2013

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Ask the Doctor

The doctor tackles Discrete vs. Haswell IG, PhysX Cards, Upgrading Laptop Screens, and more

If your friends can't see you on Steam, make sure you're not set to appear offline.New Integrated vs. Old Discrete

I’m an AMD guy who opened his wallet to purchase a Haswell Core i7-4770K to run on an Asus Z87 Deluxe mother-board. I’m not a big gamer and can’t justify yet more money for the latest graphics. Just how fast is the Haswell integrated GPU and how does it rank relative to my current Sapphire 5850 1GB? I also have a second Sapphire 5850 in another system that I could rob for CrossFire. Would that be the best interim course, or should I use the Haswell graphics?

Note: This feature was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of the magazine.