When looking for a new computer a lot of people ask their technologically inclined friend what options they need and which ones to pass on. One question that comes up more often these days from notebook shoppers is, "Do I need a GPU?"
It used to be that any question about graphics came back to whether or not the purchaser was a gamer but anymore adding a GPU or Graphical Processing Unit to your notebook is about more than gaming.
Back in 2004 our notebook partners faced a tough problem â€“ every notebook needed to be custom engineered for each GPU. That might not make a difference to consumers, who just buy complete notebooks with a GPU inside, but the problem with custom engineering is that it takes a lot more time and effort to bring a notebook to the market with the latest GPU.