How to choose a video card?

Everyone knows that a video card is a very important element in a computer. Especially when it comes to gaming PC. If you want the games to “fly”, and the graphics are striking in their beauty, then you should not save on the video card. You should also know by what criteria you need to choose a video card. Therefore, we will talk about how to choose the right graphics card, what characteristics to pay attention to in the first place.

Video card manufacturers

It should immediately be said that it is impossible to give correct advice on a specific video card manufacturer. Too much here depends on the specific characteristics of the video card, their models, and so on. The main recommendation would be: buy a video card in a branded box, so that there are no surprises later.

As for manufacturers, there are currently two giants on the market:

  • AMD (Radeon)
  • NVIDIA (GeForce)

Therefore, focus only on the products of these two manufacturers. On all others you should not even pay attention.

Expansion slots

If you decide to upgrade your computer, then when buying a video card you should always take into account the fact that new models may simply not be suitable for an outdated motherboard. For the reason that there are not only different types of expansion slots, but also their different versions. Therefore, it is very important to know what connectors are in the system of your computer and to buy the video card that can be connected to these connectors. Fortunately, all more or less modern processors use a single type of interface called PCI Express. If your system uses an AGP interface, which is more outdated, then you will not be able to buy a video card alone. We'll have to change the motherboard too.

Video memory capacity

As a rule, inexperienced users overestimate the value of the amount of video memory. That is why, many people, not knowing how to choose a video card, choose it exclusively for this characteristic. We are talking about exaggeration for the simple reason that the increase in performance that a video card with a large amount of video memory provides will only increase to a certain amount.Simply put, a graphics card with 1.6 GB of video memory works at exactly the same speed as a card with 3 GB. The exceptions are very demanding games with ultra-high resolution. Thus, we can say that the video card has more significant characteristics than the amount of video memory.

GPU clock speed

Such a processor, placed directly on the video adapter, performs graphic rendering. The frequency of the graphics processor is always measured in megahertz. Such a characteristic affects the performance of a video chip in the most direct way. And the higher this frequency will be, the more work can be done per unit of time, there will be an opportunity to process more pixels and so on. It also happens that different parts of the GPU work at different frequencies. This is done solely to increase the performance of the video card.

Connectors (video outputs)

It is also important to consider what kind of monitor you have. For example, for modern LCD monitors it is very desirable that the purchased video card has connectors such as HDMI, DisplayPort or DVI.Fortunately, all modern video cards are equipped with just such ports. It happens that it is one of them, and it happens that all three together. Please note that if you need a resolution higher than 1920x1200 using the DVI digital output, then the video card should be connected to your monitor using a cable and a connector with support for Dual-Link DVI.

Cooling systems

Since video cards consume a lot of energy, they emit, respectively, a large amount of heat. This heat must be removed from them using a cooling system. Without a good cooler, the video chip will overheat and quickly fail. Coolers today are either single-slot, double-slot, or three-slot (it all depends on the occupied space). The larger the cooler, the better the cooling of the video card, respectively.

The issue of noise cooling system is also quite important. Some of the video cards have quite noisy coolers that cool well, but bring discomfort to the computer owner.

How to choose a graphics card for a laptop

Everything is quite simple here. To choose a graphics card for a laptop, first of all, you need to decide what you need this laptop for.If for games or work with complex graphic editors, then choose a more powerful map, guided by the tips above. If you need a laptop for watching movies and the Internet, then you can choose a budget video card option.

We really hope that now you know how to choose a video card for a computer, and what its characteristics should be paid special attention to.

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