There is no component that has a bigger direct impact on your gaming experience than your video card will, so naturally, you’re going to want the best card for your price range and gaming needs.
A video card is essentially another CPU that’s only responsible for the processing of graphics related tasks. Therefore, a higher end card not only relieves your CPU of the workload of having to carry out said graphical tasks, but also improves the quality of visual effects that your rig can display. This will increase the performance of your computer significantly.
In this post we’re going to look at the best graphics cards that you can get for gaming, as of 2014…
1 The AMD Radeon R9 290X
With 4GB of DDR5 volatile memory at your disposal, you’ll rarely, if ever, run out of VRAM. Not to mention the 1 GHZ + stock clock speed, full support for 4K gaming (4K60 or SST or MST), and AMD’s new API, Mantle. The only ‘drawback’ is that it runs hot and is rather noisy when on full power, which to me is a pro, who doesn’t love a beastly sounding card?
2 The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 TI
With a core base clock of 876 MHz and a whopping 2880 CUDA cores, you can clearly see that NVIDIA means business with this card. NVIDIA have also supported the overclocking community even further with an advanced three rail PWM with load balancing, making for far superior overclocks and stability. However, the main drawback is the 3 GB of DDR5 ram under the trunk.
3 The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
With a core clocked at 1137 MHz, and capablity of up to triple SLI, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX770 is a great graphics card. Furthermore, inside is a 256 bit memory interface, packed alongside 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Last of all is the CUDA compatibility on board. A great card for a great price!
4 The AMD Radeon R9 280
With the ability to crossfire up to 4 cards together ( bridge required) and stream to up to 6 displays (with a DP MST hub), this AMD card is great. Full support for 4K gaming ( 4K60 or SST or MST), as well as the mantle API builds on top of this. However, this card is a slightly toned down version of the 290, but still a formidable card nonetheless.
5 You choose!
Now it’s your turn… What card do you think is worthy enough to be position 5 on this list? Do you disagree with any of my choices? Tell me down in the comments below!
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