10 Best New Graphics Cards Reviewed

 

Introduction

When you’re in the process of buying a new graphics card, you might become a little lost due to the sheer amount of choice that is really out there. There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to actually taking the plunge into the world of Graphics Cards, and it can become especially difficult if you really don’t know what you need to be looking for. Well, have no fear fellow computer users, E-Review are here to save the day! We have searched through the internet to find you the top 10 graphics cards that are out there on the market today (and a few helpful tips to go along with that, of course).

What Is a Graphics Card?

If you’re especially new to the computer community (or even if you’re not), you might actually be wondering what a Graphics Card even is, and why should should actually get one.

A Graphics Card (Graphics Adapter / Graphics Controller / Graphics Accelerator Card / Graphics Board) enables a computer to be able to display photos, videos, video games etc at a higher quality. It provides the graphical data to be shown in a high clarity, colour, definition and, well, overall appearance by the use of advanced graphical techniques, functions and features.

The primary feature of the Graphics Card is to remove graphical processing tasks from the computer’s processor or RAM. The Graphics Card will have a chip on it that is the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) and its own dedicated RAM that enable the Graphics Card to process the graphical data a lot quicker than if it were to go through the rest of the computer.

What To Consider

GPU

The GPU in your Graphics Card is what actually determines the video compatibility of the product that you are looking at, and is a very important factor when it comes to deciding what Graphics Card may be perfect for you. However, it can often be quite difficult to figure out how good the GPU really is when it is normally given an uninformative name. The best way to combat this to be aware of the number that follows the name of the product. For example, the most powerful product at the time of this writing is the 980 Ti, closely followed by the 970.

Clock Speed and Memory

Similarly to a CPU, the Graphics Card has a lot of the same rules to abide by – including that of clock speed and Memory. Often, just by looking at the name of the Graphics Card is enough to inform you of the all-round capabilities of the product, but by looking at the specifications of the Graphics Card, you are able to see a lot more closely what the power is really like. For example, in the higher-end Graphics Cards, that also end up costing more than the average Graphics Card, there will be more Memory, meaning the product should run to a faster level. However, lower-end Graphics Cards may sometimes have a higher clock speed to make up for the lacking Memory, but in the grand scheme of things, it will probably not make as much of a performance improvement as having a higher Memory in the Graphics Card.

Compatibility

When you’re about to set up your new Graphics Card, it can be the biggest buzzkill finding out that your Graphics Card is just that little bit too long to fit in your computer. Making sure that you understand about the size of your product in relation to your computer is essential because, no matter how good the Graphics Card is, if it doesn’t fit, you’re in a bit of a bad situation. Not only this, but it is important to understand your power supply too. Most importantly, how many watts is it, and how many amps does it supply? If your PC is not able to handle the Graphics Card, you will have to consider doing one of two things: 1. Consider paying for a power upgrade for your PC. 2. Try using your PC with less power than it should have.

Performance Means Expense

As with every product out there, you will often have to stretch your budget a bit more than you once thought to be able to get the best performance out of it, and this will definitely apply for Graphics Cards, too. You will often find that clock speed, Memory, RAM and cooling systems will be affected in quality as the price goes up and down. As well as this, if you purchase a Graphics Card that is too powerful for the rest of your computer, you may find yourself purchasing new fans and a CPU to help maintain and optimize your PC.

 

Cooling Systems

As mentioned before when describing the differences between integrated and dedicated Graphics Cards, it was mentioned that the dedicated Graphics Cards are more likely to actually become a lot hotter, and a lot quicker. This is mainly due to the sheer amount of power that the Graphics Cards contain, unlike that of an integrated Graphics Card. In order to combat this problem, and to prevent any potential damage that may be caused throughout the PC due to the heat that is produced, a cooling system should be very carefully considered. There are a number of different types of cooling systems that can help prevent both your Graphics Card, and the rest of your PC, from overheating. Firstly, there are Heat Sinks. Most Graphics Cards actually come with Heat Sinks though, which are able to help with some of the heat that is emitted. However, a lot of the time, a Heat Sink is just not enough, and other fans, or liquid cooling systems are required. Fans are the most popular form of cooling within computers, and have been used effectively for years. Although, in recent years, the use of liquid cooling has been popularised due to its effective cooling methods, the fact that it is more aesthetically pleasing than traditional fans, and they are actually a lot quieter than computers with fans.

 

Our Top Picks

EVGA GeForce Titan X SuperClock (£945.38)

Features:

  • Stream Processors: 3072
  • Core Clock: 1127MHz
  • Memory Clock: 7010MHz
  • Memory:12GB
  • Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin / 1 x 8-pin
  • Length: 267mm
  • Outputs: 3 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 1 x DVI

Pros:

  • This is the most powerful consumer GPU available.
  • 12GB of available video memory.

Cons:

  • The product is not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.
  • he price is not necessarily justifiable for the performance.


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Conclusion:
If the price does not put you off, and you are looking for a product that delivers a punch, then the Titan X SuperClock is definitely something you should be looking into. The massive 12GB of GDDR5 memory that this Graphics Card has to offer, combined with the core clock frequency of 1216MHz and 3072 shaders makes this currently the most powerful consumer GPU available.

 

Zotac GeForce GTX 980Ti AMP Extreme Edition (£599.99)

Features:

  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Core Clock: 1253MHz
  • Memory Clock: 7220MHz
  • Memory:6GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 267mm
  • Outputs: 3 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 1 x DVI

Pros:

  • Is cheaper than the Titan X and almost as powerful.
  • Very high clock speed.

Cons:

  • Should only be purchased if you want to do high-resolution gaming.
  • Still expensive, compared to other high-quality Graphics Cards.


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Conclusion:Although the GeForce GTX 980Ti has a smaller memory than the Titan X at 6GB, instead of 12GB, the fact that it has such a high clock speed can mean that the Graphics Card may often beat the Titan X and for a relatively smaller price. If you are looking at wanting to get into 4K gaming, without spending into the thousands, this may definitely be the Graphics Card for you

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Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury X (£450.99)

Features:

  • Stream Processors: 4096
  • Core Clock: 1050MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1000MHz
  • Memory:4GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 195mmOutputs: 3 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI

 

Pros:

  • Has a high bandwidth memory.
  • Over 4,000 Stream Processors, unlike many other Graphics Cards.

Cons?:

  • Only has 4GB of memory, and will struggle at 4K.
  • Water-reservoir takes up a large amount of space.


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Conclusion:This Graphics Card is noticeably smaller than those previously mentioned, meaning that it is ideal for those with a smaller set up. However, water-reservoir space should also be taken into account. The cooling system itself is able to keep your computer a lot quieter, than if you had numerous fans, however an internal fan is needed to be able to fit the cooling system. If you are on a moderate budget, and need something for casual gaming, the R9 Fury X is a Graphics Card that is worth looking into.

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Sapphire Radeon R9 Nano (£402.48)

  • Stream Processors: 4096
  • Core Clock: 1000MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1000MHz
  • Memory:4GB
  • Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin
  • Length: 152mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • Is very small and will not take up as much space as most other products.
  • Has a low power consumption.

Cons:

  • Power does not live up to that of the R9 Fury X..
  • The fact that it is a smaller product does not make a difference to the price.


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Sapphire Radeon R9 Nano (£402.48)

  • Stream Processors: 4096
  • Core Clock: 1000MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1000MHz
  • Memory:4GB
  • Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin
  • Length: 152mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • Is very small and will not take up as much space as most other products.
  • Has a low power consumption.

Cons:

  • Power does not live up to that of the R9 Fury X..
  • The fact that it is a smaller product does not make a difference to the price.


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Conclusion: With most Graphics Cards, the one thing that may put you off the idea of them is the fact that they actually take up a large amount of power, meaning that, often, you will have to up the power of the rest of your computer to compensate for the power the Graphics Card actually needs. However, with the R9 Nano, this is not the case at all. With a low power consumption (and size) this is the perfect Graphics Card for those that do not wish to upgrade their entire computer.

 

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Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (£402.99)

  • Stream Processors: 2048
  • Core Clock: 1203MHz
  • Memory Clock: 7200MHz
  • Memory:4GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 6-pin
  • Length: 269mm
  • Outputs: 3 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • Prices can vary greatly, so you may be able to get a great deal.
  • Offers a great gaming performance, despite some lacking specifications.

Cons:

  • Only has 4GB of memory, which lets down the potential of the Graphics Card.
  • Overclocked models are very pricey, when they do not have to be.


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Conclusion: If you are looking to be able to enter the world of 4K gaming with a decent Graphics Card, look no further. While it may not be able to handle ultra quality settings, this Graphics Card will enable you to play rather comfortably on medium settings without any slipups. This card used to be known more popularly as ‘Nvidia’s fastest non-Titan’, as it was able to offer such a high power, so we’re not kidding around when we say this is a good Graphics Card to go for.

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Sapphire Radeon R9 Tri-X 390X (£320.50)

  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Core Clock: 1055MHz
  • Memory Clock: 6000MHz
  • Memory:8GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 308mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • Has a triple fan-cooler, meaning that a cooling system may not even be required.
  • Lower price than its main competitor, the GTX 980.

Cons:

  • Uses 375 Watts of power consumption.
  • Rather than HBM, uses GDDR5 memory.


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Conclusion:  If you are looking for mainstream performance without breaking the bank too much, then this might be just the Graphics Card that you are looking for. With 1664 stream processors, 4GB of memory and a core clock of 1140MHz, this baby will even let you get away with gaming at around 2560 x 1440 without even breaking a sweat. However, you may have to deal slightly with a little bit of leniency when it comes to 4K gaming.

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Asus Radeon R9 380X OC STRIX (£169.99)

  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Core Clock: 1055MHz
  • Memory Clock: 6000MHz
  • Memory:8GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 308mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • 1080p performance is excellant.
  • Middling 1440p prowess.

Cons:

  • Some quicker GPUs aren’t that much more expensive.
  • Rather than HBM, uses GDDR5 memory.


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Conclusion: For under £200, this Graphics Card, similarly to the GTX 970, is able to cope with 1080p gaming without any issues. The Graphics Card itself, in terms of raw performance, can actually be better related to that of the GTX 960, which is very impressive once you consider the difference in cost. Not only this, but this Graphics Card delivers a quiet performance when it comes to its use, as the Asus STRIX cooling system that it uses only kicks its fans in when the temperature hits around 60.c.

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Asus GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU2 OC Strix (£120.00)

  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Core Clock: 1055MHz
  • Memory Clock: 6000MHz
  • Memory:8GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 308mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • 1080p performance is excellant.
  • Middling 1440p prowess.

Cons:

  • Some quicker GPUs aren’t that much more expensive.
  • Rather than HBM, uses GDDR5 memory.


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Conclusion: For under £200, this Graphics Card, similarly to the GTX 970, is able to cope with 1080p gaming without any issues. The Graphics Card itself, in terms of raw performance, can actually be better related to that of the GTX 960, which is very impressive once you consider the difference in cost. Not only this, but this Graphics Card delivers a quiet performance when it comes to its use, as the Asus STRIX cooling system that it uses only kicks its fans in when the temperature hits around 60.c.

 

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Asus Radeon R9 380X OC STRIX (£169.99)

  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Core Clock: 1055MHz
  • Memory Clock: 6000MHz
  • Memory:8GB
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
  • Length: 308mm
  • Outputs: 1 x Displayport / 1 x HDMI / 2 x DVI

Pros:

  • 1080p performance is excellant.
  • Middling 1440p prowess.

Cons:

  • Some quicker GPUs aren’t that much more expensive.
  • Rather than HBM, uses GDDR5 memory.


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Conclusion: For under £200, this Graphics Card, similarly to the GTX 970, is able to cope with 1080p gaming without any issues. The Graphics Card itself, in terms of raw performance, can actually be better related to that of the GTX 960, which is very impressive once you consider the difference in cost. Not only this, but this Graphics Card delivers a quiet performance when it comes to its use, as the Asus STRIX cooling system that it uses only kicks its fans in when the temperature hits around 60.c.

 

 

 

 

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