9 things to know about your graphics card

9 things to know about your graphics card

A Graphics card is the most important part of a gaming PC. But, we make some terrible mistakes while buying it or sometimes after buying it. That’s why after damaging my 2 GPUs in the last 10 years, I have decided to write about 9 things you should know about your graphics card.

Before starting, this post is for complete beginners and if you are using a GPU for a long time, I think you may know my answers. But still, if you want, you can read it.

#1. When do you need a graphics card?

In most of the cases, a graphics card is installed to help processor in processing data. If you are doing graphics-oriented works like gaming, video editing, the load on the CPU increases since it has to process too many inputs/commands at the same time.

That’s why, while performing heavy tasks, a graphics card always helps the CPU, especially in the graphics related singles. Now, when you actually need a GPU?

The answer matters upon your uses. Let me clarify, if you use your PC just for chilling, enjoying Netflix, watching YouTube, you don’t have to waste a single penny on a graphics card. Because, for these tasks, processors like i3 is enough.

So, if you are one of those who don’t use your PC for work or resource-oriented works, rather you use your PC for entertainment, bingo! You don’t need to buy any GPU.

But, make sure to install a good decent CPU, at least i3, i5 preferred since you are not installing a GPU.

#2. Why you need a graphics card?

It’s simple. If you love gaming, video editing, 3d modeling, game developer, etc, you need a good GPU to perform those. In lemon terms, if you do anything which consumes resources at a very high level, you need a graphics card.

It is hard to answer for me to say which department you are gonna use in your PC. So, you have to access it yourself, just research, does the software or program you are gonna use mostly consumes/need resources, if yes, you should buy a good GPU.

Don’t worry, you can’t decide should your PC need a GPU for your activities. Just comment down or mail me to get the answer. 

#3. Does graphics card matter for video editing?

Absolutely, a graphics card is a very very important part of video editing. If you want to edit videos in your PC, at least in full HD, you must have a decent graphics card for it.

9 things to know about your graphics card

Many people confuse that if they buy a good processor with more cores and threads, they don’t need a graphics card for this. But, this is not the real truth. No matter how expensive and beast processor your system has, you must need a graphics card for video editing.

I agree, core and threads of processors matter in video editing, but the rendering speed, the smoothness of software, speed depends on a graphics card. 

Also, don’t forget about the VRAM of graphics cards. The graphics cards also have their own cores and they are perfect for processing graphics like images videos quickly. And in video editing, you are gonna use them too frequently.

That’s why in gaming also, a graphics card is highly needed.

Since video editing is a resource-hungry task and you have to use big software, a graphics card is highly recommended to make your system fast, increase speed and most importantly decrease load from CPU. (Use SSD for better results)

#4. Does graphics card use RAM?

In general, a graphics card uses video RAM (VRAM), which comes with the GPU. So, if you are using a graphics card from Nvidia or AMD, don’t worry, it is not gonna use RAM of your PC.

But, if you are using Intel’s integrated graphics, AMD’s Vega graphics, comes with the CPU then it is gonna use RAM from your system. Basically, the CPU uses the excess RAM like for graphics.

So, ya, if you are using a graphics card, then it uses VRAM, that means it is not gonna use RAM. But if you are not using a GPU, then the CPU uses RAM for processing.

#5. Does graphics card RAM size matter?

Graphics cards use their own RAM called video RAM, VRAM. Now does this RAM size matter?

Without VRAM graphics card even doesn’t work. Just imagine a desktop without RAM, it never gonna work, right?

Just like that, a graphics card without VRAM is not gonna work.

However, it is not the case that if a GPU has higher VRAM, it is strong. Since old GPUs have old architecture. So, the latest graphics card of 4GB VRAM can outperform an old GPU with 6GB VRAM.

So, with VRAM buying a GPU with the latest architecture also matters.

#6. Does the graphic card depend on the motherboard?

To overclock a good graphics card, it is very very important to have a motherboard that can handle the overclocking. When you overclock a heavy, high-end GPU, generally it radiates more heat and creates more pressure on the motherboard.

That’s why it is very important to have a powerful motherboard with a good GPU.

So, the performance of a graphics card depends on the quality of the motherboard and you should use a motherboard recommend by your GPU brand.

#7. Does graphics card affect computer speed?

Graphics cards are specially made for graphics processing and that’s why it can reduce workload from CPU. So, it can make any system way faster than before.

Actually a GPU can give huge benefits if you do high-end PC uses, your processor can easily handle tasks like watching videos, writing, a graphics card is not necessary for these purposes. But, if you do any task which needs good graphics, GPU is gonna fast forward that process. (if you are using a good GPU)

#8. Does graphics card improve video quality?

A graphics card is used to process videos, images, all graphics smoothly and also reduce the load from the CPU. That’s why the graphics card is the most essential part of gaming.

Now, a graphics card can definitely improve the video rendering speed but I don’t think it can increase the video quality. Rather it can increase the smoothness of videos. It depends upon your monitor and also on your video quality.

But, in games, the graphics card can improve video quality. Without a graphics card, you can’t play games at a good resolution. But if you have it, you can increase the video quality.

So, in games, a graphics card can increase the video quality but in general, I don’t think it can increase the video quality. It completely depends upon your monitor and quality of the video clip.

#9. is 2GB graphics card enough for gaming?

If you ask me this question back in 2014, I say yes, it is enough for mid-range gaming (1080P low settings). But, in 2020, I don’t recommend buying a graphics card with 2GB VRAM. Actually, 4 GB is also not sufficient nowadays.

I recommend buying a 6GB VARM to be more future proof. Moreover, there is no sense of buying a gPUY with2GB VRAM.

Wrapping up:

In this post, I have discussed some commonly asked questions with graphics cards. If you have any doubts, make sure to comment down below.

That’s it for today, see you in the next post, tada:)

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