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Are card graphics always better then on board graphics?

I got a new HP system at work, it has the Intel 915GL chipset. I also have an older 6600gt card lying around. Is that card going to be a step down or step up from the 915? I would guess the card has to be better, but, it is close to 3 years old. There are some comparison charts out there but they don't include on board video so I can't get a definitive answer. Any guesses?

The 6600gt would probably be better with the standard vga drivers than the 915GL would with the latest drivers :p. 6600gt is going to be better in every area of usage except probably power consumption, but who the hell cares about that?
 

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Intel on baord video is pathetic. The nvidia and ATI/AMD on board are a little better. Someone (Toms?) actually compared one on board video to stand alone cards but usually no one bothers because it's too embarassing to the on baord stuff.

The 6600GT was a classic card and worth installing. I use an ancient voodoo 4500 in a system that has on board because it blows the socks off the on board.
 

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That's what I thought. I like being right. Bad part now is that I opened the case and ... it's a true business class system. No PCIE port, so I'm stuck with on board. Luckily for me ... WoW still runs A-Ok.

Thanks for all the help!
 

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I thought the 6600GT was AGP? Do you not have any expansion ports except standard PCI?
 

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The 6600 GT came in PCI-e and AGP.

A plain old PCI card won't run much better than the onboard. The memory interface is way too slow.
 

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Wow am I showing my age - I thought PCI came in with the 7 series lol.
 

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