Help Me Choose: Graphics Card

•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.
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 usagePrimary focusRecommended cards
 AMDNVIDIA®
EngineeringMechanical CAD (MCAD)W5130MM2000M 
Computer-aided Engineering/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)W7170MM4000M
 Electronic Design and Automation (EDA)W5170MM1000M
Architecture, Engineering and Design (AEC)W5170MM2000M
Mechanical Computer-aided Manufacturing (MCAM)W5170MM2000M
Media and Entertainment2D and 3D Character Creation, Animation and RenderingW7170MM3000M
Game DevelopmentW7170MM3000M
Film and Video Editing, Multimedia DVD/Blu-ray AuthoringW5170MM2000M
Broadcast and Post ProductionW7170MM3000M
Image Editing and Prepress Page DesignW5170MM1000M
Professional Audio ProductionW5130MM1000M
Exploration and ScientificGeosciences (Petroleum Exploration and Management)W7170MM5000M
Geographic Information SystemsW7170MM2000M
Medical Imaging and AnalysisW7170MM4000M
Visual SimulationW7170MM5000M
TestingW5170MM1000M
Economic and Financial ModelingFinancial Modeling/Derivative Pricing (SciFinance — SciComp)W7170MM5000M
Trading StationW7170MM3000M
Software DevelopmentIntel® Parallel studio or Intel CompilerW5130MM1000M
Eclipse (Java) (Linux)W5130M

M1000M