Graphics Card

What are the types of graphic card available?

Graphic card is an important piece of equipment used in computers. Choosing one for your notebook can be little, confusing and expensive. However, when you know the technical aspects of a graphic card, it can really help you out in choosing the right one for your notebook.

If you have decided to upgrade your graphic card of your notebook, you should know what precisely you are looking for. With these simple guidelines, you can find exactly what you want.

Different graphic cards are discussed in the following points.

  • Know what you want

  • Integrated versus Dedicated graphic cards

  • Desktop versus Notebook Graphic Card

Know what you want

There are different versions of graphic cards used for diverse purposes, such as gaming, networking and for general purpose; they all have different requirements. If you have decided to use your notebook for gaming purposes, and if you think that you have enough budget, then you should consider buying a notebook specially designed for gaming such as ASUS Republic of Gamers G73Jh costing around $1800 dollars powered by 1.6GHz Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor with 8GB RAM and installed with a graphic card ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5870. The notebook has a very stylish body similar to stealth planes and has a vent behind the body for cooling.

Another notebook installed with a powerful graphic card especially dedicated to gaming is NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280M delivering astonishing 3D gaming experience providing full HDMI® (High Definition Multimedia Interference) is one the top choice of gaming professionals.

Integrated versus Dedicated graphic cards

There is a bit difference between an integrated and a dedicated graphic card. As the name suggests, the integrated graphic card is built on the motherboard and hence cannot be removed. It does not have its own memory instead it uses RAM to store data. It is good enough for general-purpose use but when you are looking for a nice gaming experience, you have to consider buying a dedicated graphic card.

Dedicated graphic cards are far powerful and hence provide more efficient video processing capability. It has its own memory, and it does not use RAM.

Desktop versus Notebook Graphic Card

Considering the fact that both graphics cards have same names, but they still differ in size and performance. Desktop graphic cards require more power to operate hence they are more powerful; they produce more heat and are bigger in size.

Notebook graphic cards are a bit smaller in size as compare to desktop but they pretty much provide same performance. They produce less heat but they are almost equally efficient.

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