Do all motherboards have integrated graphics

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While buying a motherboard we often may have a question that whether the motherboard has integrated graphics or not so in this article I am going to give you the proper answer along with some additional information that you need to know.

graphics card

A Graphics card (also known as the video card, display card, or display adapter) is an expansion card for generating a feed of output images to the display device that is your computer monitor.

There are 2 types of Graphics cards, one is an integrated graphics card that comes integrated either in the CPU or motherboard, and another one is a dedicated graphics card that we need to buy externally for handling high-end stuff related to graphics such as gaming and video editing.

Practically speaking every desktop or laptop computer(not needed in some embedded system)needs to have some kind of graphics card built within the motherboard or CPU because without the graphics card your computer will boot up but the POST will fail, it will not give you visual feedback of what the computer is doing as there will be no ways to get the visual output on your monitor.

Do all motherboards have integrated graphics?

It is not necessary that the integrated graphics card has to be present in the motherboard, It can also be found in the CPU that handles all the graphics of the computer. The exact location of your computer’s graphics card depends on the type of card your computer has. 

You can check the specification of your motherboard that you will buy to ensure whether it has an integrated graphics card or not.

Nowadays you will find integrated graphics cards built into the processor/CPU but earlier graphics processing hardware was built into the motherboard of the computer.

How to find out that you have onboard (integrated) graphics?

Do you want to find out the location of your integrated graphics? Then follow the given steps below:-

Step 1:-Check the back of your desktop computer and find out where the monitor cable connects to the computer.

Step 2 :-If you find that the connection VGA, HDMI, or DVI is near the mouse, keyboard, and USB connections, then your computer has an integrated graphics card.

Difference Between Integrated and Dedicated GPUs

dedicated graphics card vs integrated graphics

It is clear that any sort of graphics card is needed for the visual output in our monitor but still we have dedicated GPUs available too, that people buy and use. So let us see the difference between integrated and dedicated CPUs below:-


I have clubbed some frequently asked questions together so that you can get the answers to the questions in one place.

1.Are Integrated Graphics good?

Ans:- Integrated graphics is perfect for performing a normal task on our computer but we need to have  a dedicated GPU when there are professional tasks that include high graphics such as video editing, graphics rendering, and GPU-accelerated computing.

2. Can I install a graphics card if I have integrated graphics?

Ans:- You can never replace an integrated graphics card but you can always install a dedicated graphics card externally for getting high performance.

3. Does a graphics card improve FPS?

Ans:- Yes graphics cards improve FPS, a stronger graphics card will always give better FPS.

4. Can integrated graphics be upgraded?

Ans:- No, you can’t upgrade an integrated graphics card. The integrated GPU is usually built into the processor(earlier it used to be on a chip of a motherboard) so it cannot be removed, upgraded, or changed.

5. Should I disable integrated graphics?

Ans:- There is no reason to disable your CPU graphics, it will end up with no display.

6. Can integrated graphics fail?

Ans:- Everything has an expiry date so It will wear out but with time but it lasts for 20 years atleast. 

7. Can I make my own graphics card?

Ans:- Obviously you can but why will you? There are companies sitting all over the world with lakhs of skilled engineers who will provide you good graphics cards with some bucks that will take years to make by you alone.

8. What happens if you don’t have an integrated graphics card?

Ans:- Buy a dedicated graphics card

9. Does more RAM help integrated graphics?

Ans:-  Yes, integrated graphics uses the computer’s RAM so we can expect a performance improvement.

10. What is a good processor speed for everyday use?

Ans:-  Between 3.50 to 4.2 GHz

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