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Understanding Integrated vs Dedicated Graphics

Understanding Integrated vs Dedicated Graphics

Several central processing units (CPUs) are offered with integrated graphics engines. By integrating the graphics in the CPU, the machine has a lower cost, consume less energy and creates less heat. These benefits come at the cost of performance. Integrated images use the PC’s slower system RAM as opposed to highly optimized Graphics RAM (GRAM) found on dedicated graphics cards. The slower system RAM can lead to significant display slowdowns when rendering (drawing) multiple high-resolution screens.

If you are a graphics professional or rely heavily on graphics, integrated graphics will never be enough to support the level of work you are creating. Always invest in a good GPU, granted your software can actually take advantage of it.

Otherwise, if you are an office worker who occasionally uses the computer to look at graphics, or simply run multiple displays and nothing more- integrated graphics may be enough for you.

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