Video Processors

Choosing a Graphics Card Right For You

Warren Buffet once said, "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get". This quote holds true in the electronics industry. Ranging from televisions to the universal remote controller, you will get what you pay for. The same can be said for graphics cards. Once identifying the unique specifications of your computer's measurements and compatibilities, you will have to decide on a brand. If you are considering upgrading a unit's graphics card with or without a budget, further investigation must be done when picking out a card. The question in the realm of graphics cards must be modified slightly to "How much price to performance will I get within a particular budget".

Who Are The Leaders of the Industry?

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Advanced Micro Devices

AMD has been a company that produced processors since the late 60s up till today. The company started producing graphics cards when Nvidia arrived on the scene in 1993. Since then they have been each other's competition in consumer grade GPUs. What is the difference between the two? First, AMD has cards that range in pricing from the low hundreds up to around $500.00 but its flagship RX 480 runs about $250.00 and the more powerful R9 which runs around $500.00 depending on where you shop.

Nvidia

Nvidia is a Graphics card company that was formed in 1993 and produced its first card in 1995. By 2002 Nvidia was named America's Fastest Growing Company. In 2005 Nvidia was producing the graphics card for Sony's Playstation 3. The Nvidia Corporation may not be hitting the price point for some customers in the market for a new card. One thing is for certain, the company knows how to make a card that is top of the line. Over years of sparing back and forth AMD and Nvidia have fought on different levels of price, performance and drivers. In the last few years, however, Nvidia has no equal when it comes to raw power and memory speeds.