Bored with the picture quality of your computer/laptop. Not convinced about your computer/laptop’s graphic performance. This must be due to the graphic card in the device. Planning to buy a new device. 

            Then you can get an idea of how to choose your graphic card. First of all, what is the Graphic card? Let's see. The graphic or video card is the one that renders an image to your desktop, that is it converts data into a signal that a desktop can understand. Now let’s deal with the types of Graphic card

  • Integrated Graphics Card
  • Dedicated Graphic Card

Now we can jump into each type and get an overview so that you can clear your confusion.


Nvidia graphics


Integrated Graphics Card

        Most of the computers literally, all the laptops come with a GPU integrated with the motherboard which is good enough to produce a quality image, a good movie-watching experience, and some even good on low-end games. Integrated GPU shares the memory with the system CPU.

        They can be either programmable or Non-programmable. Integrated Graphics Card has some advantages of its own. Since it comes with the motherboard it is cheap. It reduces the weight of the total system. And a consumer can use the saved money on other features of his desire.

        It also has low power requirements making the system battery long-lasting. An integrated graphics card takes the memory of the system which makes the system slower when the system is processing a high graphic image.


Integrated graphics card


Dedicated Graphics Card

         If you are a professional photo or video editor or you are obsessed with realistic gaming, then this graphic card is your type. This one has its own memory i.e. RAM and its own processor and provides a great image detailing and the fast you need. 

        They may be already present in your systems in case of gaming laptops or may be added externally to your motherboard with ports. Though they make editing smooth, games realistic but they use a lot of power to perform it and produce considerable heat out of the device. 

        Since it has its own memory it does not affect the system memory and makes it process on its own hence makes the device faster and smoother. The RAM in the Graphic card can vary from 512kB to 16 GB. This RAM is separate from the system RAM. 

        They also add weight to the system because as they are heavy also, they require fans to take out the heat. With these many advantages, they come overpriced. They can be also used for multi-screen purposes depending on the number of ports in the Graphic card.


Dedicated graphics card

GPU vs Graphic card

        In general, GPU is a part of Graphic card. GPU is the one that does the required process and the Graphic card is the bridge between these units and the device. A Graphic card can have one or many GPUs depending upon the user. The maximum number of GPUs the maximum is the smoother output. So you must select the number of GPUs according to your use.


What to select?

         Well, it depends on you. If you perform a light task such as browsing, watching movies, notepads, office works, etc then a device with an integrated graphics card is enough. But if you are a born gamer or a professional editor then dedicated graphics is your go. The integrated graphics is mostly available in all intel processors and nowadays in Ryzen processors. 

        But with dedicated graphics, there are two major shareholders namely Nvidia and AMD Radeon. You can buy a graphic card that would suit your price as well as your need but you must ensure that your PC's existing hardware is compatible with it. Hope this article helps you.



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