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I've never had one with a dedicated video card but I don't see this as a biggie. I can't imagine that you could upgrade the video card in a laptop and, to me, that seems the only reason to have a separate card. Incidentally, that's the reason my son's next gaming system will be a desktop/tower rather than a laptop.

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If you want to play 3d games or develop with Cuda/OpenCL, very. For browsing the web and 'normal' development, not so much.

Neither my MBP and XPS have one, both are lightweight and quiet, and both cope fine with a big external monitor.

Also, if you plan on running Linux on your laptop, drivers become an issue. Especially if your machine supports switching between onboard and GPU modes.

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It depends is the correct answer I think. For systems with Intel processors, there is a built-in Intel GPU that these days is pretty good from the performance perspective. If you don't need the highest performance graphics (top-end gaming, video processing, etc) then a dedicated GPU such as an nVidia card is overkill.

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