What is the difference between NVIDIA Graphics and Integrated Graphics?

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What is the difference between NVIDIA Graphics and Integrated Graphics?

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NVIDIA is a graphics card company. They make add on cards of very high quality. Integrated graphics cards are built onto the motherboard and can be made by a variety of companies including NVIDIA.

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In addition to the above answer, I would like to tell you that the NVIDIA graphics cards are used mainly for streaming, video, gaming, graphics, design, and other high end graphics resolution, and speed requirements. Mostly when you require a good workstation (not the entry level), the Hardware company say IBM or Dell or HP use these high end cards and come bundled/installed in your workstation. Even some Dell laptops come bundled with NVIDIA, these laptops are actually workstations or high end as compared to entry level or normal usage laptops. The capacity of the card will exactly depend on how best is the performance you require and what is the application that you are going to use.

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Just to enhance the answer above, NVidia is a manufacturer of processor technology, and not a card manufacturer. NVidia chips are used on most popular graphics cards, ATI is the other “player” in this market.

Laptops most of the time have integrated graphics, saving on space, but limiting the upgrade potential. This integrated graphics card draws its memory from the the installed RAM, and does not have its own memory.
Desktops (depending on the motherboard of course) mostly have a spare PCI Express slot which can be used for a video card, which is installed and utilises its own memory to process intensive graphic applications.

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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    the on slot cards use RAM, and the separate video graphics cards come with their own memory and that is one of the major factors that they enhance the performance and speed.
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  • Patisley
    Nvidia is a brand name, vs integrated graphics, which is a method for building graphics cards into motherboards. Integrated graphics cards are usually not as good of an option for serious gamers, who may need to update cards to stay current with sys requirements of various game designs.
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  • GameDevelopment
    I am studying about them here...good something to think about.There are a lot of methods being used to style successfully.Intelligent style I must say. Game Developers
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  • ErIrham
    I need help as I'm looking for a laptop for engineering purposes so are integrated graphics card good for engineering software?
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  • ToddN2000
    @erlrham: You might get away with one as long as it has enough memory for the graphics and you work is not too graphic intense. To be on the safe side I would look for a computer with a dedicated graphics card with a minimum 4gig video RAM. I'd also recommend a min of 8gig RAM, preferably 12 or 16, depending on the vendor and if going Intel an i5 minimum, if you can afford it go for an i7.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @erlrham, depends on your budget. Dedicated graphics card is always good for this type of jobs. A laptop which can be used for engineering purpose, requires 6-8gb RAM, at least 500 GB HDD (depends on your work volume/area), high screen resolution for better pictures, Intel i5 CPU or better one. For separate graphics card, you can go for Nvidia Geforce, but this is recommended, not compulsory.
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  • ToddN2000
    NVIDIA is a brand name manufacturer of video cards like these others ATI, AMD and Intel. Integrated means it is built into the motherboard to save on space. This can become an issue if there is a video problem because you would replace the entire motherboard and not just a dedicated video card.
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  • bhannah
    ToddN2000's thoughts are very valid on this. As the graphics usage intensity goes up so does the power demand for it goes up too. It is a very good idea to have a separate video card with at least 1 gig of memory for it. Dell does make some high end laptops with a separate video card and not an integrated video card. One other thing though most OEM's underpower their systems and so the power supply may not have enough power to run a high end graphics card and will cause the power supply to burn out. If you are going to buy a system that uses a separate card then you need to have much more powerful power supply, or you will be replacing the system board or the power supply.or both.
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