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 mid-range 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 625
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GT 645
AMD Radeon™
HD8490
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GT 740M
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GT 820M
 
Availability by modelVostro Desktop 3000 Series-3900
3901, 3902, 3800
Vostro Desktop 3000 Series-Vostro 3900,3902Vostro Desktop 3000 Series-3900 3901, 3902, 3800
Vostro AIO -3010 AIO
Vostro 5470
Vostro 14 3000 Series – 3446, 3449 
Discrete memory1GB DDR31GB DDR5 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3L2GB DDR3L 
Maximum resolution2560x1600
2048x1536 VGA
4096x2160
2048x1536 VGA
2560x1600 DP/DVI
1920x1200 HDMI
2048x1536 VGA
1366x768 HDMI 
 Blu-ray Disc™ capability yes yes yes yes 
 Multimonitor support yes yes yes  
 Included adaptorsDVI-I, HDMI, VGADual Link DVI-D, HDMI, VGA DP, HDMI, DVI, VGAHDMI