Dedicated verses onboard graphic card

Anyone got a good link to explain the diff to a customer?
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lisaraoCommented:
I have no links...just take a print of this and show to the customer.  "On Board" means Integrated

Dedicated means a separate card or chip handling it.

Integrated means a chip on the CPU/motherboard.

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Integrated: means that it works for the whole OS and Applications

Dedicated: means that it will run for more power demanding applications such as heavy power games and video editing programs
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A dedicated GPU is usually in the form of a graphics card. It has its own specialized processor and its own memory. Think of it like a mini-computer that specializes in rendering graphics. Because it doesn't need to share resources with the rest of the computer it can be much more powerful but it will take up more space and consume more power.

Integrated graphics are fine for pretty much everything but gaming and software such as Motion. They cost less and usually generate less heat. All graphics work is done on the CPU, possibly taking away valuable cycles from the processor.

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Integrated graphics are not actually graphics cards, they are low end graphics sharing the RAM memory and CPU to display image.

Dedicated graphics are graphic cards in PC computers and dedicated GPU memory (processor) inside a laptop. They are the best for high quality display and gaming.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... All graphics work is done on the CPU, possibly taking away valuable cycles from the processor. " ==> NO!    

"... Integrated graphics are not actually graphics cards, they are low end graphics sharing the RAM memory and CPU to display image. " ==> and NO again !

Integrated graphics on modern processors are in fact dedicated GPUs that share the same silicon -- but they do NOT use the CPU to do any graphics processing.   They just happen to be on the same piece of silicon ... something that's now possible because of the much smaller die processes that are used for modern chips.     These aren't, of course, as capable as more advanced GPUs that are on a separate card, since the amount of space available for graphics functions on a chip is still relatively limited;  but in fact the better integrated graphics units these days are actually higher performance than many separate cards from a few years ago.

As for what to tell a customer:   Simple ... in a nutshell, it boils down to one word:  Performance.    Integrated graphics is fine for typical desktop use and light gaming.   If you want to do serious gaming or advanced photo or video editing that needs better 3D performance, then get a dedicated card.
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