Help Me Choose: Video Card

Much of what you will do with your Vostro™ system, including using the internet and making presentations, involves intense graphics. The quality of images you see is largely dependent on the combination of your graphics solution and your monitor. Your graphics solution transforms video data into the visual display you see on your monitor. It plugs into your computer’s motherboard and is responsible for decoding and processing the video signal. 
Graphics Solution Types

Discrete Graphics (Mid-range to High-End Solution)
Discrete graphics utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) that is separate (or discrete) from the system’s processor and also use a separate graphics memory. Because this solution does not burden the CPU and system memory, overall system performance is likely to be significantly better with discrete graphics when running applications that use complex images.

Integrated or UMA Graphics (Basic Solution)

Integrated graphics solutions are among the most common type of graphics solutions found. An Integrated graphics solution shares resources with the system’s processor (CPU) and memory to display information onto the screen. While integrated graphics are capable of processing some 3D images, the shared resources can sometimes prevent them from delivering an optimal experience.

 
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

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

 
 
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 1GB ATI Radeon™ HD 54501GB ATI Radeon HD 56701024MB NVIDIA® Geforce® GT 2201024MB NVIDIA Geforce GTS 240512MB NVIDIA Geforce G 3101024MB NVIDIA Geforce GT 420 1024MB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460 
Availability by model 230, 230s, 330460 460460230, 430430230, 230S, 430460460
Discrete Memory 1024MB DDR31024MB DDR31024MB DDR31024MB DDR3512MB DDR2  
Maximum Resolution  2560 x 1600DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI™
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI
1920 x 1200 VGA (Dongle)
2560 x 1600DVI
1920 x 1200 HDMI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA
2560 x 1600 DVI
2048 x 1536 VGA 
Blu-ray Disc™ Capability yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Multi-Monitor SupportNoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Native adaptorsDVI, HDMI VGADVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGA2DVI, 1 S-VideoDVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGA2 DVI
Mini HDMI 
Included adaptors     1DVI-VGADongle