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. 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. The discrete graphics processor plugs into the system using the PCIe connector. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, the overall system performance may be significantly better with separate graphics when you run applications that use complex images. 
Dual Discrete Graphics Options Optional dual discrete graphics configurations on OptiPlex 9020/7020/3020 (AMD HD7470 only) 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 ...
Graphics solution designed for advanced photo and video editing, graphic design and financial modelingA high-end discrete graphics solutionNVIDIA® GT745 (9020 MT)
A graphics solution designed for viewing 3D images, using multiple applications with graphics processing, applications with larger objects to use dedicated memory, video editing, gamingA performance discrete graphics solutionAMD Radeon R7 250
A graphics solution designed for improved graphics performance graphics for use with 2D or 3D applications or multipleEntry discrete graphicsAMD Radeon R5 240
A graphics solution designed for basic internet, email, word processing and light graphics applicationsIntegrated graphicsIntel® HD 4400 (i3)Intel® or HD 4600 (i5/i7) integrated graphics

Monitor Setup

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)
ConnectorVGADVIDisplayPort or DPHDMI
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 InputGraphics 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
Integrated Intel® Graphics HD, HD 4600, HD 5200* AMD Radeon
R5 240
AMD Radeon
R7 250
NVIDIA
GTX 745
AMD Radeon
R5 A240
AMD Radeon
R7 A265
ImagesVGA
vga

DisplayPort
display port
display port
(7010/9010)

HDMI
hdmi
(3010)

 

AMD Radeon R5 240 AMD Radeon R7 250NVIDIA GTX 745Video Input
Ports
VGA
VGA
Video Input
Ports
HDMI
HDMI
Video Output Ports
DP
DP
Available on
OptiPlex
9020 MT SFF9020 MT SFF,
XE2
9020 MT SFF,
XE2
9020 MT3030 AIO 9030 AIO
Max Resolution1920 x 1200 VGA4098x2160 @60hz DP4098x2160 @60hz DP--built in display resolution 1920x1080
DP output resolution 3860x1600 @60Hz
2560 x 1600 DP 1920x1200, 24bpp @ 60hz DVI1920x1200, 24bpp @ 60hz DVI---
Max Refresh rate -vaiable up to 200fpsvaiable up to 200fps---
DirectX®DX11DX11 DX11-DX11DX11
Dual Monitor
Support
yesyes yes --yes
Triple Monitor
Support
-yesyes---
Native Connectors2 DP (7010/9010)1DP1DP---
-1 SL-DVI-I1 SL-DVI-I---
1 VGA-----
1 HDMI (3010) -----
Included Adaptersno
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
Optional
DVI-VGA
DP-DVI (SL)
DP - HDMI
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Power -35W50W---