Best Graphics Cards of 2020
Updated on August 10, 2020 By Christian Thomas
Best Graphics Cards Considerations
With so many options in the market, selecting the best graphics card can be a time-consuming task. Furthermore, with all specifications and compatibility concerns, you can get overwhelmed.
We have taken the time to do a bunch of research to help you make the best decision.
What is a Graphics Card?
A graphics card—also called a video card or GPU(graphics processing unit)—is a piece of hardware that can be integrated or attached to the motherboard to increase the graphics performance.
There are two types of cards. First, integrated graphics: which comes integrated with the motherboard and can handle the most common task on your machine. And second, a dedicated graphics card: an external hardware necessary for more demanding graphics processing, for example, to play AAA video games. Depending on the motherboard you can attach multiple dedicated hardware.
The primary video card brands are Nvidia: which has the biggest market share, and AMD: the second biggest manufacturer. Both brands have great products and your decision for either of both will depends on your pocket.
It’s important that you know that NVidia products tend to be way more expensive than AMD.
Questions and Answers
1. How to know if a graphics card is compatible with your motherboard?
- PCI Express Slot: your motherboard has some expansion slot so-called PCI Express: this is used to plug in the GPU. The types of PCI Express are x1, x4, x8, x16. To plugin your GPU, you’ll need the PCI Express x16; the numbers after the x tells you the size. There are three versions of this x16 slot, but they’re backward compatible. However, the performance will depend on where you plug the card; being the last generation the one that offers the best efficiency. How to know if your motherboard is compatible? Just make sure it includes “PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots” in the specs.
- Length and Size: last generation GPU can have up to 3 fans, and this makes them twice their original size. Be sure to measure the distance from your case backplate and the PCI Express Slot. Otherwise, be ready to upgrade your case.
- Power Requirement: the power supply connector should be PCI-E and have six pins in a 3×2 arrangement. Last generation graphics cards require at least 600W PSU(power supply).
2. Can I overclock these Graphics Card?
Yes, all these graphics cards are overclockable but every card comes with a physical limit.
The reality is that an RTX 2080 doesn’t need it, but be sure to upgrade your cooling system before overclocking.
We recommend reading this article on Tom’s Hardware for a complete guide about overclocking.
3. Why are Graphics Card so expensive?
It’s due to cryptocurrency miners that moved from CPU to GPU. They figured that by using Graphics Cards the processing would be more efficient and less power consuming. Soon, they started buying a bunch of cards, which naturally reduced the offer, and consequently increased their prices.