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AMD offers many high-end products for processing including CPUs and graphics cards that are powerful in delivering crystal clear images and fast load times to monitors and digital signage.

AMD products are well loved for their superior products that are easily accessible for any budget. They power everything from the Microsoft® Xbox One™ and Windows 10-based laptops, to 5K iMacs, the MacBook Pro and beyond.

Graphics Cards

A graphics card is a piece of computer hardware that produces the image you see on a monitor. The graphics card renders an image to your monitor by converting data into an analog or digital signal your monitor can read.

  • An integrated graphics card is built into the motherboard or CPU. Integrated graphics can be found in most standard laptops and computers; they are affordable but are not upgradable.
  • Discrete graphics cards are installed on the motherboard as an additional component. This is optimal for those that want to upgrade their graphics and make necessary modifications to their system.

Integrated graphics are fine for people that use computers for surfing the web, creating documents or watching movies. But for users who need more from their computer or monitor, for those that do a lot of video editing, displays, and gaming, a dedicated graphics card is required for faster image processing time. Without this, a user may find their programs lagging, or experience visual anomalies.


In laymen’s terms, a processor is basically your computer’s brain. It responds to and processes the basic instructions that drive a computer, it determines which tasks are important and organizes them to our computer’s needs. The processor is less commonly known as a central processing unit or CPU. In a personal computer or smaller devices, the processor is more commonly known as a microprocessor. Processors can come as dual core, triple core, and quad core. This is easily explained by the name. A dual core equals two CPU’s, a triple core equals three CPU’s, and so on.

Socket AM3+

The FX series processors are based on Socket AM3+, the 900 series chipset based motherboards will obviously be 100% compatible. But that doesn’t mean that certain series of the 800 motherboards won’t work with the 2nd generation FX processors. Several motherboard manufacturers have already announced mainboard compatibility with “future” AM3+ multi-core processors. Please check with your motherboard manufacturer and see if your AMD 800 series mainboard with AM3+ CPU is supported (BIOS update), then you could enjoy the benefits of the new 32nm processors with 2nd generation Turbo Core technology as well.


AMD made a splash back into the high-end CPU market with the much-anticipated launch of Ryzen: from quad core all the way up to 16 core with hyperthreading, an all new socket AM4, and support for DDR4 and much more. Matching Intel (and in some instance beating them) in performance breathes new life in the industry with some much-needed competition. AMD always have had dominance in the price/performance category for systems builders for years. We can’t wait to see what they come out with next!

Smart Homes Smart Offices of Michigan, servicing the Greater Lansing area and beyond has made it their priority to bring you the most innovative, streamlined technologies to your home or business. Our team of highly experienced and qualified installers, designers and programmers keep abreast of the latest, ever-evolving, cutting edge technologies. Our highly skilled team has the expertise to design and install a customized system specific to your needs – whether it’s a retrofit project or new construction.

Since 2001 SHSO has focused on bringing quality technology solutions to our customers. Our mission to be the preferred technology company in Michigan guides us in our daily interactions with each other and our customers. Let the Smart Offices team solve your technology problems so you can concentrate on your home or business.

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