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 users will see on your OptiPlex™ systems largely depends on the combination of graphics solution and the monitor you choose.              

                                       
Integrated graphics (Basic solution)

An 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 some 3D images. However, since they share resources with the processor and the system memory, they sometimes deliver a less-than-optimal experience.

Discrete graphics (High-end solution)

Discrete 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 options

Optional dual-graphics configurations on OptiPlex 790 and 990 allow two graphics cards to work together to use up to four monitors to help expand available desktop space.

If you want ...  Choose ...
A graphics solution designed for advanced photo and video editing, graphic design and financial modelingA high-end graphics solution 
A graphics solution designed for presentations, spreadsheets and rich mediaA mid-range graphics solution
A graphics solution designed for basic internet, email, word processing and light graphics applicationsIntegrated Graphics

 Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200  Integrated Intel® GMA 4500 Integrated Intel Graphics HD 2000256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450   256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300 GENew 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6350 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3470  12MB ATI Radeon HD 4550New 1GB AMD Radeon HD 64501GB NVIDIA GeForce GT330 New 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6670512MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420  
Images VGA
VGA

DisplayPort
Display port
VGA
VGA

DisplayPort
Display port
(not 380)
VGA
VGA

DisplayPort
Display port
(not 390)

HDMI®
HDMI
390 Only
 AMD Radeon HD 6350AMD Radeon HD 6350AMD Radeon HD 6350ATI Radeon HD 3470AMD Radeon HD 6450AMD Radeon HD 6450NVIDIA GeForce  GT330AMD Radeon HD 6670 NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420
Available on580380, 780, 960390,790, 990580, 780, 960, 980580, 780, 960, 980390,790, 990580, 780, 960380, 580, 780, 960, 980390,790, 990780, 960, 980990780, 960, 980
OptiPlex MemoryNone dedicated*None dedicated*None dedicated*Dedicated 256MBDedicated 256MBDedicated 512MBDedicated 256MBDedicated 512MBDedicated 1GBDedicated 1GBDedicated 1GBDedicated 512MB
Max Resolution1920 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 VGA
1920 x 1200 DVI
1920 x 1200 VGA
1920 x 1200 DVI
1920 x 1200 VGA
1920 x 1200 DVI
1920 x 1200 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
1920 x 1200 DVI
2560 x 1600 DP
Direct XDX10DX10DX10DX10DX10DX11DX10DX11DX11DX10DX11DX10
Dual Monitor SupportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Native Connectors1 DP
1 VGA
1 DP (not on 380)
1 VGA
1 DP (790/990) 
1 VGA
1 HDMI (390)
1 DMS-591 DMS-591 DMS-592 DP1 DP
1 DVI
1 DP
1 DVI
1 DP
1 DVI
1 DP
1 DVI
Quad DP or Quad DVI
1 VHDCI
Included AdaptersNoNoNo1 Dual DVI or
1 Dual VGA
1 Dual DVI or
1 Dual VGA
1 Dual DVI or
1 Dual VGA
1 DP-DVI(SL)1 DP-DVI(SL)1 DVI-VGA
1 DP-DVI(SL)
1 DP-DVI(SL)1 DP-DVI(SL)4 DVI
or
4 DP


Notes:

  • OptiPlex systems tested: Windows 7 64-bit OS, 4GB memory, 250GB hard drive.
  • Based on testing performed by Dell Labs in April 2012. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

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.


Connector VGADVIDisplay portHDMI
NameVGA DVI DisplayPort or DP HDMI*
CommonalityVery commonCommon Not as commonNot as common
QualityGoodBetterBetterBetter


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.

Connector DVIDisplay port
NameDVI DisplayPort or DP
CommonalityCommon Not as common
QualityBetterBetter


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 output
DVI
DVI
Graphics card output
Display port
DP
VGA
VGA
DVI -> VGA adapter
DP -> VGA adapter
DVI
DVI
No adapter needed
Display port
DP
Use monitor DVI connectorNo adapter needed