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A graphics card is internal hardware dedicated solely to helping the workstation process images and data related to generating images.

After the processor, the graphics card is probably the hardware component that has the most impact on mobile workstation performance.

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A graphics card is hardware dedicated solely to helping the workstation render graphics. After the processor, the graphics card is probably the hardware component that has the most impact on mobile workstation performance.

Unlike laptops designed for typical business use, Dell Precision™ mobile workstations come standard with discrete graphics cards that support professional 3D OpenGL® and DirectX® graphics. They also meet or exceed the minimum graphics requirements for most leading workstation-class applications.

Be sure to check the minimum and recommended graphics card requirements for the workstation application or applications that will be run on this workstation.

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

Workstation usage Primary focus Recommended cards
AMD NVIDIA®
Engineering Mechanical CAD (MCAD) W5130M M2000M
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) W7170M M4000M
Electronic Design and Automation (EDA) W5170M M1000M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC) W5170M M2000M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM) W5170M M2000M
Media and Entertainment 2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and Rendering W7170M M3000M
Game Development W7170M M3000M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray Authoring W5170M M2000M
Broadcast and Post Production W7170M M3000M
Image Editing and Prepress Page Design W5170M M1000M
Professional Audio Production W5130M M1000M
Exploration and Scientific Geosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management) W7170M M5000M
Geographic Information Systems W7170M M2000M
Medical Imaging and Analysis W7170M M4000M
Visual Simulation W7170M M5000M
Testing W5170M M1000M
Economic and Financial Modeling Financial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp) W7170M M5000M
Trading Station W7170M M3000M
Software Development Intel® Parallel studio or Intel Compiler W5130M M1000M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux) W5130M M1000M
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