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    Question Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    Hi to all Photoshop experts in CS,

    Thinking of getting my PC. part of objective is view/edit photo...

    But not sure which is better? Or hardly not much different?

    PLease advise...
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    Default Re: Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    Quote Originally Posted by eagletay View Post
    Hi to all Photoshop experts in CS,

    Thinking of getting my PC. part of objective is view/edit photo...

    But not sure which is better? Or hardly not much different?

    PLease advise...

    Are serious about your PS work? If so, get a Matrox and connect dual heads. (I am a professional photographer who need to work on Photoshop occasionally when my DI guys go on leave. I use Matrox cards in both my G5s.)

    If not, stick with a normal external video card will do. You don't need a superfast GPU. Just something within your budget. You can't go wrong with either NVIDIA or ATI.
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    Default Re: Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    That goes without saying; external video card.
    For stability, speed and configurable.

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    Default Re: Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    External Card.

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    it always the external video card better. Unless the onboard one has a delicated video rams instead of sharing the main rams~!

    Usual config would be to share the main ram with the video subsystem. so if you have say 1GB of ram in your system, maybe 8-128MB will be allocated to the video subsystem. Therefore giving you lesser ram sapce to use. In application like PS, where ram is of crucial, it better to get an ext gfx card, no matter how low end the card may be.

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    Default Re: Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    Hi CSers,
    Thank for yout reply. though me not 'serious', I will get a external card (NVIDIA or ATI) especially on the concern of Ram distribution on the on board Video...

    Thanks again.
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    Default Re: Which is better? Onboard Video or external Video Card?

    if you are not into gaming, just get a cheaper graphics card with dedicated video memory will do (note: read the fineprint though and make sure it has dedicated memory and not "hypermemory" or "turbocache" only)...if possible, and if you use an LCD that can accept DVI input, get a card with DVI output cause the image will be much sharper compared to d-sub (the traditional connector commonly called rgb connector)...

    if you use the rgb connector, try to get a Matrox or ATi card for better colour...if not any brand will do...

    no point getting the most expensive cards for photoshop...they will not contribute to photoshop speed...

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