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Old 27th November, 2007, 03:14 PM
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increasing ram in a laptop.... good for gaming?

hp dv9517tx

this is the laptop a friend of mine has
it has an 8600mgs card
with 256 dedicated memory and what they call 1024 video ram (i take it thats turbo cache or something similar"
it has 2GB ram
he plays GRAW2 at 1024x768
higher resolutions are too choppy
would increasing the ram to 4GB help at all?
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Old 27th November, 2007, 07:28 PM
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Not unless he's running a 64-bit Operating System.
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Old 27th November, 2007, 10:26 PM
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thank you for the welcome

and if he does use the 64-bit OS? or just specifically, is his frame rate curtailed by the video card or the ram? and could someone elaborate on this 1024MB of video ram that they're marketing
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The 256 MB of dedicate video memory is just that; 256 MB of memory on the video adapter. You can allocated additional 'shared' video memory, but it comes from your main memory space and is slower. Plus, I'd suspect that it probably slows your system performance a bit as well when you use it.

His frame rate is going to be more affected by the video card and/or cpu (depending on the game) than anything else. The amount of RAM installed will affect load times, and how much information can be cached, but that's all, AFAIK.

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