Help Me Choose: Video card

Whether you’re editing video, creating presentations or streaming live meetings on your OptiPlex computer, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the monitor, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall graphics.

When choosing a video card, it is important to keep in mind what you want to use your PC for. If you want it to handle word processing, email and web browsing, then most likely an integrated video card will work for you.

However, if you want to: 

• Create presentations, spreadsheets and rich media
• Multitask and switch between intensive applications
• Edit high-definition (HD) videos and high-resolution photos
• Watch HD videos

Then you will want to spend the extra money to upgrade to a discrete video card or a dual discrete video card.

There are two types of video cards to choose from: discrete and integrated. With the discrete option, you can choose to add another card to use with multiple monitors. Read the descriptions below for more information on each.

  1. Discrete: a video card that is separate from the motherboard. This high-end video card utilizes a graphics processing unit (GPU) that is separate (or discrete) from the system’s processor, as well as dedicated graphics memory. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, the overall system performance is better with separate graphics when you run applications that use complex images.

     

  2. Dual Discrete: a graphics option that allows two discrete video cards to work together to use multiple monitors (MT chassis only) to help expand available desktop space. Dual discrete graphics configurations are available on OptiPlex 9020 (AMD HD8490) and OptiPlex 9010/7010 (AMD HD7470 only).

     

  3. Integrated: a video card that is built into (or integrated into) the mother board. An integrated card shares resources with the system’s central processing unit (CPU) and memory to display information on the screen. It can process 3D images, but since it shares resources with the system’s processor and memory, it usually delivers lower 3D performance than a discrete video card.

     

Use the table below to help you choose the video card that is right for you based on what you want to use your PC for.

Note: The OptiPlex you’re configuring may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want ...  Choose ... Such as ...
A graphics solution designed for advanced photo and video editing, graphic design and financial modelingA high-end discrete graphics solutionNVIDIA® GT645 (9020 MT 1 card)
NVIDIA® GT640 (9010 MT 1 card)
A graphics solution designed for presentations, spreadsheets and rich mediaA midrange discrete or integrated graphics solutionAMD Radeon™ HD 8570/HD 7570
A graphics solution designed for basic internet, email, word processing and light graphics applicationsIntegrated graphicsAMD Radeon HD 8490/HD 7470/Intel® HD 4600 integrated graphics

Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 4200

Integrated Intel®

GMA 4500

Integrated Intel® Graphics HD, HD 2000, HD 3000

Integrated Intel® Graphics HD, HD 2500, HD 4000

512MB* ATI Radeon HD 4550

Integrated Intel® Graphics HD, HD 4600, HD 5200* New 1GB* AMD Radeon HD 8490 New 1GB* AMD Radeon HD 8570 

512MB AMD Radeon HD 6350

New 1GB* AMD Radeon HD 7470

1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450

New 1GB* AMD Radeon HD7570

1GB AMD Radeon HD 6670

1GB* NVIDIA® GT 640

1GB* NVIDIA GT 645 

Images

VGA
VGA

 

 

DisplayPort
Display port 

VGA
VGA

 

 

DisplayPort
Display port 

 

VGA
VGA

 

 

DisplayPort
Display port 

 

HDMI™
HDMI 

VGA
VGA

 

 

DisplayPort

(7010/9010)

 

DisplayPort
 Display port
(7010/9010)

 

HDMI
HDMI
(3010 Only)

AMD Radeon HD 6450

 VGA
VGA

DisplayPort
Display port
(7010/9010)

HDMI
HDMI
(3010)

 

 AMD Radeon HD 6450AMD Radeon HD 6450 

AMD Radeon HD 6350

AMD Radeon HD 7470

AMD Radeon HD 7470

AMD Radeon HD 7470

AMD Radeon HD 6670

nvidia_gt_640 

DP
Display port

HDMI 
HDMI

DVI
DVI

Available on OptiPlex

580

XE

9010 AIO, 9010, 7010, 3010

XE

 9020 MT SFF9020 MT SFF, XE2 9020 MT SFF 

3010, 7010, 9010

3010, 7010, 9010

990 MT

9010 MT

9020 MT 

Memory

None dedicated*

None dedicated*

None dedicated*

None dedicated*

Dedicated 512 MB DDR3

 None dedicated* 
Dedicated 1 GB DDR3
Dedicated 1 GB DDR3 

Dedicated 512 MB DDR3

Dedicated 1 GB DDR3

Dedicated 1 GB DDR3

Dedicated 1 GB DDR5

Dedicated 1 GB DDR5

Dedicated 1 GB DDR5

Dedicated 1 GB GDDR5 

Max Resolution

1920 x 1200 VGA
2560 x 1600 DP

1920 x 1200 VGA
2560 x 1600 DP

1920 x 1200 VGA
2560 x 1600 DP

1920 x 1200 HDMI

1920 x 1200 VGA
2560 x 1600 DP

1920 x 1200 HDMI

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

 1920 x 1200 VGA
2560 x 1600 DP
 2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

Single-Link DVI: 1920 x 1200 
DisplayPort: 4096 x 2160
VGA: 1920 x 1440

1900 x 1200 VGA or DVI

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

2560 x 1600 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP

 2560 x 1600 digital
2048 x 1526 VGA

DirectX®

DX10

DX10

DX10

DX11

DX11

 DX11DX11  DX11

DX11

DX11

DX11

DX11

DX11

DX11

DX11 

Dual-Monitor Support

YesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesYes  Yes YesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Native Connectors

1 DP
1 VGA

1 DP

1 VGA

1 DP
1 VGA

1 HDMI

2 DP (7010/9010)

1 VGA

1 HDMI (3010)

1 DP
1 DVI

 2 DP (7010/9010)
1 VGA
1 HDMI (3010)
 1 DP
1 DVI
1 DP
1 DVI 

1 DMS-59

1 DP
1 DVI

1 DP
1 DVI

1 DP
1 DVI

1 DP
1 DVI

1 VGA

1 DP
1 HDMI

1 VGA

 2 DVI-I
1 mini-HDMI

Included Adapters

No

No

No

No

1 DP-DVI (SL)

No
 
 Optional
1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI (SL)
 Optional
1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI (SL)

1 Dual DVI or
1 Dual VGA

Optional
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI (SL)

1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI (SL)

Optional
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI (SL)

1 DP-DVI (SL)

Optional
1 DVI-VGA

1 DP-DVI (SL)

Optional
1 DVI-VGA 
Wattage        35W 50W      55W140W