If you use a computer at work (and who doesn't?) you might think your system's built-in graphics are good enough for your needs.
Most computer systems come with integrated graphics, which consist of basic hardware capable of supporting a single screen. But that’s usually not enough to keep up with the many programs and setups you'll likely need to use in today's work place.
If you're like most employees, you run a mix of applications, including video for training and communications, and 3D graphics for charting and graphing. All of these applications run more smoothly with a boost from a GPU. As the next generation web applications and browsers come on line, you can take advantage of all the new features, even if you're using multiple windows and two or more monitors, by adding a low-cost GPU.
Say you want to try teleconferencing. It's an increasingly popular alternative to travel. But it requires multiple video streams, and we’re even starting to see 3D-enabled teleconferencing, like the DVE Immersion Room, which can max out your integrated graphics. Multiple monitors are also increasingly common, while wraparound displays like the Ostendo CRVD offer high resolutions in a more natural format. These displays offer high resolutions and custom formats that work best with dedicated graphics hardware.
When it comes to increasing productivity at work, research shows that multiple displays are a worthy investment. A 2003 study performed by Microsoft showed that workers with dual displays got more done. Seven years later, we use more information than ever at work and require even more screen real estate. Fortunately, multiple display capability has become affordable. An ATI Radeon HD 5450 GPU costs less than $100 and enables a triple-display desktop. A variety of 22-inch, 1080p business class displays can be found for well under $200, so you can upgrade to a triple monitor AMD Eyefinity technology setup for well under $600, including cables.
Using AMD Eyefinity technology, three 1080p LCD panels in portrait mode can create a single virtual display of 3240 x 1920 pixels — each capable of displaying a full page. Financial analysts or graphic designers, for example, might benefit from even more than three displays.
Multi-monitor desktops can also extend system life spans. And for less than the cost of a system, adding a second monitor and an entry level AMD Radeon graphics to your PC can increase system responsiveness and productivity.
In the end, businesses can help employees perform more efficiently, communicate more effectively, and in the long run save money -- all by adding an inexpensive GPU and additional monitors to their computer systems.
This story, "Improve Graphics to Increase Productivity" was originally published by BrandPost.