Which Graphics Option is Best for Your Custom PC?

When it comes to building a custom computer, choosing the right graphics processor is a crucial decision to make. When it comes to graphics processors, you have two main options: integrated graphics and dedicated graphics processors. The decision primarily depends on your intended use for your computer.

Integrated Graphics

Integrated graphics refers to the incorporation of graphics processing hardware directly into the main CPU. Some examples of integrated graphics are Intel Iris and AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics. With the AMD processor, the CPU and GPU are combined on the same die, which is known as an “Accelerated Processing Unit,” or APU.

Integrated graphics have gained popularity in laptops due to their ability to enable manufacturers to create smaller machines without the added bulk of a separate graphics chip. In addition, they consume less power, allowing users to extend their battery life.

One drawback is that they lack the same level of power as the dedicated GPUs commonly found in gaming desktop PCs and laptops. If you are an avid player of modern 3D games, you may find the performance of an integrated chip to be underwhelming. However, it is worth noting that integrated chips have shown consistent improvement over the years. If you only use your computer for basic tasks, integrated graphics will suffice.

Dedicated Graphics

A dedicated graphics chip is a graphics processor that operates independently from the CPU. Typically, on a desktop machine, it can be found on a PCI-X card. Typically, it will be permanently attached to the motherboard of a laptop. The primary benefit of dedicated graphics lies in their exceptional performance, be it for gaming, modeling, or video editing purposes.

External GPUs have become increasingly popular in recent years and provide a middle ground between the two options. The GPU is contained within a box that establishes connections with the computer and requires an electrical power source. Certain enclosures have the capability to accommodate desktop graphics cards, just like a hard drive enclosure can accommodate regular hard drives. This feature enables the convenience of using a laptop while still having access to a dedicated GPU for enhanced performance when required.

In summary

If you require guidance on selecting the optimal graphics solution for your custom computer, please don’t hesitate to call TN Computer Medics.

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