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
 AMDNVIDIA®
EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD)FirePro W4170MQuadro K2100M
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)FirePro M6100Quadro K4100M
 Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)FirePro M5100Quadro K1100M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)FirePro M5100Quadro K2100M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM)FirePro M5100Quadro K2100M
Media and Entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingFirePro M6100Quadro K4100M
Game DevelopmentFirePro M6100Quadro K3100M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringFirePro M5100Quadro K2100M
Broadcast and Post ProductionFirePro M6100Quadro K3100M
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignFirePro M5100Quadro K1100M
Professional Audio ProductionFirePro W4170MQuadro K1100M
Exploration and ScientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)FirePro M6100Quadro K5100M
Geographic Information SystemsFirePro M5100Quadro K2100M
Medical Imaging and AnalysisFirePro M6100Quadro K4100M
Visual SimulationFirePro M6100Quadro K5100M
TestingFirePro M5100Quadro K1100M
Economic and Financial ModelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp)FirePro M6100Quadro K5100M
Trading StationFirePro M6100Quadro K3100M
Software DevelopmentIntel® Parallel studio or Intel CompilerFirePro W4170MQuadro K1100M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux)FirePro M5100

Quadro K1100M


AMD FirePro M6100 NVIDIA® Quadro® K5100MNVIDIA Quadro K4100M NVIDIA Quadro K3100M AMD FirePro
M5100
AMD FirePro W4170M NVIDIA Quadro K2100M NVIDIA Quadro K1100M 
Availability by ModelM6800M6800M6800 M6800 M4800 M2800 M4800 M3800
 M4800 
DirectX®12.0 11.0  11.011.0 12.0 12.011.0 11.0 
OpenGL 4.4    4.4 4.4  
OpenCL 1.2   1.2 1.2  
Graphics Memory*2GB GDDR5 Dedicated8GB GDDR5 Dedicated 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5
Dedicated
2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 
Memory Interface128-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit128-bit 128-bit 
Memory Bandwidth 88 GBps 115.2 GBps 102.4 GBps 102.4 GBps  72 GBps72 GBps48
 GBps
44.8
 GBps 
Quadro Compute
Cores / FirePro
Stream Processors
768 Stream processors 1536 cores 1152 cores768 cores  640 Stream processors384 Stream
processors
576 cores 384 cores
Est. Max Power Consumption100 watts 100 watts 100 watts 80 watts  45 watts35 Watts55 watts 45 watts 
Display Support VGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display Port VGA, HDMI, Display Port VGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display Port VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port DVI via Optional E-port  DVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-port DVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-port DVI via Optional E-port  DVI via Optional E-port
Max VGA Resolution2048x1536 1920X1200 1920X1200 1920X1200 2048x15361920X12001920X1200 1920X1200 
32bit color 32bit color 32bit color 32bit color 32bit color32bit color 32bit color  32bit color
Max Display Support 4096x21603840X2160 3840X2160 3840X2160 2560x16002560X16003840X2160 3840X2160 
32bit color  32bit color32bit color 32bit color  32bit color32bit color 32bit color 32bit color 
Max DVI Resolution (Requires optional dock2560x1600 1920x1200 1920x1200 1920x1200  1920x12001920x1200 1920x1200 1920x1200 
32bit color 32bit color  32bit color 32bit color 32bit color32bit color  32bit color32bit color 
2560x1600 via optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter 2560x1600 via optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter  2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter 2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter 2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter 2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter  2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
AMD Eyefinity technology
See more. Do more.
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: http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-dongles.aspx