Help Me Choose: Graphics

 

"Graphics" refers to how your PC handles data that is translated (or rendered) into the images that appear on your display. Everything you see on your display requires some amount of graphics processing. Therefore, every Dell system starts with some amount of native graphics capability.

Integrated graphics means the system uses the main CPU and system memory — along with specialized graphics built in to the CPU motherboard — to handle graphics.

A graphics card is add-on hardware dedicated to rendering graphics. The key component of a graphics card is a graphics processing unit or GPU. Instead of relying on the system processor to render graphics, the graphics card offloads that work to the GPU. A graphics card will also have additional memory dedicated solely to the GPU.

Typically, a system with a dedicated graphics card can render images faster and with greater detail and nuance than a comparable system with integrated graphics. A system with a dedicated graphics card can also typically deliver better all-around performance, because less of the CPU and system memory may be required to handle graphics.

Consider your present and future business needs when configuring your system’s graphics. A dedicated graphics card adds capabilities that can help "future-proof" your system.

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

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Fast and excellent graphics rendering that can minimize drain on system memory or CPU performanceA dedicated graphics card
Good all-around graphics performanceIntegrated graphics
  Intel® GMA 3150Intel GMA 3000

NVIDIA® NVS 4200M

Availability by Model2120E6520/E6420/E6420 ATG/E6420 XFR/E6320/E6220/XT3/E5520/E5420E6520/E6420/E6420 ATG/E6420 XFR
Graphics MemorySignificant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factorsSignificant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors512MB dedicated DDR3
Memory InterfaceN/AN/A64 Bit
Clock Speeds600MHz Core1.3GHz Core810MHz Core
Display Outputs

VGA

Single-link DVI requires optional E-Port or E-Port Plus

VGA/HDMI

Single-link DVI and DisplayPort requires optional E-Port or E-Port Plus

VGA/HDMI

Single-link DVI and DisplayPort requires optional E-Port or E-Port Plus