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How to choose a graphics or video card?

Jayz2Cents is here to the rescue. He first explains what those 8 – 12 manufacturers of graphics card do to those cards and then gives us details about what matters. Most often than not, some manufacturers will choose to add a ton of features to the base graphics cards someone like Nvidia prints specs out for.

Nvidia gives out the specs, but manufacturers are free to add whatever they want. This is why you see that the video cards may have different fans or different VRAM.

Now, to what matters: the amount of VRAM the cards nowadays have is typically 2GB, but you may need more if you have monitors that run above 1080p. MSAA might consume large amounts of VRAM but you woudl not need it if you run even at 1080p.

Usually when its about graphics cards I look for these things:
– GPU – the more the better, needs to be above 1GHz
– VRAM – it needs to be GDDR5 and at least 3-4 GB
– bits – usually you will find with 128 bit BUSes, but I’d choose those with 512 bit

A card like the one from above would cost easily above 500 USD, but it makes magic.

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Graphics cards comparison: Radeon R9 285 vs R9 290 vs GTX 760

Only recently I found out that the R9 graphics line from ATI was build upon the HD7000 series and so on. In any case, the guys were going up with the numbers like crazy. Setting on R9 as name is a good choice.

While R9 280 is build upon an older HD7000 graphics card, the R9 285 is a totally new thing. From that point on we’re talking new type of graphics cards and the 285 crushes the 280 and the GTX 760.

You can rest assured that if you buy a R9 295 you’ll all set for at least two years, until the game developers find out how to use more of your computer’s resources. For now, if you wanna buy a graphics card choose one starting with R9 285 and above. Great and quite cheap.