How do you choose a graphics card?
Buying a graphics card, whether for a new set from scratch or a computer that requires expansion, boils down to answering one basic question: what will it be used for?
Keep in mind that there is no perfect, universal graphics card that will be affordable, and at the same time will allow you to run every new game on the market. Therefore, answering this question and determining the budget, will allow to narrow the circle of models considered.
Currently, integrated circuits have power and performance similar to the weakest and older dedicated cards (external, not connected to the processor). If the computer is used to watch movies and office work, all you need is a card integrated with the latest (or almost newest) processor model. Indispensable for watching movies and sporadically running moderately demanding games, you just need a medium-class dedicated card. Perfect for playing the latest titles that require a large amount of power, you should already decide on a very efficient card dedicated with good active cooling.
One solution is to use a hybrid card, ie a combination of an integrated and dedicated system. This will allow you to combine power and increase your computer’s performance without having to invest in more expensive solutions in the form of external graphics cards. For the most demanding players, graphic card manufacturers have prepared the possibility of combining two (or more) models of powerful graphics cards. The solution is called differently by SLI producers – in nVidia and CrossFire – at AMD.
In any case, check if the board supports support for two (or more) graphics accelerators. Although the power does not increase in proportion to the number of connected cards, a significant difference is felt during the game. In a situation where the computer is being expanded, and not created from scratch, it is sometimes worth choosing to combine two medium-class graphics cards than buying very expensive top models from the top shelf. When choosing a graphics card, it is worth checking the native screen resolution, and then check how efficient the layout is with such settings. This is important, especially for aesthetes and real lovers of computer entertainment, who want to avoid deterioration of image quality while playing and enjoy the details at the highest level.