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

If you want...Choose...
To tackle complex graphics, applications and gaming, a discrete video card can handle all the applications an integrated card can handle, plus:
  • Complex presentations
  • Graphics design
  • Financial analysis
  • High-resolution video
  • Video conferences
  • Dual monitor setup
A single discrete video card
An entry-level solution for typical office productivity applications, internet use, relatively small digital images, low-resolution videos, simple games and other relatively undemanding applications, integrated video cards are generally acceptable for:
  • Word processing
  • Instant messaging
  • Small presentations
  • Spreadsheets
An integrated video card

Intel® HD Graphics 4000NVidia® GeForce® GT 640 1GB GDDR5NVidia® GTX 850M 2GB DDR3NVidia® 870M 3GB GDDR5NVidia® GeForce® GT 705 M119N AMD Radeon™ R5 A240UMA/AMD Radeon™ R7 M265AMD Radeon™ RX560AMD Radeon™ RX580
Discrete MemorySystem dependent (Shared Memory)1024MB GDDR5 2GB DDR3 3GB GDDR5 1GB DDR3 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 2GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
Controller Speed650MHz950MHz902MHz~ (dynamic change) 941MHz~(dynamic change)874MHz 800~1030MHz 675~825MHz1200Mhz1266Mhz
Onboard Memory SpeedSystem dependent (Shared Memory)1250MHz900MHz 1250MHz825MHz 1GHz1GHz1750Mhz2000Mhz
Onboard Memory Data Width128-bits128-bits128-bits 192-bits 64-bits64-bits128-bits128-bits256-bits
API SupportedDirectX 11.1DirectX11 OpenGL 4.1- -DirectX11 OpenGL 4.1--DirectX12 OpenCL 2.0 OpenGL 4.5DirectX12 OpenCL 2.0 OpenGL 4.5
Slot RequirementsN/A3.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex16 2.1 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex162.0 Gen PCIex16 2.0 Gen PCIex16
Maximum Resolution2560 x 16002560 x 1600 DP 1920 x 1200 HDMI 2560 x 1600 DVI--1920x1200HDMI 2560X1600 DVI 2048x1536 VGA--4096x2160 DP 4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 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.