Topic Title: AMD A10-4600m, GPU, RAM
Topic Summary: I have some questions.
Created On: 01/03/2014 05:19 AM
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 01/03/2014 05:19 AM
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Poopsie
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Hey there, I'm new here and I just got myself an HP envy dv7 7227cl. I have 8GB of 1600 ram with the (a10-4600m)radeon 7660g GPU. I've noticed that it only uses about 512MB of ram. I was wondering if increasing my ram to 16GB would make any noticeable difference in gaming performance? I can't necessarily upgrade my speed, and maybe I'm missing something in terms of abusing the power of this GPU. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've also overclocked it to 1300mhz...it is noticeable. 

I just feel like it can do better.

 01/03/2014 08:36 AM
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The 512MB for the GPU will change when you increase the amount of RAM from 8 to 16 GB. The max you get is about 3.9 GB for the GPU.

You can tweak performance in terms of overdrive but that is about all I will say on that subject.

You can force somethings by changing your power options from Balanced to Performance but heat is not your friend.

Once you have done anything to boost performance check the temps with either Core Temp or HWMonitor to ensure proper operating temp is maintained.

 



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 01/03/2014 09:03 PM
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Thank you so much for this info.  I also got myself a nice laptop cooler, so heat (I hope) shouldn't be an issue.  I will likely return here when I get more ram...which will be expensive. Thank you again for your help. I searched high and low to figure out what this "4GB" that people were implying was all about. I'm assuming this applies to all APUs?

 01/04/2014 03:01 AM
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I highly doubt if increasing your system RAM will have any effect at all on how much the graphics unit of the APU will use, especially since you already have 8 gigs. The laptop APU's are set to always use 512mb with the possibility of using up to 3Gb. As far as I can tell, that additional memory will only be used for texture caching and only if a game has settings to change the cache amount. If you only had 4GB or less of RAM you might improve graphics performance by adding more but when you already have 8, I doubt it.

With your APU, you should be able to play most everything at medium or low settings. In some games you might be able to bump it to high. Look up the graphics chip at notebookcheck.net.



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Edited: 01/04/2014 at 03:09 AM by Dch48
 01/04/2014 03:18 AM
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APU graphic memory allocation has improved since Llano like yours and Trinity APU.



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 01/05/2014 12:24 AM
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I'm inclinded to agree with you mudrock, upgrading to 16GB couldn't hurt anyway. I mostly play Tribes Ascend. I get about 50fps on lowest settings with it overclocked (native resolution). It is important to have at least 60+ when it comes to that game...Although I must say it is playable. I do prefer less hiccuping. I normally just check benchmarks on cpubenchmark.net.  I've done quite a bit of research already, dhc48. Comparisons and the like.
I really would like to believe that the 16GB will increase performance, but like I said earlier it's worth the risk. Funny thing is, it is really similar to the a8-4500m and the 7640g. Similar results in gameplay, etc. I didn't notice much of an improvement.  I can also probably squeeze some more frames if I mess with the tribes.ini. Although the CPU performance in the a10 is much better than the a8. I had an asus k55n previous to my hp dv7. The hp has a great build quality, nice black aluminum, beats audio, hd webcam. Gotta love it, got it for a steal too. 369 bucks. The envy like the asus plays every game i throw at it. I'm just looking for better performance...definitely not complaining that it actually plays the games I play. I'm very happy about that.

 

EDIT: I was actually getting 30-40fps and under in tribes online at 1600x900, low settings. I changed the ini and tried it at 1280x720 and got 60+ frames. Looks a lot worse but for now it works until I can try more ram.



Edited: 01/05/2014 at 04:30 PM by Poopsie
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