it might run OK. i have been enjoying both gta IV/EFLC with onboard 6550d (5570/5470/5670 but with 64-bit bus). but i am not interested in paying oodles for intel processor and motherboard to find out.
GPU Performance: Between a Radeon HD 6450 & 5570 I grabbed some of our most recent GPU testbed data for the Radeon HD 6450 and the Radeon HD 5570, the latter of which is architecturally most similar to the Sumo GPU in the A8-3850. If you're wondering how much sharing memory bandwidth between the GPU and four CPU cores impacts performance, it's pretty significant. The HD 6450 only has 160 cores compared to 400 on the 6550D, while the 5570 has 400 cores running at 750MHz.
Note that these scores are taken with DDR3-1333, however if we push the memory bus all the way to its limit on desktop (DDR3-1866) you end up with performance that's somewhere between a 6450 and a 5570. AMD's branding makes sense in this case (6550D).
and it's fast enough to play GTA IV (after one memrestrict commandline and patch 7), i know because i am doing it everyday, which lends to my personal theory that gta IV doesn't care how fast the cores are, it just cares that there are cores, and that there are enough shaders to render the details at whatever graphics settings chosen.
The way I see it, Intel's doing things right. What do you want more in a CPU? A better CPU, or a better GPU? Who shops for a CPU for it's GPU capabilities? Intel's HD graphics are "good enough" for those that don't care about hardcore gaming thus can make the CPU that costs "oodles" more appealing. Then, those who want a decent GPU will likely want the best CPU they can get anyway so they are willing to spend "oodles" for the CPU as well as another "oodles" for the GPU. Intel also has cheaper CPUs that are appealing that also have the HD graphics.
If AMD made better processors, Intel would have to drop their prices. There, I said it, AMD is sucking more and more while Intel keeps jacking up their sh*t. Mobo manufacturers are only picking up on this trend, making as much money out if it as they can.
We need a healthy competition on the marked but are getting shafted instead.
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