If you watch movies and play games a lot on the computer, you will need a Graphics Card. It is a hardware component, which generates and displays pictures on our screen. The Graphics Card works in tandem with certain parts in the computer motherboard connection for power and data, including the processor to process pixels, memory to store pictures and monitor to display the pictures. A Graphics card is a printed circuit board like the motherboard with a processor and RAM with an input-output system, which stores card settings. It is also called GPU and major companies that produce Graphics Card are ATI and nVidia.
The thing about graphics card and notebook computers is that, well, they are a tad bit confusing. You don’t need the same specs that you normally would in a graphics card for a normal PC, and if you don’t know the difference it is easy to go wrong. Nobody would blame you there, as graphics cards never have been an easy thing to purchase.
Graphic cards for laptops are not hard to come by; they are easily purchased from any of your local electronics store, but the question really is whether or not you need one for your laptop. If you don’t know what a laptop graphics card, chances are that you probably do not so you can rest easy in that respect—and stop reading now, if you want to.
For the rest of the laptop users out there who do need laptop graphics cards—good for you; at least you know that you need one. All computers come with graphics cards; you have an integrated graphics card and a dedicated graphics card to choose from. If you know you have got a graphics card and you just cannot seem to find it, you may have an integrated graphics card that is actually built into the motherboard of your computer. These integrated graphics cards do not actually have their own independent memory.
Until recently, most laptop computer buyers were more concerned about issues such as battery-life, hard disk size and memory upgrade ability than laptop computer graphics. With laptop computers being more widely used for entertainment, buyers are now concerned about how a particular model displays graphics. There are two ways by which the Graphics card is embedded for display of graphics. In the first one, the graphic card for laptops is integrated into the chipset memory of the motherboard while the second method involves the installation of a separate chipset to the motherboard.
From the seller point of view, the embedded system where the laptops graphic cards are integrated into the motherboard is recommended because the system will support all graphic related activity automatically and share the memory from the motherboard. However, if you are looking for a 3D graphics (gaming/modeling) or high-speed 2D graphics solution for photo or video editing or want to use a separate graphic to enhance the graphic display, you have to rely on systems that use separate graphic cards for laptops.
If you have a laptop and would like to upgrade the performance of graphic display, you can consult your local laptop dealer who will help you integrate a graphic laptop card into your system.