09-28-2015 01:46 AM
I intend to buy a new laptop - primary use is MS Office, watching movies / live webstreams and browsing. However, I do use it for video editing occasionally using a software called "Pinnacle Studio MovieBox". This software has a reqmnt for "direct x 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 128 MB"
Currently I have HP G42-478TX, which works great.
As I look to buy a new laptop, if I go for an i3/i5 intel core processor (windows 8/10) laptop with Integrated graphics card (NO dedicated graphics card), will it be sufficient to run the above software? Or will I need a dedicated NVIDIA type graphics card ?
09-28-2015 04:35 AM - edited 09-28-2015 04:39 AM
Hi and welcome, arhagar
Even outdated (a bit) laptop with CPU and integrated graphics chip Intel HD 4000 supports DirectX 11. Of course, the memory is shared, its size is more then 128 MB.
So, purchase almost any IvyBridge based on or later laptop, integrated graphics chip might be enough for the basic video editing tasks. It'd be good to choose models with dual channel memory support, 12...16 GB and even more memory installed, depending on the video file size. Also SSD is a must have drive, IMO, so, input/output operations will be not a bottleneck.
Definitely, dedicated graphics chip might increase video editing performance.
To compare different mobile graphics chips take a look at this benchmark list, for example. Do you need significant graphics performance for the video editing tasks only, not for the hi-res video demonstration or gaming? That'd be an answer.
Do it well, worse becomes itself
09-28-2015 08:02 AM