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Upgrade graphics; Dell Inspiron 15 7548 i7; Intel HD Graphics 5500; AMD Radeon R7 M270

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November 1, 2017 4:43:22 AM

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 7548 i7 with Intel HD Graphics 5500 and AMD Radeon R7 M270 Graphics.

This machine is used for my Design Consultancy, I don't require gaming speeds. Neither do I actually work with Solidworks to create drawings. But I do receive them and need to conduct quick reviews and annotate with feedback.
I'm currently finding my current set up a little jerky and slow to respond.
It works acceptably well with Sketchup; Photoshop, but also struggles with high res Acrobat documents with multiple layers.
Any advice welcome. Maybe a good better best recommendation would help as I really don't know what to expect in terms of budget. If either are a soldered device I'll leave it, but if it is something that can be swapped out, that info would also be helpful.

I've read some of the forum content on graphics cards. But I.T. is the dark arts to be quite honest. I'm not a complete technophobe, but really don't know where to start with the following...

I'd like to improve the speed when working with Solidworks files. Any ideas if this is possible?

Cheers

Mark


System details as best as I can work out...

Dell Inspiron 15 7548 i7

Intel HD Graphics 5500
Location Information; PCI bus 0, device 2, function 0
Driver Version 20.19.15.4531
Rank of Driver 00D10001 (is this helpful?)

AMD Radeon R7 M270
Location Information; PCI bus 8, device 0, function 0
Driver Version 15.201.1101.0
Rank of Driver 00D10000


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November 1, 2017 4:51:06 AM

I would ask you to run SPECCY application it will give you in depth details on the very first page on your hardware.

I am curious about your Ram on your machine, if you do a lot of large graphics (view or not) that sucks a lot of ram, and if you only have 4MB for example
it would be the very first easy thing I would change.

As for changing your video card, since your system is a laptop, this is not a possibility.



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November 2, 2017 12:41:52 AM

16Gb Ram
64 bit system

Will run Speccy later on when I have a little more time (dashing out just now)

Thanks for the quick response though
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November 6, 2017 7:30:33 AM

20330505,0,2340645 said:
I would ask you to run SPECCY application it will give you in depth details on the very first page on your hardware.

I am curious about your Ram on your machine, if you do a lot of large graphics (view or not) that sucks a lot of ram, and if you only have 4MB for example
it would be the very first easy thing I would change.

As for changing your video card, since your system is a laptop, this is not a possibility.


Speccy output;

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 5500U @ 2.40GHz 42 °C
Broadwell-U 14nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0AM6R0 (SOCKET 0) 27 °C
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (3840x2160@60Hz)
S271HL (1920x1080@59Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Dell)
4096MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 M270 (Dell) 511 °C
CrossFire Disabled
Storage
238GB LITEONIT LCS-256L9S-11 2.5 7mm 256GB (SSD)
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

CPU
Intel Core i7 5500U
Cores 2
Threads 4
Name Intel Core i7 5500U
Code Name Broadwell-U
Package Socket 1168 BGA
Technology 14nm
Specification Intel Core i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model D
Extended Model 3D
Stepping 4
Revision E0/F0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Intel 64, NX, VMX, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3
Virtualization Supported, Enabled
Hyperthreading Supported, Enabled
Stock Core Speed 2400 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 100 MHz
Average Temperature 42 °C
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 2 x 256 KBytes
L3 Unified Cache Size 4096 KBytes
Cores
Core Speed Multiplier Bus Speed Temperature Threads
Core 0 798.4 MHz x 8.0 99.8 MHz 41 °C APIC ID: 0, 1
Core 1 798.4 MHz x 8.0 99.8 MHz 42 °C APIC ID: 2, 3

RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 2
Used memory slots 2
Free memory slots 0
Memory
Type DDR3
Size 16384 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 798.1 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 11 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 11 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 28 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 1T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 33 %
Total Physical 16 GB
Available Physical 11 GB
Total Virtual 18 GB
Available Virtual 12 GB
SPD
Number Of SPD Modules 2
Slot #1
Slot #2

Motherboard
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 0AM6R0 (SOCKET 0)
Version A00
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Broadwell-U
Chipset Revision 09
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model Broadwell-U PCH L-P
Southbridge Revision 03
System Temperature 27 °C
BIOS
Brand Dell Inc.
Version A05
Date 20/07/2015
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage In Use
Data lanes x16
Slot Designation J6B2
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage In Use
Data lanes x1
Slot Designation J6B1
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 1

Graphics
Monitor 1
Name Generic PnP Monitor on Intel HD Graphics 5500
Current Resolution 1536x864 pixels
Work Resolution 1536x834 pixels
State Enabled
Multiple displays Extended, Primary, Enabled
Monitor Width 3840
Monitor Height 2160
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
Monitor 2
Name S271HL on Intel HD Graphics 5500
Current Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Work Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
State Enabled
Multiple displays Extended, Secondary, Enabled
Monitor Width 1920
Monitor Height 1080
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 59 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY2\Monitor0
Intel HD Graphics 5500
Manufacturer Intel
Model HD Graphics 5500
Device ID 8086-1616
Revision A
Subvendor Dell (1028)
Current Performance Level Level 0
Current GPU Clock 948 MHz
Driver version 20.19.15.4531
Count of performance levels : 1
Level 1 - "Perf Level 0"
GPU Clock 948 MHz
ATI AMD Radeon R7 M270
Manufacturer ATI
Model AMD Radeon R7 M270
Device ID 1002-6604
Subvendor Dell (1028)
GPU Clock 300.0 (825.0) MHz
Temperature 511 °C
Driver version 15.201.1101.0
Memory Type DDR3
Memory 4096 MB
Bandwidth 28.8 GB/s


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November 8, 2017 3:16:56 AM

well since your running a laptop, the choices are close to none to do anything about it except get a new laptop.

The R7 M270 is a weak card, The performance of the Radeon R7 M270 is similar to the Nvidia GeForce 830M and GeForce GT 740M. Ref: https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-R7-M270.139590...

And since your running a laptop, upgrading it would be most difficult and costly compared to a new laptop, not to mention that the best, if even possible upgrade to said graphic card, would still be a poor upgrade. Sorry

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November 8, 2017 4:43:27 AM

The Paladin said:
well since your running a laptop, the choices are close to none to do anything about it except get a new laptop.

The R7 M270 is a weak card, The performance of the Radeon R7 M270 is similar to the Nvidia GeForce 830M and GeForce GT 740M. Ref: https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-R7-M270.139590...

And since your running a laptop, upgrading it would be most difficult and costly compared to a new laptop, not to mention that the best, if even possible upgrade to said graphic card, would still be a poor upgrade. Sorry



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