Help Me Choose: Graphics Card

•A graphics card is internal hardware dedicated solely to helping the workstation process images and data related to generating images.
•After the processor, the graphics card is probably the hardware component that has the most impact on mobile workstation performance.
A graphics card is 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 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)W5130MM2000M 
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)W7170MM4000M
 Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)W5170MM1000M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)W5170MM2000M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM)W5170MM2000M
Media and Entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingW7170MM3000M
Game DevelopmentW7170MM3000M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringW5170MM2000M
Broadcast and Post ProductionW7170MM3000M
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignW5170MM1000M
Professional Audio ProductionW5130MM1000M
Exploration and ScientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)W7170MM5000M
Geographic Information SystemsW7170MM2000M
Medical Imaging and AnalysisW7170MM4000M
Visual SimulationW7170MM5000M
TestingW5170MM1000M
Economic and Financial ModelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp)W7170MM5000M
Trading StationW7170MM3000M
Software DevelopmentIntel® Parallel studio or Intel CompilerW5130MM1000M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux)W5130M

M1000M

Precision 7510 & 7710 Graphics Modes

Default System BIOS setting is ‘Enable Switchable Graphics’
  • Switchable Graphics is when the Precision system uses the Intel graphics on the CPU and the dedicated FirePro or Quadro GPU based on the workload to provide maximum performance and while maximizing battery life.
–FirePro drivers with AMD Endoro™ or Quadro drivers with Nvidia® Optimus™ manage GPU performance based on active applications
  • Precision workstations can be set to enable or disable Switchable Graphics is system BIOS
–In system BIOS check or uncheck ‘Enable Switchable Graphics’

When disabled, the FirePro or Quadro GPU is driving video ports. Useful when AC powered or to insure maximum graphics performance at all times

AMD Eyefinity technology
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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 

    DisplayPort 1.2 support Multi-Stream Topologies

    MST Topology


    Dell Dock Features

    Dell Dock FeaturesDell Dock Features


    Dell Dock Display Overview

    • Dell Dock is supported by systems with Thunderbolt and DisplayPort alternate mode

    DisplayPort over USB Type-C Icon indicates DisplayPort Alternate mode supported by system (non TBT) 
    Thunderbolt over USB Type-C Icon indicates Thunderbolt supported by system.

    From one to three display ports are supported
    Two types of cables may be used: Passive or Universal
        Passive cables enabled dual displays at FHD or WUXGA or three displays at SXGA
        Universal cable enabled dual displays at WQXGA or three displays at FHD or WUXGA

    Dell Thunderbolt Dock Features


    Dell Thunderbolt Dock FeaturesDell Thunderbolt Dock Features

    Dell Thunderbolt Dock Display Overview

    Dell Thunderbolt Dock is supported by systems with Thunderbolt Type-C at full display resolutions.Systems with DisplayPort over Type-C support lower resolutions

    • Dell Dock is supported systems with Thunderbolt and DisplayPort alternate mode
    Thunderbolt over USB Type-C  Icon indicates Thunderbolt supported by system.
    DisplayPort over USB Type-C  Icon indicates DisplayPort Alternate mode supported by system(non TBT)

    From one to four display ports are supported
    Dual 4K @ 60Hz displays are supported with a Universal or Thunderbolt cable

    3510 Monitor Support – undocked and with Dell Docks

    Undocked Docked (Simple E-Port) Docked (E-Port Plus)Dell Dock Dell Thunderbolt Dock 
    Maximum Number of Displays = 3  Maximum Number of Displays = 3Maximum Number of Displays =3Maximum Number of Displays = 3Maximum Number of Displays =3
    Two external monitors + LCDThree from system and dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:
    • LCD (HD/FHD)•DP•1st DP or 1st DVI•VGA•DP
    •VGA 1920x1200 •DVI•2nd DP or 2nd DVI•mDP (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•HDMI 3840x2160@30Hz
    •HDMI 1920x1080•VGA•VGA•HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•mDP
    ----•VGA
    ---•Type-C

    5510 Monitor Support – undocked and with Dell Docks

    Undocked Docked (Simple E-Port)Docked (E-Port Plus) Dell Dock Dell Thunderbolt Dock
    Maximum Number of Displays = 3 not supportednot supportedMaximum Number of Displays = 3 Maximum Number of Displays =3
    Two external monitors + LCD --Three from system and dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:
    LCD (HD/FHD) --•VGA (always driven)•DP
    mDP --•mDP (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•HDMI 3840x2160@30Hz
    HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz) --•HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•mDP
    Type-C ---•VGA
    ----•Type-C

    7510 & 7710 Monitor Support – undocked and Dell Docks

    Switchable Graphics Enabled

    UndockedDocked (Simple E-Port)Docked (E-Port Plus)Dell Dock Dell Thunderbolt Dock
    Maximum Displays = 3 Maximum Displays = 6 Maximum Displays =6Maximum Displays = 3Maximum Displays = 3
    Two external monitors + LCD Three from system and three from dock ports: Three from system and three from dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:Three from system and dock ports:
    •LCD (FHD/UltraHD)•DP•1st DP or 1st DVI•VGA (always driven)•DP
    •mDP (max. 3840x2160@60Hz)•DVI•2nd DP or 2nd DVI•mDP•Dock HDMI 3840x2160@30Hz
    •HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz) •VGA•VGA•HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•mDP
    •Type-C (max. 3840x2160@60Hz)--•VGA
    Note: mDP is disabled when HDMI and Type-C are enabled ---•Type-C

    7510 & 7710 Monitor Support – undocked and Dell Docks

    Switchable Graphics Disabled

    Undocked Docked (Simple E-Port) Docked (E-Port Plus) Dell Dock Dell Thunderbolt Dock
    Maximum Displays = 3 Maximum Displays = 6 Maximum Displays =6 Maximum Displays = 6(AMD) /4(Nvidia)Maximum Displays = 6(AMD) /4(Nvidia)
    Two external monitors + LCD Six from system and dock ports: Three from system and dock ports: 6 or 4 from system and dock ports: 6 or 4 from system and dock ports:
    •LCD (FHD/UltraHD)•DP •LCD (FHD/UltraHD)•VGA (always driven) •DP & mDP
    •mDP (max. 3840x2160@60Hz)•DVI •Type-C•mDP •HDMI 1.4
    •HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz)•VGA•HDMI 1.4 OR mDP •HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@30Hz) •VGA (always driven)
    •Type-C (max. 3840x2160@60Hz) -Three from E-dock ports enabled •Type-C
    Note: mDP is disabled when HDMI and Type-C are enabled  - •1st DP or 1st DVI-
    - - •2nd DP or 2nd DVI --
    - - •Dock_VGA --

    Max resolutions for video ports unless noted:

    VGA max. 1920x1200@60Hz
    DVI max 1920x1200@60Hz
    DP max. 3840x2160@60Hz
    mDP max. 3840x2160@60Hz
    HDMI 1.4 (max. 3840x2160@60Hz)
    60Hz supported with Universal cable
    Type-C (max. 3840x2160@60Hz)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M5000M NVIDIA Quadro KM4000M NVIDIA Quadro M3000M AMD FirePro W7170M AMD FirePro W5170M NVIDIA Quadro M2000MNVIDIA Quadro M1000M AMD FirePro W5130M
    Availability by Model7710 77107710 7710 7710
    7510
    7510 7510
    5510
    3510
    DirectX®12121212121212 12
    OpenGL 4.5 4.54.54.44.44.54.54.4
    OpenCL ---1.21.2--1.2
    Graphics Memory*8GB GDDR5 Dedicated 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated4GB GDDR5 Dedicated4GB GDDR5 Dedicated2GB GDDR5 Dedicated4GB GDDR5 Dedicated2GB GDDR5 Dedicated2GB GDDR5 Dedicated
    Memory Interface width256-bit 256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit
    Memory Bandwidth 160 GBps 160 GBps160 GBps160 GBps64 GBps80 GBps72 GBps64 GBps
    Quadro Compute
    Cores / FirePro
    Stream Processors
    1536cores1280 cores1024 cores32 compute Units, 2048 shaders, 8 Render buffers10 compute Units, 640 shaders, 4 Render buffers640 cores512 cores8 compute Units, 512 shaders, 4 Render buffers
    Display Support VGA, HDMI, Display Port VGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display PortVGA, HDMI, Display Port
    DVI via Optional E-port DVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-portDVI via Optional E-port
    Max VGA Resolution1920x12001920x12001920x12002048x15361920x12001920x12001920x12001920x1200
    32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color
    Max Display Port Resolution 3840x2160 3840x21603840x21603840x21603840x21603840x21603840x21602560x1600
    32bit color 32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color
    Max DVI Resolution (Requires optional dock) 1920x12001920x12001920x12001920x12001920x12001920x12001920x12001920x1200
    32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color32bit color
    SPEC ViewPerf 12 Composite46 42354013.5221513
    Compute Performance (as specified)3.2 TF 2.6 TF1.9 TF3.0 TF1.18 TF1.5 TF1.1 TF.95 TF