Help Me Choose: Video Cards

From watching movies to surfing the web, the quality of your experience is influenced by the characteristics of your video card. Video cards determine image clarity, color brilliance and accuracy of motion on screen.
There are two types of video cards available for your system:

Integrated graphics (UMA)

  • Laptops used to be designed with graphics processors built into the motherboard, reducing cost, power consumption and noise.
  • Designed for entry-level laptops that don’t need intensive graphics.
  • Integrated graphics share a PC’s memory for storage, which can impact performance when multitasking.

Discrete graphics cards

  • Designed for HD movies or video-intensive applications.
  • Discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) are separate from the motherboard and feature their own memory, measured in gigabytes (GB).
  • Accelerate graphics performance for less pixilation and more lifelike visuals.
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 17 7000 2in1
Inspiron 15 3000Inspiron 13 5000 2in1Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)Inspiron 17 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 15 5000 2in1Inspiron 14 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 15 5000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 14 3000 (Intel®)
Inspiron 15 3000 (Intel®)
         Inspiron 13 5000 2in1           
         Inspiron 15 5000 2in1           
         Inspiron 13 7000 2in1           
         Inspiron 15 7000 2in1           
Graphics Type Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete Discrete
Discrete MemoryN/AN/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A2GB2GB2GB2GB2GB4GB4GB2GB4GB4GB4GB
Memory TypeIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryIntegrate System MemoryDDR3DDR3GDDR5DDR3GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Direct X Version1111111212121212121212121212121212121212
Dual-Display Support
Availability      PDC/CDC Core i3/i5/i7           

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