Help Me Choose: Graphics Card

A graphics card is add-on internal hardware dedicated solely to helping the workstation render graphics. After the processor, the graphics card is probably the hardware component that has the most impact on mobile workstation performance.

Unlike laptops designed for typical business use, Dell Precision™ mobile workstations come standard with discrete graphics cards that support professional 2D and 3D OpenGL® and DirectX® graphics. They also meet or exceed the minimum graphics requirements for most leading workstation-class applications.

Be sure to check the minimum and recommended graphics card requirements for the workstation application or applications that will be run on this workstation.
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

Workstation usagePrimary focusRecommended cards
EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
 Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Media and Entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Game DevelopmentFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Broadcast and Post ProductionFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Professional Audio ProductionFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Exploration and ScientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K5100M
Geographic Information SystemsFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Medical Imaging and AnalysisFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Visual SimulationFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
TestingFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Economic and Financial ModelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp)FirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Trading StationFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Software DevelopmentIntel® Parallel studio or Intel CompilerFirePro M5100 / M4100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux)FirePro M5100 / M4100

Quadro K2100M / K3100M

NVIDIA® Quadro® K5100MNVIDIA® Quadro® K5000M NVIDIA Quadro K4100M NVIDIA Quadro K4000M NVIDIA Quadro K3100M NVIDIA Quadro K3000MAMD FirePro M6100 Mobility Pro AMD FirePro™ M6000 GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro K2100M NVIDIA Quadro K2000M NVIDIA Quadro K1100M NVIDIA Quadro K1000M AMD FirePro M5100 AMD FirePro M4000 
Availability by ModelM6800M6700 M6800 M6700 M6800 M6700 M6800 M6700 M4800 M4700 M4800 M4700 M4800 M4700 
Graphics Memory*8GB GDDR5 Dedicated 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated  2GB GDDR5 Dedicated2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR3 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR3 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 1GB GDDR5 Dedicated 
Memory Interface256-bit 256-bit256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 
Clock Speed in MHz   725 core
1125 memory 
750 Core
1125 Memory 
  670 Core
1000 Memory 
600 Core
1125 Memory 
Compute Cores1356  13441152  960768 576 640  640576 384384 192384  192
Est. Max Power Consumption100 watts  100 watts100 watts  100 watts80 watts  75 watts100 watts 60 watts 55 watts  55 watts45 watts  45 watts45 watts  45 watts
AMD Eyefinity technology
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AMD Eyefinity technology enables you to run up to five simultaneous displays with a single graphics card. By expanding your field of view across multiple high-resolution monitors, you can see more detail than ever, helping to increase your workflow productivity. You can manage multitasking more efficiently and view more data, applications and images at once.
In order to connect more than two displays, additional adapters or dongles may be required depending on the specific connectivity options available on your monitors.
Connectivity requirements:
  • A maximum of 2 legacy monitors (VGA, DVI or HDMI™) can be enabled simultaneously, provided that each monitor is connected either directly or via a “passive” DisplayPort™ adapter/dongle. “Passive” adapters/dongles will NOT support more than 2 legacy monitors.
  • To enable support for more than 2 monitors, “active” DisplayPort™ adapters/dongles are required (or monitors with direct DisplayPort™ connectivity must be used).
  • Approved “active” adapters have no general connectivity restrictions with AMD Eyefinity technology.

See the AMD Eyefinity site for more information: