Help Me Choose: Video Cards

Whether you’re gaming, watching DVDs or editing video on your Alienware™ laptop, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the computer monitor itself, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall gaming graphics.

How Video Cards Work
Discrete video cards can provide better performance as compared to integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing unit (GPU). Because of their onboard GPU, discrete video cards don’t have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance, store textures using game graphics, and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. High-performance graphics cards require a significant amount of graphics memory.

How to Get the Highest Performance
In Alienware PCs, two or more video cards can be linked together to boost total gaming performance. NVIDIA® video cards use a technology called Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) to enable two or more cards to work together when processing graphics data. Naturally, having two video cards working together to render graphics increases the available frame rate and provides more depth and detail. With the added horsepower of dual graphics cards, you can use higher resolution displays and enjoy high-definition (HD) gaming without sacrificing graphics performance.

 Available on:

Alienware 13 

 Alienware 15

 Alienware 17

 Graphics Option

 NVIDIA
GeForce
 GT 860M

NVIDIA
GeForce
GTX960M
 

NVIDIA
GeForce
GTX 965M

NVIDIA
GeForce
GTX 970M

AMD Radeon™
R9 M295X

NVIDIA
GeForce
GTX 980M

 NVIDIA®
GeForce®
GTX 970M

NVIDIA®
GeForce®
 GTX 980M 

Dedicated Graphics Memory

2GB

2 GB

 2GB

 3GB

 4GB

4GB 

 3GB

 4GB

NVIDIA CUDA™ Cores

640

640

 1024

 1280

 NA

1536 

 1280

 1536

Graphics Clock (MHz)

797 + Boost

1049+Boost

 944 + Boost

924 + Boost

850Mhz (Up to
900Mhz with Boost)

1038 + Boost

 924 + Boost

 1038 + Boost

Memory Clock (MH)

 2500

2500

 2500

 2500

 1362

2500

 2500

 2500

Standard Memory Configuration

 GDDR5

GDDR5

 GDDR5

 GDDR5

 GDDR5

GDDR5

 GDDR5

 GDDR5

Memory Interface Width

 128 bit

128 bit 

 128 bit

 192 bit

 256 bit

256 bit

 192 bit

 256 bit

Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

 80

80

 80

 120

 153.6

160

 120

 160

AMD Mantle API

 NO

NO

 NO

 NO

 YES

 NO

 NO

 NO

AMD Enduro™ Technology

 NO

NO

 NO

NO 

 YES

 NO

 NO

 NO

NVIDIA® Optimus™ Support

 YES

YES

 YES

YES

NO 

 YES

 YES

 YES

NVIDIA FXAA Support

YES

YES

 YES

YES

 NO

 YES

 YES

 YES

NVIDIA TXAA Support

YES

YES

 YES

YES

 NO

 YES

 YES

 YES

NVIDIA PhysX® capable

 YES

YES

 YES

YES

 NO

 YES

 YES

 YES

NVIDIA 3D Vision™/3DTV Play™ support

 YES

YES

 YES

YES

 NO

 YES

 YES

 YES

AMD HD3D Technology

 NO

NO

 NO

NO

YES

 YES

 NO

 NO

Blu-ray 3D support

 YES

YES

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

DirectX 11 support

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES 

 YES       11.2

 YES

 YES

 YES

OpenGL 4.4
support

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES 

 YES       4.3

 YES

 YES

 YES

7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

PCI Express 2.0 support

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

PCI Express 3.0 support

 YES

YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES

 YES