Help Me Choose: Video Card

 
Much of what you will do with your Vostro™ system, including using the internet and making presentations, involves intense graphics. The quality of images you see is largely dependent on the combination of your graphics solution and your monitor. Your graphics solution transforms video data into the visual display you see on your monitor. It plugs into your computer’s motherboard and is responsible for decoding and processing the video signal.
Graphics Solution Types

Discrete Graphics (Mid-range to High-end Solution)
Discrete graphics utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) that is separate (or discrete) from the system’s processor and also use a separate graphics memory. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, overall system performance is likely to be significantly better with discrete graphics when running applications that use complex images.

Integrated or UMA Graphics (Basic Solution)

Integrated graphics solutions are among the most common type of graphics solutions found. An integrated graphics solution shares resources with the system’s processor (CPU) and memory to display information onto the screen. While integrated graphics are capable of processing some 3D images, the shared resources can sometimes prevent them from delivering an optimal experience.

 
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want ... Choose ... 
A graphics solution designed for basic internet, email, word processing and light graphics applicationsA basic integrated graphics solution
A graphics solution designed for presentations, PowerPoint®, spreadsheets and rich mediaA midrange discrete graphics solution
A graphics solution designed for advanced photo and video editing, graphic design and financial modelingA high-end discrete graphics solution

 
 
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media AcceleratorIntegrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 1GB ATI Radeon™ HD 5450 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5670 1024MB
NVIDIA® Geforce® GT 220
1024MB
NVIDIA Geforce GTS 240
                
512MB
NVIDIA Geforce
G 310
           
1024MB
 NVIDIA Geforce
GT 420 
                      
1024MB
NVIDIA Geforce
GTX 460
                      
Availability by model 230, 230s, 330460 460  460230, 430430230, 230S, 430460460
Discrete Memory 1024MB DDR3 1024MB DDR31024MB DDR31024MB DDR3512MB DDR2
Maximum Resolution 

 


2560 x 1600 DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI™
2048 x 1536VGA 
 2560 x 1600 DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2048 x 1536VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI 
1920 x 1200 HDMI
1920 x 1200 VGA (Dongle)
                                     
2560 x 1600 DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2048 x 1536 VGA
                                   
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA 
                                
Blu-ray Disc™ Capability YesYes YesYes YesYesYesYesYes
Multi-monitor SupportNoYesYes Yes YesYesYesYesYes
Native adaptorsDVI, HDMI, VGA  DVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGA2DVI, 1 S-VideoDVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGA2 DVI
Mini HDMI 
Included adaptors     1DVI-VGADongle 1DVI-VGA