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Most people use graphics cards that are several years old, which is a shame because there have been some big leaps in tech over the last couple of years. Whether you’re a PC gamer or streamer, a creator, or you just want a better everyday Windows experience, even a small upgrade can make your system feel like new.
Optimization technologies that help boost frame rates like Nvidia’s DLSS, AMD’s FidelityFX and Intel’s XeSS tend to only run on the current or sometimes last generation of cards — those that use Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace, AMD’s RDNA 3 or Intel’s Xe architectures. And prettifying technologies like ray tracing can run substantially better on recent GPUs. Plus, the newer cards have much better video encoding chops for smoother streaming.
While you can make initial choices based on specs like the manufacturer, GPU chip, amount and type of video memory, clock speeds, power requirements and other factors, they’re imperfect predictors of how any particular model will perform in your games or creative applications. So we’ve put together some suggestions based on our experience testing and using a big crop of GPUs.
In some cases, the card we tested was produced by the GPU company — Nvidia’s Founders Edition models, AMD’s reference models and Intel’s Limited Edition — but in those cases we’ve still made recommendations of third-party cards from add-in board companies like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Zotac. Frequently, the “editions” go out of stock and never come back, while the AIB models can hang around for years.
It can’t be stressed enough that unlike a lot of products you shop for, GPUs require research based on your particular configuration because there can be real consequences for a bad fit, like system crashes and fried motherboards. And there are some blanket caveats for each chipset: Nvidia’s newest GPUs require an adapter to work with most power supplies (they’re usually bundled), AMD cards have frequent reports of high-pitched whining and Intel’s still working out the kinks with its first generation of discrete GPUs.
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