Help Me Choose: Video card

 
The graphics solution in your PC transforms video data from your system into the image you see on the monitor. It plugs in to the system’s motherboard, and decodes and processes the video signal. The quality of the images you will see on your OptiPlex™ systems largely depends on the combination of graphics solution and the monitor you choose.
Integrated GraphicsAn integrated graphics solution shares resources with the system’s central processing unit (CPU) and memory to display information on the screen. Integrated graphics are capable of processing 3D images. However, since they share resources with the processor and the system memory, they usually deliver lower 3D performance than a discrete graphics solution.
Discrete GraphicsDiscrete graphics utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) that is separate (or discrete) from the system’s processor, as well as a dedicated graphics memory. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, the overall system performance may significantly be better with separate graphics when you run applications that use complex images.
Dual Discrete Graphics OptionsOptional dual discrete graphics configurations on OptiPlex 9010/7010 (AMD HD7470 only) (AMD HD 6450 and AMD HD 6350) allow two graphics cards to work together to use up to six monitors (MT chassis only) to help expand available desktop space.Optional dual discrete graphics configurations on OptiPlex 9010/7010 (AMD HD7470 only) and 990/790 (AMD HD 6450 and AMD HD 6350) allow two graphics cards to work together to use up to six monitors (MT chassis only) to help expand available desktop space.
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.
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, Intel®
HD 5200 integrated graphics
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 Intel® Graphics HD, HD 4600, HD 5200* AMD Radeon
HD 7470
AMD Radeon
HD 7570
 
AMD Radeon
HD 8490
AMD Radeon
HD 8570
AMD Radeon
R5 240
AMD Radeon
R7 250
NVIDIA
GT 645
NVIDIA
GTX 745
AMD Radeon
HD 8490A
AMD Radeon
HD 8750A
AMD Radeon
R5 A240
AMD Radeon
R7 A265
Images VGA
VGA

DisplayPort
 Display port 
Display port
(7010/9010)

HDMI
HDMI
(3010)

 

AMD Radeon HD 7470

AMD Radeon HD 7470

AMD Radeon HD 6450 AMD Radeon HD 6450 AMD Radeon R5 240 AMD Radeon R7 250NVIDIA GT 645 NVIDIA GTX 745Video Input
Ports
VGA
VGA 
Video Input
Ports
HDMI
HDMI

   VGA
  VGA 
Video Input
Ports
VGA
VGA
Video Input
Ports
HDMI
HDMI
Video Output Ports
DP
DP 
Available on
OptiPlex
 9020 MT SFF

 3010, 7010,
9010

 3010, 7010,
9010

9020 MT SFF, XE2 3020 MT SFF9020 MT SFF
3020 MT SFF
9020 MT SFF,
XE2
9020 MT SFF,
XE2
9020 MT9020 MT3011 AIO 9020 AIO3030 AIO 9030 AIO 
Memory None dedicated*Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
1 GB GDDR5
Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
2 GB DDR3
Dedicated
1 GB GDDR5 
Dedicated 1 GB GDDR5Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
2 GB DDR3
Dedicated
1 GB DDR3
Dedicated
2 GB DDR3
Max Resolution1920 x 1200 VGA2560 x 1600 DP   2560 x 1600 DVI2560 x 1600 DP2560 x 1600 DVI
4098x2160 @60hz DP4098x2160 @60hz DP2560 x 1600 digital2560 x 1600 digital2560 x 1600 DVI built in display resolution 1920x1080
DP output resolution 3860x1600 @60Hz
 2560 x 1600 DP 2560 x 1600 DVI2560 x 1600 DP2560 x 1600 DVI2560 x 1600 DP1920x1200, 24bpp @ 60hz DVI1920x1200, 24bpp @ 60hz DVI2048x1526 VGA2048x1526 VGA2560 x 1600 DP   
Max Refresh rate     vaiable up to 200fpsvaiable up to 200fps      
 DirectX® DX11DX11DX11DX11DX11DX11  DX11DX11DX11DX11DX11DX11DX11
Dual Monitor
Support
 Yes Yes Yes Yes YesYes Yes Yes Yes   Yes 
Triple Monitor
Support
 
    Yes Yes       
Native Connectors2 DP (7010/9010)1 DP1 DP1 DP1 DP1DP1DP(1) DP(1) DP    
 1 DVI 1 DVI 1 DVI1 DVI1 SL-DVI-I1 SL-DVI-I(1) DL-DVI-I(1) DL-DVI-D(1) DL-DVI-I(1) DL-DVI-D   
 1 VGA      HDMIHDMI     
 1 HDMI (3010)             
Included AdaptersNo
 
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
Optional
1 DVI-VGA
Optional
1 DVI-VGA
    
Power  35W 35W50W35W50W140W140W35W    



Monitor setup for all graphics cards

The following guide will help you determine the video adapter(s) required to properly support your monitor setup. Please note that additional adapters may be required for multimonitor setup, which can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

Monitor setup for all graphics

Step 1 — Check your monitor(s):
The first step in determining if you require an additional video adapter(s) is to check your monitors for the type of connections: DisplayPort, DVI or VGA.
DVI has several options: dual link (DL) or single link (SL), all digital (DVI-D) or supports analog (DVI-I)
ConnectorVGADVIDPHDMI
NameVGADVIDisplayPort or DPHDMI
CommonalityCommon on older
monitors Being phased out on
new monitors
CommonCommon on all new
monitors
Not as common on
monitors for
commercial use
Quality GoodBetterBestBest
Maximum
resolution of the
connector
2048 x 15361920 x 1200 SL
2560 x 1600 DL
4096x2048HDMI 1.4 4096x2048

Step 2 — Check your graphics card(s):
The second step is to determine the type of connectors of your graphics card. The "Compare side by side" tab below would help you determine the standard outputs available.
ConnectorDVIDP
NameDVIDisplayPort or DP
CommonalityCommonCommon
QualityBetterBest

Step 3 — Determine what video adapter(s) you need:
Using the below table, line up your monitor input with your graphics card output. This will help you decide on the type of video adapter or cable you will require to connect your monitor. Additional adapters can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.



Monitor Input
Graphics card outputGraphics card output
DVIDP
DVI DP
VGAVGADVI -> VGA adapterDP -> VGA adapter
DVIDVINo adapter neededDP -> DVI adapter (typically to SL DVI)
DPDPUse monitor DVI connectorNo adapter needed