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 (midrange 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 
 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 620AMD Radeon™ HD 7570NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640AMD Radeon HD 7770NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 
Availability by modelVostro™ 470
270
270s
Vostro™ 470
270
Vostro™ 470
270
Vostro™ 470 Vostro™ 470 
Discrete memory1GB DDR3 1GB GDDR51GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 1.5GB GDDR5 
Maximum resolution1920 x 1200 HDMI™
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2048 x 1536 VGA
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2560 x 1600 DVI 
2560 x 1600 DP
1920 x 1080 HDMI
2560 x 1600 DVI 
2048 x 1536 analog
1920 x 1080  HDMI
2560 x 1600  DVI 
Blu-ray Disc™ capability yes yes yes yesyes 
Multimonitor support yes yes yes yes yes
Included adaptors 1 x DVI to VGA ( 270s only) 1 x DVI to VGA 1 x DVI to VGA 1 x DVI to VGADVI-VGA