Graphics cards

  • The Heart Of Your PC - Choosing Your Graphics Card

    Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen. If your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. Here, we take a look at our collection of graphics cards in our build your own PC range to help you find the best graphics card for you.

    Palit GT710, 1GB DDR3 - £33.94

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    Our lowest priced graphics card at £33.94, the Palit GT710 is a great entry level graphics card for your new machine. With a 954MHz clock speed, 1GB of memory and 192 CUDA cores, this great value graphics card is equipped to process high quality images quickly to provide a realistic gaming experience.

    Asus GT710, 2GB DDR5 - £49.99 

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    The Asus GT710 graphics card has a 954MHz clock speed, 2GB memory and 192 CUDA cores to provide premium quality graphics for a great value price. Meanwhile, the GT 710’s 0dB thermal design and AUTO-EXTREME technology enhances efficiency, reduces power loss and decreases component noise.

    Palit GeForce GT1030, 2GB DDR4 - £81.28

     

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    The Palit Ge Force boasts an impressive 384 CUDA Cores, a 1227MHz clock speed and 2GB DDR4 memory to provide. This combined with the latest NVIDIA technology, accelerates your entire PC and produces high-performance, state of the art graphics for a great price!

    Palit GTX1050 StormX, 2GB DDR5 - £151.87

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    Play classic and modern games at 1080p @ 60 FPS with the most advanced GeForce FTX graphics card in our collection. With 2GB DDR5 memory, 640 CUDA Cores, 1354 MHz clock speed, power efficiency, TurboFan blad and all new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the Palit GTX1050 is the perfect graphics card for the avid gamer.

    Asus Cerberus GTX1050 Ti Advanced 4GB - £199.87

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    With 4GB GDDR5, dual fan design, Super Alloy Power II, 768 CUDA Cores and 1303 MHz base clock speed, the Cerberus GTX1050 offers enhanced reliability and gamer performance for fast paced gaming marathons.

    With a great range of graphics cards to suit a variety of budgets and gaming needs, our build your own PC range offers high quality gaming for everyone. Shop online now!

  • Which Graphics Card Should I Buy?

    Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen, so, if your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. But, what should you really be looking for in a graphics card?

    Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99. Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99.

    Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Type

    Graphics cards have a dedicated video memory and a graphics processing unit (GPU) which can handle any number of different calculations like lighting surfaces and mapping textures whilst producing millions of polygons.

    Most graphics cards use AMD, Intel or NVidia, all of which perform well. However, matching your GPU with your processor or chipset is ideal for maximum compatibility. So, an AMD CPU pairs perfectly with an AMD graphics card, while a NVidia chipset works best with a NVidia graphics card over AMD or Intel.

    GPU Clock Speed

    On average, the higher the number, the faster the GPU, which is exactly what you want when playing high-speed, first person shooter games. However, other factors will also play a factor in the speed of your Graphics Card, so it’s worth considering the specification as a whole, not in isolation.

    Memory Bandwidth

    Measured in gigabytes per second, Memory Bandwidth is the speed of your RAM. More memory bandwidth means you can draw faster and higher quality images.

    Memory bandwidth is calculated by the memory clock, type and width. The most common memory type is DDR, Double Data Rate, which essentially transfers two memory values for each memory clock cycle.

    Again, memory bandwidth, although important, is best combined with other features to get the best performance graphics card.

    NVidia CUDA Cores and AMD Shaders

    Although NVidia’s Cores and AMD’s Shader have different names, these respective technologies essentially work out how to shade 3D objects and how to show light affecting them so that images look as realistic as possible on screen.

    In gaming especially, the more CUDA cores or Shaders the better, given the importance of graphics and Frames Per Second (FPS).

    Compatibility

    As graphics cards slot into the motherboard’s PCI Express (PCIe) slots, it is vital to check there are slots available on your motherboard and that they support the maximum PCIe version and card width.

    It is also advisable to check your power supply connector, card dimensions and resolutions supported, number of monitors that can be plugged in and the port, either HDMI or DVI, on the card itself.

    Expertec’s PC’s come with the latest graphics cards installed and we also sell a great range of graphics cards so you can have the best gaming experience!

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