Help Me Choose: Video Cards

Whether you're watching DVDs, web surfing or playing games on your laptop, the quality of your experience is directly attributable to the characteristics of your video card. Along with the computer display itself, the video card determines image clarity, color brilliance and accuracy of motion that you experience on screen.  
There are two different types of graphics solutions for your system:

  1. Integrated video card
  2. Discrete video card

The integrated video card that comes standard with your laptop will use your system's memory* to run graphic activities. This graphics solution enables you to get the most out of your laptop battery life while still delivering robust graphics performance. However, highly demanding games or video-intensive applications may require a little extra muscle. For those who want even faster video compilation, more realistic action in games and video with absolutely stunning clarity, a discrete video card upgrade can be the way to go.

Discrete video cards provide even stronger video performance than integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing subsystem. Discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) include onboard dedicated memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Onboard dedicated graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance and make gaming, movies and other entertainment more realistic. There's less pixelation in action scenes, the scenery elements can appear more lifelike, and your laptop can transcode video or music between formats more quickly.