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Help Me Choose: Video Card

Whether you’re gaming, watching DVDs or editing video on your Dell™ desktop, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card.

Video Card

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


Integrated vs. Discrete Graphics Cards

Integrated video card
An entry-level solution for typical office productivity applications, internet use, relatively small digital images, low-resolution video, simple games and other relatively undemanding applications. Integrated video cards are generally acceptable for:

  • Word processing
  • Instant messaging
  • Small presentations
  • Spreadsheets

Single discrete (dedicated) video card:
A discrete (dedicated) video card can handle all the applications an integrated card can, plus complex graphics, applications, gaming, and more:

  • Complex presentations
  • Graphic design
  • Financial analysis
  • High-resolution videos
  • Video conferences
  • Dual monitor setups

Compare Graphics Cards across Intel®, NVidia®, and AMD Radeon™

Intel® HD Graphics 4000 NVidia® GeForce® GT 705 M119N NVidia® GeForce® GT 640 NVidia® GTX 850M NVidia® 870M NVidia® GeForce® GTX 1060 NVidia® GeForce® GTX 1070 AMD Radeon™ R5 A240 UMA/AMD Radeon™ R7 M265 AMD Radeon™ RX560 AMD Radeon™ RX570 AMD Radeon™ RX580
Discrete (Dedicated) Memory System dependent (shared memory) 1GB DDR3 1GB GDDR5 2GB DDR3 3GB GDDR5 3GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 Up to 4GB GDDR5 Up to 8GB GDDR5 Up to 8GB GDDR5
Controller Speed 650MHz 874MHz 950MHz 902MHz~ (dynamic change) 941MHz~(dynamic change) 1506MHz 1506MHz 800~1030MHz 675~825MHz 1200Mhz 1244Mhz 1266Mhz
Onboard Memory Speed System dependent (shared memory) 825MHz 1250MHz 900MHz 1250MHz 1708MHz 1683MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1750Mhz 1750Mhz 2000Mhz
Onboard Memory Data Width 128-bits 64-bits 128-bits 128-bits 192-bits 192-bits 256-bits 64-bits 128-bits 128-bits 256-bits 256-bits
API Supported DirectX 11.1 DirectX11 OpenGL 4.1 DirectX11 OpenGL 4.1 - - DirectX12 API with feature level 12_1 DirectX12 API with feature level 12_1 - - DirectX12 OpenCL 2.0 OpenGL 4.5 DirectX12 OpenCL 2.0 OpenGL 4.5 DirectX12 OpenCL 2.0 OpenGL 4.5
Slot Requirements N/A 2.1 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 2.0 Gen PCIex16 2.0 Gen PCIex16 2.0 Gen PCIex16
Maximum Resolution 2560 x 1600 1920x1200HDMI 2560X1600 DVI 2048x1536 VGA 2560 x 1600 DP 1920 x 1200 HDMI 2560 x 1600 DVI - - 7680x4320 @60Hz 7680x4320 @60Hz - - 4096x2160 DP 4096x2160 HDMI 4096x2160 DP 4096x2160 HDMI 4096x2160 DP 4096x2160 HDMI

Important Information:
Graphics and system memory: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.
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