Are the AMD "shared memory" video cards any better than Intel?
For gamers, the phrase "shared video memory" has ALWAYS been a curse word. But now that AMD owns ATi and some motherboards are coming with what would normally considered at least something like the Radeon 4650 HD, or in some cases (like today's SELLOUT item http://sellout.woot.com/sale/21751), it sets up almost 3 GB of the 6 GB of RAM for graphics support.
How do these things perform? Is it like the good ol' days of "Intel Extreme Graphics" where no matter HOW MUCH memory you dedicated to video, the performance was always crappy? I always figured that was because Intel wasn't exactly a 'graphics card' company. But I'm also assuming that my motherboard in one of these won't have a dedicated GPU, so - again - no matter how much memory is dedicated to video, I'd be better of buying a Radeon 4650 HD for $75 (or less).
I don't do a TON of PC gaming, but I do like to occasionally play something like Gears of War for Windows. Would the onboard video suffice?