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 Post subject: Lenovo Laptop: Intel Hd 4000 grpahics or NVS 5200/5400M
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:49 pm 
Willamette
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I'm going to be getting a new laptop for work (a Lenovo T430-series. I'm just wondering about the video card.

I can go with the Intel HD 4000 graphics, which is onboard as everyone knows --or--I can get the Nvidia NVS 5200 or 5400M (depending on which model specifically I get and how much I spend).

I've read mixed results on both, and have heard from many that the NVS isn't much better than the Intel option, but the NVS 5200 or 5400 is about a $100 option on some models.

I am learning 3DS Max, and it worked OK on my previous laptop (which had the HD 3000 graphics). It got a little choppy at times, but worked OK for what I'm doing (learning 3DS max for now). I've also heard--compared to HD3000, the HD 4000 graphics are supposed to be about 20% better (maybe more). But other than that, I don't really do any serious 3D stuff (no games).

Normally, I'd advocate a dedicated graphics system like the NVS 5xxx series, but am having a hard time deciding because of the cost and what I've read.

What is people's opinions on Nvidia NVS 5000M-series laptop video cards vs. the Intel HD 4000 integrated/CPU-based graphics.


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 Post subject: Re: Lenovo Laptop: Intel Hd 4000 grpahics or NVS 5200/5400M
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:10 am 
Smithfield
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Here's Notebookcheck's HD4000 review and they put the NVS 5200 a little above the GeForce GT 425M, which has slightly worse performance than HD 4000. So if I were to pull something out, I'd say they're about the same.

The NVS though is a professional graphics card, so I'd see if it has features you may find useful.


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 Post subject: Re: Lenovo Laptop: Intel Hd 4000 grpahics or NVS 5200/5400M
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:48 pm 
Willamette
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After going over the price with the salesman, it ended up only costing me $50 more for the Nvidia NVS 5400M graphics / HD 4000 hybrid setup which has both installed, so I took it. I guess at $50, even if it isn't any better than the standard HD 4000, it's not like it made a large difference. $50 is $50, but I've spent more than that on on less rational purchases in the past. My previous laptop had the HD 3000 graphics, and it wasn't all that great... didn't want to make that mistake again, but also didn't want to pay a large difference in price only to find that the performance boost was only marginal or slight.


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