Help Me Choose: Video Card

Whether you’re gaming, watching DVDs or editing video, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the computer monitor itself, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall gaming graphics.

How video cards work

Discrete video cards can provide better performance, as compared to integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing unit (GPU). Because of their onboard GPU, discrete video cards don’t have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance, store textures using game graphics and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. High-performance graphics cards require a significant amount of graphics memory.
NVIDIA® GeForce® video cards offer supercharged performance in high-definition (HD) video playback and enhancements, high-resolution photo editing, accelerated web browsing, immersive 3D content and next-generation gaming.

One reason why NVIDIA® GeForce® video cards are so powerful is because they have dedicated graphics memory. This means that the video card’s graphical processing unit (GPU) has its own source of memory and doesn’t use the memory that your computer uses. This design frees up system memory, which helps improve the overall system and graphics performance of your computer.

In addition, as a dedicated video card, the physical hardware is a separate component that plugs into an expansion slot on the motherboard. You can easily remove and replace the video card if you need to.

HD Videos and Photos

Edit HD videos and high-resolution photos fast and easy
Upgrade to NVIDIA® GeForce® to get the boost your PC needs to accelerate your digital life. Watch 1080p high-definition (HD) videos and render high-resolution photos instantly.

Additional hardware and software may be required for full functionality.

NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology unlocks the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks — such as video transcoding and photo/video editing.

3D Your PC

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ transforms your supported PC games and digital photographs into full stereoscopic 3D for an interactive experience.

To upgrade your PC to support 3D, you’ll need the following NVIDIA® technologies: NVIDIA® GeForce® video card, NVIDIA® 3D Vision™-Ready display (LCD monitor, projector or television) and the NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ active shutter glasses.

In addition, your PC must meet the minimum system requirements: Windows Vista 32/64-bit or Windows 7 32/64-bit, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 CPU, 1GB of system memory (2GB is recommended) and 100MB free disk space.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™
A 3D Vision™ PC can fundamentally change the way you interact with your PC. Imagine playing over 500 existing PC games, watching Blu-ray 3D movies, taking your own photographs or watching the latest 3D videos, all in HD stereoscopic 3D. Now you can with a 3D Vision™ PC.

Enjoy the power of your NVIDIA® GeForce graphics. With NVIDIA® 3DTV Play™ software and the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) 1.4 connection on your laptop, you can easily connect to a compatible 3D TV to enjoy 3D content on the big screen.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround
Harness the massive graphics power of select GeForce GPUs in SLI™ to experience panoramic gaming across three 1080 p screens in full stereoscopic 3D.

Next-Gen Gaming

NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs deliver performance and technologies for a superb gaming experience — from 3D Vision™ to surround multimonitor gaming, PhysX® and the unbeatable power of SLI.

Additional hardware, drivers or software may be required for full functionality.

DirectX® 11 Technology
DirectX® 11 GPU with Shader Model 5.0 support is designed for ultrahigh performance in the new API’s key graphics feature: GPU-accelerated tessellation.

NVIDIA® PhysX® Technology
NVIDIA® PhysX® technology adds an element of realism that is revolutionary in gaming. With an NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU in your PC, you’ll experience dynamic PhysX® effects like blazing explosions, reactive debris, realistic water and lifelike characteristics.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround
Imagine expanding your gaming real estate across three displays in full HD 3D for an immersive gaming experience. With the massive graphics power of linked (SLI) GeForce® GPUs, you can now use NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology to build a multidisplay 3D gaming experience on your PC .

NVIDIA® SLI Technology
NVIDIA® Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology intelligently scales graphics performance by combining multiple GeForce® GPUs on an SLI certified motherboard. It offers amazing performance scaling for a premier gaming solution.
NameNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 745NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750TiNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 970NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080
Width Single SlotSingle SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual Slot
Wattage 30W50W 75W 120W 145W150W180W
Controller Speed/Graphics Clock (MHz)967MHz 1033MHz1020MHz 1127MHz1050 MHz 1506MHz1607MHz
Onboard Memory Speed1000MHz900MHz2700MHz3500MHz 3505MHz 1683MHz1733MHz
Onboard Memory Data Width 64-bit 128-bit 128-bit128-bit 256-bit 256bit256bit
VR capablenonononoyesnono
API Supported DirectX® 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX® 11.2,-
OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 
DirectX® 11.2,-
OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL
DirectX® 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX® 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2 - -
Slot Requirements 3.0 Gen PClex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex163.0 Gen PCIex16
Maximum Resolution

2048 x 1536 VGA 2048 x 1536 VGA2048 x 1536 VGA 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz single DP 5120 x 3200 dual DP4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz single DP 5120 x 3200 dual DP7680x4320@60Hz7680x4320@60Hz
1920 x 1200 HDMI3840 X 2160 @ 30 Hz
4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
3840 X 2160 @ 30 Hz
4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz HDMI 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz HDMI 7680x4320@60Hz7680x4320@60Hz
2560 x 1600 DVI2560 x 1600 DVI 2560 x 1600 DVI 2560 x 1600 DVI2560 x 1600 DVI - -
Dual Display Capableyesyesyesyesyes 
 yes yes 
I/O PortsOne Dual-link DVI-D,
One Dual-link DVI-D,
One Dual-link DVI-I,
One Dual-link DVI-D,
One mHDMI,
Dual link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2Dual link DVI-I,
HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Dual Link DVI-I
HDMI 2.0
3x DisplayPort 1.4
Dual Link DVI-I
HDMI 2.0
3x DisplayPort 1.4

Compare the performance power of your graphics card according to the 3D Fire Strike v1.1 Testing.

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