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Graphics Cards

Sapphire RADEON R9 270X 2048MB

Sapphire RADEON R9 270X 2048MB

From £204
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
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Matrox  G 550 PCI E 32MB

Matrox G 550 PCI E 32MB

From £130
  • Memory size: 32MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • DirectX support: DirectX 9.0
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Hp GeForce GT630 2048MB

Hp GeForce GT630 2048MB

From £153
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • Processor: nVIDIA GeForce GT 630
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MSI  GTX 1060 Gaming X 3 gb 3072MB

MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 3 gb 3072MB

From £253
  • Memory size: 3072MB
  • Interface: PCI-Express 16x
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Asus  PH GT1030 2048MB

Asus PH GT1030 2048MB

From £125
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 3072MB

Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 3072MB

From £156
  • Memory size: 3072MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Sapphire VGA RX 570 NITRO+ 4096MB

Sapphire VGA RX 570 NITRO+ 4096MB

From £150
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo NVIDIA QUADRO M4000 8000MB

Lenovo NVIDIA QUADRO M4000 8000MB

From £851
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4096MB

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4096MB

From £403
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Maximum resolution: 4096 x 2160
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Palit  GTX1050ti Dual OC 4096MB

Palit GTX1050ti Dual OC 4096MB

From £144
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB 11000MB

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB 11000MB

From £969
  • Memory size: 11000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2048MB

Asus GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2048MB

From £140
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
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MSI  N730K 2 GD 3 H LP 2048MB

MSI N730K 2 GD 3 H LP 2048MB

From £64
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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MSI GeForce GT 1030 2048MB

MSI GeForce GT 1030 2048MB

From £95
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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eVGA  GeForce GTX 1070  GAMING 8000MB

eVGA GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING 8000MB

From £522
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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Gigabyte  GV N710D5SL 2GL 2048MB

Gigabyte GV N710D5SL 2GL 2048MB

From £45
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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AMD  RADEON PRO WX 9100 16000MB

AMD RADEON PRO WX 9100 16000MB

From £1,978
  • Memory size: 16000MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte  Radeon RX Vega56 Gaming OC 8000MB

Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega56 Gaming OC 8000MB

From £274
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Palit  Nvidia Geforce GT 730 2048MB

Palit Nvidia Geforce GT 730 2048MB

From £59
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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PNY Quadro K600 1024MB

PNY Quadro K600 1024MB

From £240
  • Memory size: 1024MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • Processor: nVIDIA Quadro K600
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Asus  Radeon RX 480 DUAL 4096MB

Asus Radeon RX 480 DUAL 4096MB

From £194
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
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Gigabyte  GTX 980 Ti 6000MB

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti 6000MB

From £599
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • Input connections: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MSI  RADEON RX 570 Armor 4096MB

MSI RADEON RX 570 Armor 4096MB

From £124
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MSI RADEON V368 001R 8000MB

MSI RADEON V368 001R 8000MB

From £281
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenovo Quadro NVS 510 2048MB

Lenovo Quadro NVS 510 2048MB

From £420
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • Processor: nVIDIA Quadro NVS 510
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WindForce OC 8000MB

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WindForce OC 8000MB

From £374
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
PNY  K 1200 4096MB

PNY K 1200 4096MB

From £564
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  R7 240 OC 4096MB

Asus R7 240 OC 4096MB

From £93
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 11.2
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus DV Action DUAL GTX 1060 OC 3072MB

Asus DV Action DUAL GTX 1060 OC 3072MB

From £168
  • Memory size: 3072MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Gigabyte  Radeon RX550 2048MB

Gigabyte Radeon RX550 2048MB

From £118
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus GeForce GTX 1060  Expedition 6000MB

Asus GeForce GTX 1060 Expedition 6000MB

From £190
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
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Asus GeFroce DUAL RTX2080TI A11G 11000MB

Asus GeFroce DUAL RTX2080TI A11G 11000MB

From £1,199
  • Memory size: 11000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.1 x16
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
1 Offer from 1 shop >
PNY  QUADRO P6000 24000MB

PNY QUADRO P6000 24000MB

From £5,049
  • Memory size: 24000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8000MB

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8000MB

From £474
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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Asus  R7240-OC-4GD3-L 4096MB

Asus R7240-OC-4GD3-L 4096MB

From £92
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 11.2
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sapphire VGA RX 550 PULSE 4096MB

Sapphire VGA RX 550 PULSE 4096MB

From £114
  • Memory size: 4096MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MSI  GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK X 8108MB

MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK X 8108MB

From £282
  • Memory size: 8108MB
  • Interface: PCI-Express 16x
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sapphire  Pulse Radeon RX 560 2048MB

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 560 2048MB

From £98
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Sapphire  NITRO R7 370 2G D5 2048MB

Sapphire NITRO R7 370 2G D5 2048MB

From £226
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte  GT 1030 Silent Low Profile 2048MB

Gigabyte GT 1030 Silent Low Profile 2048MB

From £71
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  Radeon RX 560 2048MB

Asus Radeon RX 560 2048MB

From £150
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte  GT 1030 OC 2G 2048MB

Gigabyte GT 1030 OC 2G 2048MB

From £83
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
2 Offers from 2 shops >
PNY GeForce GTX 1060 OC GAMING 6000MB

PNY GeForce GTX 1060 OC GAMING 6000MB

From £205
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Asrock RADEON PHANTOM GAMING RX 570 OC 4000MB

Asrock RADEON PHANTOM GAMING RX 570 OC 4000MB

From £1,102
  • Memory size: 4000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express x16 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
2 Offers from 2 shops >
PNY Tesla P4 8192MB

PNY Tesla P4 8192MB

From £1,698
  • Memory size: 8192MB
  • Interface: PCI Express x16 3.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Asus  RX VEGA64 8192MB

Asus RX VEGA64 8192MB

From £400
  • Memory size: 8192MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
2 Offers from 2 shops >
eVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6000MB

eVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6000MB

From £208
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
1 Offer from 1 shop >
KFA2  GTX1060 EXOC

KFA2 GTX1060 EXOC

From £337
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
  • Maximum resolution: 7680 x 4320
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sapphire  AMD FirePro W8100 8192MB

Sapphire AMD FirePro W8100 8192MB

From £809
  • Memory size: 8192MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • Processor: AMD FirePro W8100
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MSI  R7 240 1GD3 64b LP 1024MB

MSI R7 240 1GD3 64b LP 1024MB

From £45
  • Memory size: 1024MB
  • DirectX support: DirectX 11.2
  • Input connections: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 AORUS XTREME 8000MB

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 AORUS XTREME 8000MB

From £604
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
2 Offers from 2 shops >
PNY  Tesla M10 32000MB

PNY Tesla M10 32000MB

From £2,368
  • Memory size: 32000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tesla M10
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4000MB

Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4000MB

From £153
  • Memory size: 4000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
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Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 AORUS Xtreme 8000MB

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 AORUS Xtreme 8000MB

From £775
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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Inno3d GeFroce GTX1070 8000MB

Inno3d GeFroce GTX1070 8000MB

From £441
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Palit  GTX 1060 JS 6000MB

Palit GTX 1060 JS 6000MB

From £211
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gainward GeForce GTX 1070 8000MB

Gainward GeForce GTX 1070 8000MB

From £497
  • Memory size: 8000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express
  • DirectX support: DirectX 12
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eVGA  Gt 730 2048MB

eVGA Gt 730 2048MB

From £65
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0
  • Processor: GeForce GT 730
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gainward GeForce GT 710 2048MB

Gainward GeForce GT 710 2048MB

From £48
  • Memory size: 2048MB
  • Interface: PCI-Express 2.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12, DirectCompute 5.0
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Asus  GeForce GTX 1060 6000MB

Asus GeForce GTX 1060 6000MB

From £379
  • Memory size: 6000MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0
  • DirectX support: DirectX12
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - Graphics Cards

Types

EVEA graphics cardIn general terms, there are two main uses for a video card in a computer: 2D graphics and 3D graphics. Two-dimensional graphics are rendered on the screen via the video card for most tasks that the average computer user carries out, such as word processing, internet browsing and general desktop use, all of which require the use of a graphics card in order for the information on the screen to be presented.

With the advent of more complicated graphic effects in operating systems such as Windows 8 or Mac OS X, having a video card that is capable of rendering fast two dimensional effects is more important than ever, whilst three dimensional effects are becoming more commonplace.  Two dimensional graphics card applications are pushed to the limit with applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator, with the use of such programs increasing all the time effective graphics cards are essential.

Three dimensional graphics are typically used in video games.  Texture effects, particle effects and lighting all require heavy use of three dimensional shades and renderers in the video card.  Whilst some rendering takes place in the CPU of the computer, many of the work is devolved to processes within the video card memory itself.

A video card can come in various types.  Some older video card models may still use a PCI or Peripheral Component Interconnect port, but with speeds of computers doubling every few years, many use what is now regarded as an older port known as AGP, or Accelerated Graphics Port.  These types of video card are now considered basic and only really viable for the consumer if their motherboard only supports this type of connection.  PCI and AGP became a bottleneck for the speeds at which video card memory ran some five years ago, meaning that any video card utilising these connections won't be very efficient with newer three dimensional effects.  This type of video card may be useful for those with low three dimensional graphics requirements, however, as they will be able to render in 2D fast enough for the average user.

Now, most graphics card and video card types are available with a PCIe, or PCI Express connection.  This interface, now available on most motherboards across the range, allows for a much faster bus speed in the video card, meaning that information travels much faster across the system.  The amount of information travelling at any one time, the bandwidth, is big enough for the majority of video card types bought today.

However, even this connection has been pushed to one side by the most advanced video card manufacturing companies that quickly required two PCIe slots in order to get the most out of the video card.  PCI Express x 16 video card slots are now available to carry the immense amount of data that the most modern graphics card is available to generate.  Such a video card using PCIe x 16 slots will be geared towards the top end of video card owners, namely those playing games that utilise cutting edge technology.

Features

GeForce video cardConnecting a graphics card to a monitor used to be as simple as plugging a VGA cable between the graphics card output and the monitor.  However, video card types and LCD monitors have the benefit of digital signal transfer over old CRT monitors.  This means that the signal is degraded when using a VGA output to a monitor as it is transferred from digital to analogue and back.  Most modern video card types will offer S-Video output or DVI output, which is a direct digital video interface allowing the quality coming from the graphics card to hit the monitor undiminished.

It is also possible to link or daisy-chain graphics card or video card types together, with two in one system.  Nvidia, a popular video card manufacturer, calls this SLI or Scalable Link Interface, whilst ATi, their main competition, refers to this linking as CrossFire.  Both of these video card options normally require two compatible cards to work together at PCIe x 8.  However, extreme graphics engines call for extreme measures, and four card solutions are now available, working in a similar way to a dual-core CPU. Essentially, these are for the high end power users as these video card types can cost an awful lot of money.

Integrated graphics solutions are not necessarily available to purchase separately, but Asus produces a great deal of integrated video card types that come fitted to the computer.  These video card models are most often found in notebooks and laptops as well as some budget computers.  A while ago, these types of card were very much sneered at by the elite, but they have caught up quite significantly with the rest of the field and now offer reasonable performance.

Try to get a DirectX 10 or 11 compatible video card to ensure the computer is future proofed for the next five years or so.  Operating systems require newer graphics features in order to function correctly, so it is imperative to cater for these compatibility requirements when purchasing a new video card.

Graphics card types also occasionally have the ability to receive TV signals. These are known as TV tuner compatible cards and are becoming quite common with the advent of digital television.  Some will include Freeview built in, or similar.  Remember to pay your TV licence if you do own one of these cards if you use it to watch television, as this does unfortunately make you liable for the full TV license fee.

Size

Video card types come in all sorts of sizes.  The PCIe connection cards can be quite large in size and require a lot of space in the case of any computer.  The specialist two, three and four card setups are especially large and it is worth considering whether or not a new case will be required on top of the price of the card.

Aside from physical size, video RAM, or VRAM (with RAM standing for Random Access Memory) is very important in a video card these days.  VRAM is used as the space where the data produced by the video card is produced, and with bandwidth increasing all the time, it is necessary to get enough VRAM to ensure the card is fit for purpose.

Windows 8 and Mac OS X both require a significant amount of VRAM to output their various graphical nuances, whilst increasing screen resolution also requires VRAM.  As there are more pixels to push to the screen, so the VRAM requirement increases.  With many computer games running at 60 frames per second or more, video card types frequently come with between 256 MB of VRAM and 1 GB.  256 MB of VRAM should be more than sufficient for the average user for the next 5 years or so, but those looking to play complex games at a good frame rate should consider a video card with either 512 MB of VRAM or 1 GB.

As video games on the PC converge with their graphically inferior console ports, the graphical requirements for PC games has plateaued for a while, so a video card with 1 GB of VRAM should be more than enough for the foreseeable future.

Consider the budget available for a video card before purchase, as video card types are particularly scalable in type.  A mid-range video card will future proof any computer for the average home user for the next few years, whilst those looking to play games should be happy with a current medium to high end video card for a significant amount of time.  Those extreme power users looking for the ultimate performance in a graphics card will be able to get amazing graphics, but at considerable monetary cost.