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The Best Graphics Cards 2017

At the same time as the cards that are available in most computer systems can handle video streaming in HD, any challenge past that could be too much for them to bear. The weakness of a preferred Graphics card is maximum apparent while gaming, as you push your show to expose nuanced information in a quick, ever-changing panorama. The alternatives we've got protected in our listing will take your gaming or video editing to smooth new heights.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo Graphic Card TURBO-GTX1080-8GEVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6253-KRNVIDIA GeForce Titan X Pascal 12GB GDDR5X (900-1G611-2500-000)MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready Graphics Card (GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G)ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Dual-fan OC Edition VR Ready Dual HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G)MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB CrossFire VR Ready FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (RX 480 GAMING X 8G)MSI GAMING Radeon RX 470 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (RX 470 ARMOR 4G OC)SUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 O4G Gaming OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RX570-O4G-GAMING)

The Four Most Important Things to Know about Graphics Cards

Every time you upgrade one piece of hardware in your beast of a desktop PC, you always have to consider whether or not the rest of the hardware can handle it. A motherboard without PCI Express 3.0 is not going to support a current generation graphics card and a current generation graphics card is not going to accept anything less than a 400-watt power supply.

Knowing that the most important aspect of a high-end graphics card is whether or not it will support the maximum settings on the most recent games, the fact still remains that you cannot take advantage of such a card if you don't have the power to run it.

Thus, the first thing you need to know about your new graphics card is whether or not you have the wattage to get so much as the fans up and running. Does it require a 750-watt power supply? Can you even fit a 750-watt power supply, which is going to be twice the dimensions of a 250-watt supply, in your current case? If not, chances are your motherboard is too small, you may not have enough dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), and your processor may be behind the times.

In the event you already have enough power to run your card of choice, there are three other things worth taking into consideration: video RAM (VRAM), memory interface width, and clock speed.

The more VRAM your card has, the higher the resolution at which your card can render graphics in real-time. The greater the memory interface width, the quicker your card can render those graphics. The higher the clock speed, the faster your graphics card can process the data stored by the VRAM.

Thus, these three things can be prioritized in order: the more data you store, the more data you have to work with, and the more data you have to work with, the more inclined you are to maintain the highest possible speed.

Understanding the Law of Diminishing Returns


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While shopping around for a new graphics card, we often come across the term diminishing returns--a term that applies, in our case, to both the prices of graphics cards and the number of polygons used in computer graphics during the video game development process.

Diminishing returns due to increases in the number of polygons used directly affect the diminishing returns we experience as the prices of graphics cards begin to exceed a community agreed-upon amount; about $325 as of last year; about $400 today.

As computer-generated imagery (CGI) artists double the number of polygons they use while generating a particular image, from 2,000 polygons to 4,000 to 8,000 and so on, the difference in quality between subsequent generations becomes less and less noticeable to the untrained eye. Thus, the difference between the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 is much more drastic than the difference between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, despite the fact the first and second consoles were released three years apart while the second and third were released eight years apart.

By comparison, more recent advancements in computer graphics technology have resulted in marginally better graphics than prior advancements made between, say, the original 16-bit Nintendo and the 32-bit Super Nintendo. As a result, what we end up with are price-based diminishing returns that help us to determine where to draw the line on cost while shopping around for graphics cards that best suit our needs.

On the one hand, a graphics card capable of displaying 4,000 polygons is going to be drastically better than a card only capable of displaying 2,000 polygons, but the price will be marginally different. On the other hand, a graphics card capable of displaying 2,000,000 polygons is going to be drastically more expensive than a card only capable of displaying 1,000,000 polygons, but the image quality will only be marginally different, and may even be unnoticeable to customers that don't fancy themselves videophiles.

When Graphics Cards Are Too Big for Their Britches

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One of the main issues with purchasing a current graphics card, an issue consumers never seemed to have in the past, is the ever-increasing size of the cards. Due to overclocking and the need for upwards of three large fans, thin cards that once fit snugly in PCI slots at right angles perfect enough to balance marbles on, are now fat cards that sag at obtuse angles to the point their immense weight has been known to tear PCI slots straight out of the motherboard if not given additional support; support not supplied by the manufacturers of either the over-sized graphics cards or the computer cases that houses them.

What consumers end up with is the need to use household items that would otherwise never be seen inside a computer case performing feats of great strength that motherboards themselves are not designed to adequately perform. Bundles of twigs wrapped in duct tape should not be considered obligatory while building a high-end gaming PC.

Alas, computer hardware manufacturers have never been ones to cooperate. An NVidia graphics card manufactured by EVGA should be paired with a motherboard manufactured by EVGA, otherwise you run the risk, however so slight, that the drivers for each will start bickering just as you're about to beat the final boss of Dark Souls III or finish rendering an animation for your latest YouTube video.

In the end, it's up to you. Can your current motherboard support the weight of your new graphics card? Do you have the engineering skills to prop it up with sticks or toys? Will the new card fit inside your current case?

Perhaps on top of recommending one brand over the other, the gurus of the PC master race should recommend carrying a ruler and a spring scale whenever it comes time to do some shopping.


#8.ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 O4G Gaming OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RX570-O4G-GAMING)


Outshine the competition with the ASUS Aura Sync RGB capable ROG Strix RX 570 4G OC edition gaming graphics card. Game cooler and quieter with a 7% performance boost over reference with DirectCU II direct-GPU contact heat pipes. GPU Tweak II and FanConnect II enable intuitive system monitoring and cooling performance.


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#7.MSI GAMING Radeon RX 470 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (RX 470 ARMOR 4G OC)


Admittedly, I bought this card as a stopgap before Vega finally comes out. Why didn't I buy Nvidia instead? Overall, this card is in a kind of perfect spot. For the money, you aren't likely to get better performance and efficiency. If you never liked the idea of spending over $600 on a video card, AMD and Radeon have always been there for us.


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#6.MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB CrossFire VR Ready FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (RX 480 GAMING X 8G)


Good upgrade from my r7260x. I managed to get a nice OC of 1400 MHz core and 2150 MHz for the memory. The Card runs quiet and stays extremely cool. This is definitely one of the best Rx 480's on the market and the price was very good.


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#5.ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Dual-fan OC Edition VR Ready Dual HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G)


Powered by NVIDIA Pascal, the ASUS Dual-fan GTX 1060 delivers cool overclocked performance with a 1809MHz Boost Clock and patented wing-blade fans shrouded in white to match a variety of ASUS Signature Series Motherboards. GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster provides ultimate monitoring and streaming control, while Super Alloy Power II provides precise power delivery.


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#4.MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready Graphics Card (GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G)


MSI GEFORCE GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G Twin frozr VI thermal design raises the bar of graphics card Air cooling. Torx fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the Patented torx fan technology which generates 22% more Air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. The new fans are equipped with double ball bearings to ensure lasting smooth and silent operation. Connected to the huge heat sink are 8mm copper heat Pipes with a squared shape at the bottom for optimal heat transfer from the solid nickel-plated copper baseplate combined with premium thermal compound x to keep the pascal powerhouse cool.


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#3.NVIDIA GeForce Titan X Pascal 12GB GDDR5X (900-1G611-2500-000)


After selling my kids and having a divorce with my wife because I ain't trying to support two people in one household, I was finally able to get the gtx titan X Pascal! I lost my whole family, but it was totally worth it! Now I will finally be known as a "titan owner". Yes!!! I may have lost everyone that I loved, but at least I have a titan now! Thank you Nvidia!


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#2.EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6253-KR


The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti hits the perfect spot for that upgrade you know you need, but at the price you want! With the latest NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the 4GB GTX 1050 Ti displays stunning visuals and great performance at 1080p HD+. Installing an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti gives you the power to take on today's next-gen titles in full 1080p HD - with room to spare. These cards give you a choice of memory sizes, cooling options, factory overclocks, and power options to fit every need and every system. Of course, no GTX card would be complete without essential gaming technologies, such as NVIDIA GameStream, G-Sync, and GeForce Experience. If you've been waiting for that card that gives you the performance to take back the competitive edge, but without taking out your wallet, then the GTX 1050 Ti is the card for you!


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#1.ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo Graphic Card TURBO-GTX1080-8G


The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with Patented Wing-Blade 0dB Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance, and industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme Technology for premium quality and the best reliability. Aura RGB Lighting enables greater customization flexibility and VR-friendly HDMI ports let you easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provide intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.


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