Help Me Choose: Video Cards

Whether you’re watching DVDS, surfing the web or playing games on your laptops, the quality of your experience is directly attributable to the characteristics of your video card.
Along with the computer display itself, the video card determines image clarity, color brilliance and accuracy of motion that you experience on-screen.

There are two different types of graphic solutions for your system:

    •    Integrated graphics (UMA)
    •    Discrete or dedicated graphics cards (Discrete GPUs)

Historically, many laptops were designed with the graphics processor built in to the system motherboard. Integrated graphics products (UMA) allow a computer to be built without a separate graphics card, which can reduce cost, power consumption and noise. These integrated cards are found on entry-level laptops that do not need high levels of graphics capability. Integrated graphics share system memory for storage, which can impact the system performance when multitasking or during video-intensive activities such as gaming or watching high-definition (HD) videos.

If you play high-demand video games, watch HD movies or use graphics-intensive applications on your laptop, you might need something a bit more powerful. Discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) are separate from the motherboard and feature dedicated memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). These GPUs greatly accelerate graphics performance so you get less pixilation and more lifelike graphics.



Intel HD GraphicIntel HD Graphics 400Intel HD Graphics 405Intel HD Graphics 500Intel HD Graphics 505Intel HD Graphics 520Intel HD graphics 610Intel HD Graphics 615Intel HD Graphics 620AMD Radeon R5 M315AMD Radeon R5 M430 GraphicsAMD Radeon R5 M435 GraphicsAMD Radeon R7 M440 GraphicsAMD Radeon R7 M445 GraphicsAMD Radeon R7 M445 GraphicsAMD Radeon RX 560NVIDIA GeForce 940MXNVIDIA GeForce 940MXNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Systems supported

Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 11 3000Inspiron 11 3000Inspiron 14 3000Inspiron 14 3000Inspiron 15 5000Inspiron 14 5000Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1Inspiron 14 7000Inspiron 14 3000Inspiron 14 3000 (AMD)Inspiron 15 5000 (AMD)Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 5000 (AMD)Inspiron 15 5000 GamingInspiron 14 7000Inspiron 14 7000Inspiron 15 7000 GamingInspiron 15 7000 Gaming
Inspiron 15 5000Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1Inspiron 17 5000Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 7000Inspiron 15 3000Inspiron 14 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (AMD)Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 7000Inspiron 15 7000Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming
Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 3000 (AMD)Inspiron 14 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (AMD)
Inspiron 15 3000Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 14 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 14 3000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)
Graphics Type Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete
Memory TypeIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryDDR3DDR3GDDR5DDR3GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
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Availability      PDC/CDC Core i3/i5/i7           

Note: HD510 = GT1, HD520=GT2 and HD540=GT3.