Im taking graphic design at the moment and need to buy a new laptop in order to complete my assignments. I found one for a good price (I am a bit strapped for cash) which offers 8 gb of ram and an Intel HD Graphics 520 with up to 4169 MB total graphics memory. This description is a bit unclear since this is a shared graphics card which, if I'm not mistaken, will share the workload with the ram.
I know plenty of mac models use this same sharing method and they are pretty well known for powerful graphics capabilities. Will this graphics card setup hinder performance or lag while rendering my images? Is there any difference in the actual workflow between a dedicated graphics and shared graphics card? For example, waiting an extended period of time for rendering once I apply changes to a photo? (which would apply to a shared setup i imagine)
I know I will be taking Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Photography, Digital Video Editing, Digital Imaging (Adobe Illustrator), Digital Page Design and Computer Animation. I need something that can handle all of these and the question is whether or not a shared-memory GPU will suffice or if I should I turn to a dedicated graphics card (will my workflow be interrupted by the laggy response of a shared graphics card or does that not make a difference?)