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graphics switching

In a laptop computer that has both integrated graphics built into the chipset and discrete graphics circuitry (GPU), graphics switching alternates between the two to save battery life. A GPU takes more power than the chipset graphics. The switching may be automatic or manually controlled by the user. See integrated graphics and GPU.
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Apple's automatic graphics switching determines which graphics processor an application needs and switches instantly between processors to deliver peak performance and long battery life.
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The Dell XPS 14z comes with a choice of 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual core processors, Nvidia GeForce GT520M with 1GB video memory, Nvidia Optimus graphics switching technology, 14-inch 1366x768 pixel WLED TruLife screen, backlit and spill-resistant chiclet-style keyboard, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (up to 8GB DDR3), 500GB 7,200RPM HDD (up to 750GB), DVD writer, integrated Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 for Wi-Fi 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity, Intel Wi-Di (Wireless Display), and a 8-cell battery that is rated to deliver up to 6 hours and 42 minutes of battery life.
The new 15-inch Inspiron 15R sports the latest Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3-2310M processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics with Optimus automatic graphics switching feature.
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