Dedicated Video Memory

Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer

I was asked this week why dedicated video memory makes a difference.  I replied with “it only makes a difference when you have high intense flash or video with HD or intense 3D quality.”   Often, people don’t realize that most dedicated video cards have their own processing chip, commonly called a GPU (graphics processing unit).  This is the “brain" of the card, and it handles all the complicated graphics algorithms that would normally have to be performed by the main system processor.

Which can leave your machine sluggish to translate the video that you would like to display?   Media is becoming king, so if you are looking into buying a new system that will handle whatever is thrown over the plate in for the next four years that you own it. You may want to consider a dedicated video card with memory.