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


Workstation usagePrimary focusRecommended cards
AMDNVIDIA®
EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD)M5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)M5100 / M6100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)M5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)M5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM)M5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Media and Entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingM5100 / M6100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Game DevelopmentM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Broadcast and Post ProductionM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Professional Audio ProductionM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Exploration and ScientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)M5100 / M6100Quadro K5100M
Geographic Information SystemsM5100 / M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Medical Imaging and AnalysisFirePro M6100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Visual SimulationFirePro M6100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
TestingFirePro M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Economic and Financial ModelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp)FirePro M6100Quadro K4100M / K5100M
Trading StationFirePro M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Software DevelopmentIntel® Parallel studio or Intel CompilerFirePro M6100Quadro K2100M / K3100M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux)FirePro M6100

Quadro K2100M / K3100M



NVIDIA® Quadro® K5100MNVIDIA Quadro K4100M NVIDIA Quadro K3100M AMD FirePro™ M6000 GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro K2100M NVIDIA Quadro K1100M NVIDIA Quadro K1000M AMD FirePro M5100 AMD FirePro M4000
Availability by ModelM6800M6800M6800M6700 M4800M4800 M4700 M4800 M4700
DirectX11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.1 11.0
Graphics Memory*8GB,4GB GDDR5 Dedicated4GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 2GB GDDR3 Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated 1GB GDDR5 Dedicated
Memory Interface256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Clock Speed in MHz750 Core
1125 Memory
670 Core
1000 Memory
600 Core
1125 Memory
Compute Cores1356,
1344
1152,
960
768,
576
640576,
384
384 192384 192
Est. Max Power Consumption100 watts 100 watts 80 watts,
75 watts
60 watts 55 watts 45 watts 45 watts45 watts 45 watts
Display SupportVGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
DVI via Optional E-port
Max VGA Resolution1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
1920x1200
32-bit color
Max Display Port Resolution3840x2160
32-bit color,
2560x1600
32-bit color
3840x2160
32-bit color,
2560x1600
32-bit color
3840x2160
32-bit color,
2560x1600
32-bit color
2560x1600
32-bit color
3840x2160
32-bit color,
2560x1600
32-bit color
3840x2160
32bit color
2560x1600
32-bit color
2560x1600
32-bit color
2560x1600
32-bit color
Max DVI Resolution (Requires optional dock)

1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter

1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter

1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter

1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter

1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
1920x1200
32-bit color

2560x1600 via DisplayPort or optional DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter
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