Help Me Choose: Video Card

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

When choosing a video card, it is important to keep in mind what you want to use your computer for. If you want it to handle word processing, email and web browsing, then most likely a standard video card will work for you.

However, if you want to use your computer to:

• Watch high-definition (HD) movies
• Multitask and switch between intensive applications
• Edit HD videos and high-resolution photos
• View 3D content such as 3D PC games and 3D Blue-ray movies
• Fully experience the latest PC games’ features, special effects and graphics

Then you will want to spend the extra money to upgrade to an NVIDIA® GeForce® video card.
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.
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.
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 on 3D visionlive.com, all in HD stereoscopic 3D. Now you can with a 3D Vision PC.

NVIDIA 3D TV Play
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.
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.
NameAMD Radeon™ HD 7570AMD Radeon HD 7770AMD Radeon HD 7870AMD Radeon
HD 8870
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 620NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 635NVIDIA GeForce GT 640NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650TiNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 660
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660TiNVIDIA GeForce GT 750MNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 720 1GB DDR3  NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 745 4GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750Ti 2GB GDDR5 AMD®
Radeon™ R9 270
2G GDDR5
 Discrete Memory1GB GDDR5  2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR52GB GDDR5  1GB DDR31G DDR3  1GB DDR51 GB
 GDDR5 
1 GB
GDDR5 
1.5GB GDDR5  2GB GDDR52GB GDDR5 1GB DDR3  4GB DDR32GB GDDR5 2G GDDR5 
Width  SingleDual Slot  Dual Slot Dual Slot SingleSingle Slot Single Single Slot/Full HeightDual Width/Full Height Dual SlotDual Slot  Single Slot Single Slot  Dual Slot Dual Slot
Wattage Sub 50W 105W 190W  200W25W 31WSub 75W  52.5W110W Sub 150W  140W 35–40W 30W 50W 75W150W 
 Controller Speed/Graphics Clock (MHz)650MHz  1000MHz1000MHz 1000MHz  810MHz967 MHz 950MHz  823MHz 928MHz823MHz 980MHz  941MHz(min.),
max. clock is dynamic.
967MHz  1033MHz1020 MHz 925 MHz 
 Onboard Memory Speed800MHz1125MHz1200MHz1200MHz898MHz 1001MHz 1250MHz2000MHz2700MHz2800MHz6.0GB/sec2.5GHz1001  900 2700MHz 1400 MHz
Onboard Memory Data Width 128 bit 128 bit  256 bit256 bit 64 bit 64bit 128 bit  128 bit 128 bit192 bit 192 bit 128 bit  64-bit 128-bit128-bit  256-bit
API Supported  DirectX® 11, OpenGL 4.1DirectX 11 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2  DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.3 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1CUDA, DirectX 11, PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA Supported Technologies DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1 DirectX 11, PhysX, CUDA, 3D Vision, TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive VSync, NVIDIA Surround DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2 3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround, CUDA, DirectX 11, PhysX, SLI, TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive VSync, GPU Boost  DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2 DirectX 11.2, - OpenGL 4.4, OpenCLDirectX 11.2, - OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL  DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, Mantle
Slot Requirements 2.1 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIe x16  3.0 Gen PCIe x162.1 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIe x16 3.0 Gen PCIe x162.1 or 3.0 Gen PCIe x16  3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16  3.0 Gen PCIex16 3.0 Gen PCIex16
Maximum Resolution 2048 x 1536 VGA 2560 x 1600 DP 4096 x 2160 DP  4096 x 2160 DP1920 x 1200 HDMI 2560x1600 DVI  2560 x 1600 DP2560 x 1600 DP 2560 x 1600 DVI 2048 x 1536 Analog4096 x 2160 DVI   2048x1536 analog 2048x1536 analog2048x1536 analog 4096x2160 DP 
1920 x 1200 HDMI  1920 x 1080 HDMI4096 x 2160 HDMI  1920 x 1080 HDMI2560 x 1600 DVI 2048 x 1536 VGA 1920 x 1200 HDMI2560 x 1600 DVI  4096 x 2160 HDMI1920 x 1080 HDMI 2048 x 1536 VGA  1920x1080 HDMI 1920x1080 HDMI 1920x1080 HDMI 4096x2160 HDMI
2560 x 1600 DVI 2560 x 1600 DVI 2560 x 1600 DVI 2560 x 1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2048 x 1536 VGA 1920x1200 HDMI 2560 x 1600 DVI 1920 x 1200 HDMI  2560 x 1600 DVI   2560x1600 DVI  2560x1600 DVI 2560x1600 DVI2560x1600 DVI 
 Dual Display Capable yes yes yes yes yesyes  yes yes yes
(only 3 I/O)
no  yes yes  yesyes  yes
 I/O Ports M209A
1x DVI
1x HDMI

ML209A
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
 
 1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x Mini-DisplayPort
 2x mDP, HDMI, DVIM117N
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x VGA

ML117N
1x DVI
1x HDMI 
VGA , DVI , HDMI  1x DVI
1x HMDI
1x DisplayPort
1x DP 1.2
1x HDMI 
DL-DVI, SL-DVI, mHDMI One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort One Dual Link DVI-I
One Dual Link DVI-D
One HDMI
One DisplayPort
 
  One Dual-link DVI-D, One HDMI, One VGA One Dual-link DVI-D, One HDMI, One VGAOne Dual-link DVI-I, One Dual link DVI-D, One mHDMI One Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPort 
Dongles 1x DVI to VGA 1x DVI to VGA 2x mDP to DP
1x DVI to HDMI 
mDP-DP 1x DVI to VGA DVI-VGA 1x DVI to VGA N/A  DVI-VGA      Aurora: DVI-VGA Aurora: DVI-VGA