Video card for logos?

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mike | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Mar 29 2017 10:39 PM

Just wondering...

Does having a good video card help Logos in any way?

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 1:13 AM

The few tests I have run have found that the recent integrated Intel graphics is more than powerful enough, and a separate graphics card offered little to no improvement. 

If you have a older integrated graphics, you would certainly notice a difference. 

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 5:24 AM

mike:
Does having a good video card help Logos in any way?

Yes, but probably not in the way you are thinking. To me, the biggest advantage of a dedicated video card is that it (usually) gives you the ability to connect multiple monitors to your computer at once, giving you much more screen real estate to work with. I don't think I could ever go back to a single-monitor setup.

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Anthony Sims | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 9:41 AM

I have the latest Nvidia 1080 Ti and I also use a laptop with just an intel video card...they practically run the same. 

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 3:42 PM

It probably won't matter unless you run a good monitor. I have a separate card in the computer I'm using this second, but the monitor is just a plain vanilla HP 20 inch. I am planning on getting something better and larger. A good monitor is more important than a video card. 

The one advantage of a card is that it takes the burden of graphics off the shoulders of the CPU's use of system memory. Tying up two GB of memory leaves less muscle for processing. It's something to consider.

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Brandyn Whittington | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 3:54 PM

mike:

Just wondering...

Does having a good video card help Logos in any way?

Most chip sets or cards nowadays will allow Logos to operate just fine, with varied mileage. Depending on dedicated memory and other factors, your performance can possibly change. Good rules of thumb regarding Logos working with your card/chip set can be found here.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 30 2017 10:17 PM

Brandyn Whittington:

Most chip sets or cards nowadays will allow Logos to operate just fine, with varied mileage. Depending on dedicated memory and other factors, your performance can possibly change. Good rules of thumb regarding Logos working with your card/chip set can be found here.

"People tend to think of Logos as text-based software and do not consider that to be visually demanding. In actuality, Logos uses a lot of graphics processing power to render multiple panels, floating windows, menus, visual filters, search filters, graphs, maps and even videos. Using a stronger video processor can make for big speed improvements."

So... Having a video card does help a lot? No?

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 31 2017 2:12 AM

mike:

Brandyn Whittington:

Most chip sets or cards nowadays will allow Logos to operate just fine, with varied mileage. Depending on dedicated memory and other factors, your performance can possibly change. Good rules of thumb regarding Logos working with your card/chip set can be found here.

"People tend to think of Logos as text-based software and do not consider that to be visually demanding. In actuality, Logos uses a lot of graphics processing power to render multiple panels, floating windows, menus, visual filters, search filters, graphs, maps and even videos. Using a stronger video processor can make for big speed improvements."

So... Having a video card does help a lot? No?

In my opinion, that advice is years old and out of date. Modern integrated GPU's are more than powerful enough. When that advice was written, integrated GPU's were in fact not powerful enough for Verbum. Nowadays they can throw everything Logos needs and much more.

I say this as someone who scoped out a laptop specifically so that it could run Verbum with a dedicated GPU. But, running tests, there was absolutely no noticeable performance difference between the integrated Intel graphics and the dedicated GPU. The only difference I could see between the two experiences was that, being a laptop, the GPU fan would turn on if I used the dedicated GPU, and it would use my battery faster! So, I set it to always use the integrated graphics. 

If I had to purchase again, I would try to find a laptop that didn't have a dedicated GPU, just for the reasons of having better battery life and so on. 

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 31 2017 6:04 AM

These days, the biggest hardware performance bottleneck for Logos/Verbum is disk. An SSD is almost a must for good performance, because so much of what Logos/Verbum does is reading from disk. Short of an SSD, a hybrid HD or fast (7200 RPM) HD would be #s 2 and 3 respectively.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 1 2017 6:31 PM

I wonder if anyone has tested an APU with GPU vs just an APU.

With processor count now including the GPU it could make a significant difference at least in theory.

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