Graphics cards for laptops...

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barcelonic29 | 23:19 Mon 08th Dec 2008 | Technology
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I am looking to buy a new laptop but need a half decent graphics card. The model I've chosen just has: "UMA Graphics" It doesn't say anything else.

The specs I need for the game i play:

OS: Windows XP or Vista
Processor: XP: 1.4GHz or Faster / Vista: 2.0GHz or Faster
Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core, AMD Athlon
Memory: XP: 512MB RAM / Vista: 1.0GB RAM
Hard Drive Space: 2GB
DVD-Drive: 4x Speed
Video Card: 128MB *Supported Chipsets (see below)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Directx: Version 9.0c (included)
LAN: TCP/IP compliant
Input: Keyboard, Mouse
*Supported Chipsets - Nvidia FX 5900 Ultra or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 or greater; Intel 82915G/82910GL or greater.
Earlier cards may only display 2D Match Viewer Mode and are not supported. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported.

The laptop I've selected:

Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5800
Processor speed (2 GHz, 800 MHz, 2MB Cache) The higher the number of Megahertz (MHZ) the faster the processor should be
Memory Size 4 GB MB
Memory Type DDR2
Hard Drive Capacity 160 GB The bigger the capacity the more you can store
Optical Drives DVD Super Multi Drive
Floppy Disk Drive NO Floppy disks are 3.5" square and store a small amount of data. CDs,DVDs and memory sticks are now usually used instead
Screen Size/Type 17" CrystalBrite
Graphics Card Type UMA To enable images to be displayed on your monitor
Graphics Memory Shared MB The higher the memory the better quality images you are display
TV-out YES Allowing you to plug your laptop into a TV to watch DVDs
Sound Type Dolby(R) Surround Sound To enable you to have sound from your computer which is great for games, movies and music
Modem Type 56k


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UMA just means it shares the main laptop memory and hasn't got it's own dedicated memory for the graphics.

The actual graphics card could still be anything so can't answer if it would meet the game specs or not. but if your at all interested in playing games you'd be better of looking for a lappy with dedicated graphics memory... but they cost more.

if you post the actual laptop make and model somebody may be able to let you know more about the actual card it has in it.
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Okay i've found out it is a Intel GMA X4500MHD

And I honestly don't ever play any games whatsoever except for Football Manager, which is the game whose specs i've put above. So I don't need a great card really just a decent one to do 3d match viewer on FM09
I would be very surprised if it didn't run it to be honest.

it's up to specs, but that doesn't mean there won't be some strange glitch. but I'd go for it.
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