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View Poll Results: Should I get an integrated or discrete graphics card?
Integrated GPU is just fine for your usage and needs 7 70.00%
Discrete GPU will be noticeably better for your usage and needs 3 30.00%
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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In about three months from now, I will plan to purchase a new laptop computer. What I want to know is this: How much would I benefit from having an discrete GPU / video card rather than an integrated CPU video processor?

I virtually never play PC games at all and never do any artistic or 3D graphic type of work. However, I do like to use Google 3D Maps often and it's so annoying now that there's severe lag in the time it takes to render the 3D maps. But I'm not sure if it's just because my current laptop is five years old (HP Pavilion dm4-2180us with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 video processor). I also sometimes watch HD videos.

So, what is your advice regarding integrated vs. discrete graphics in a laptop and how much would a discrete card benefit me? Would it even be noticeable?

Thanks
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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no GPU needed IF you get a decent quad core. If you don't game at high frame rates, GPU is an extra unnecessary expense.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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In about three months from now, I will plan to purchase a new laptop computer. What I want to know is this: How much would I benefit from having an discrete GPU / video card rather than an integrated CPU video processor?

I virtually never play PC games at all and never do any artistic or 3D graphic type of work. However, I do like to use Google 3D Maps often and it's so annoying now that there's severe lag in the time it takes to render the 3D maps. But I'm not sure if it's just because my current laptop is five years old (HP Pavilion dm4-2180us with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 video processor). I also sometimes watch HD videos.

So, what is your advice regarding integrated vs. discrete graphics in a laptop and how much would a discrete card benefit me? Would it even be noticeable?

Thanks
The odds are your lag times/delays don't have anything to do with your graphics processor or lack of a video card. It's probably more an issue with the speed of your machine and/or the speed of your internet connection.

That said - I got a middle of the road graphics card in my new computer. It wasn't an expensive upgrade (about $50). Although the performance specs on the graphics card were only a little bit better than the specs on my processor - I bought a 24" monitor - and thought it wouldn't hurt to get a little extra "oomph" for the larger monitor.

In terms of your time frame for buying - note that there are lots of "back to school" sales now. And - in about 3 months - we'll be getting into Christmas sales. I would definitely try to buy during one of these sales time frames. Robyn
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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If I can butt in on this: I do OCR processing, sometimes five hundred pages of documents loaded at one swing. Would a GPU be useful there, or should I just wait for the process to get done while I'm drinking coffee?
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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use of dedicated GPU depends on the program. Photoshop uses most, but not all. Many video editing programs use GPU for rendering. Interestingly, in the past there have been a few programs that used the onboard Intel GPU AND the one on the GPU.

So it is possible that some OCR programs can use GPU, see this paper: http://www.cs.uky.edu/~raphael/grad/...t/reed-ocr.pdf

Seems there are no commercial products though.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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If you don't play games, or do 3d cad/animation work, then there is absolutely no reason to get a dedicated gpu.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:10 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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use of dedicated GPU depends on the program. Photoshop uses most, but not all. Many video editing programs use GPU for rendering. Interestingly, in the past there have been a few programs that used the onboard Intel GPU AND the one on the GPU.

So it is possible that some OCR programs can use GPU, see this paper: http://www.cs.uky.edu/~raphael/grad/...t/reed-ocr.pdf

Seems there are no commercial products though.
I'll have to contact ABBYY and see if they recommend using a GPU.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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please let us know what you find on OCR. I looked and only found university research projects, but heck, I'm no expert in the area.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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please let us know what you find on OCR. I looked and only found university research projects, but heck, I'm no expert in the area.
I have SOS in to ABBYY.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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so SOS is a new term for GPU acceleration? It no longer means Software as a Service?
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