How do integrated graphics compare to a dedicated graphics card?
Integrated graphics accelerators are components built onto a computer’s mainboard, whereas dedicated graphics cards are separate expansion components that can be added, removed, or upgraded as needed.
The obvious advantages of integrated graphics accelerators in small form factor systems are that they do not take up additional space or expansion slots, they are more energy efficient, and are much less costly than dedicated graphics processors.
Dedicated graphics cards offer higher multimedia performance, are upgradeable, and do not utilize the mainboard’s system memory, but come at the expense of space, energy efficiency, and higher price tags.
For most embedded applications integrated graphics are sufficient; however, most of our mainboards also offer PCI or PCIe expansion slots should more graphics processing power be needed.