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Old 27-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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Which Graphics card to buy in Y2019

Which PCIe DirectX 12 capable Graphics Card to buy in Sep 2019?

This serves as a one-stop location for decision-making for buying graphics cards. Complementary to this, short sections on possble choices for the following:

High Definition Movie Playback Requirements
Full 3D Requirements on PC


Current Trend
The main stream cards (aka mid-range cards) now come standard with 4 GB / 6GB memory, which matches gaming requirements at Full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1080) and AA/AF enabled, found on 22", 23", 24" and 27" LCD monitors. Examples are the RX 590 and GTX 1660 series. For even better performance at resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (31" LCD monitor or bigger), 8GB or more graphics card will be required. Supports PCIe 3.0 specs, and usually comes with at least 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 display port. AMD's latest RX 5700XT and 5700 series support PCIe 4.0 specs.

GTX 2000 series
Latest Driver
GeForce Release 436.30 WHQL Win 10 10 Sep 2019

Radeon VII, RX Vega 64/56, RX500 Series
AMD Radeon Software
Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 12 Sep 2019
Supported VII, RX Vega, RX 500 series

Cheapest Low-End Cards - Weak 3-D Performance
The lowest end AMD R7 240 series and GeForce GTX 1030 series are best suited for 2D-display and some 3D games (modern 3D games unplayable at high settings). Instead of buying such cards, I recommend onboard graphics if playing modern 3-D games is not your forte. Most of the motherboards with onboard graphics come with a PCIe X16 slot, so you can add on a powerful graphics card later.


AMD Radeon Cards
VII 16GB - faster than RTX 2070, slower than RTX 2080
RX5700XT - faster than RTX 2700
RX Vega 64
RX Vega 56 8GB - close to RTX 2060
R590 8GB - close to GTX 1660
R580 8GB
R570 4GB - close fight with GTX 1060 3GB

Nvidia Cards
RTX 2080 Ti 11GB - Fastest Nivdia card now
RTX 2080 8GB
RTX 2070 8GB - slightly faster than outgoing GTX 1080
RTX 2060 6GB - close to outgoing GTX 1070 Ti
GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
GTX 1660 6GB


1) HDCP-supported Graphics Cards/Devices
Intel 965G, G33, G35, G45, Core i3, i5 with integrated graphics
AMD 690G, 780G, 785G, 790G, 880G, 890G graphics

Discrete Graphics:
GeForce 7600 GT, 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTX, 7900 GX2, 7950 GX2
GeForce 8, 9, GTX 200, GTX400, GTX500, GTX 600, GTX 700, GTX 900, GTX 1000 series, RTX 2000 series
Radeon X1600, X1800, X1900, HD 2x00, HD 3x00, HD 4x00, HD 5x00, HD 6x00, HD 7x00 series, R9,R7 series, R300, R400, R500, Vega series

2) CPU: Dual Core or Better
3) OS: WinXP SP2, Vista, Win 7m Win 8, Win 10
4) Memory: At least 2GB recommended
5) Graphics Driver: HD-capable Graphics Driver: Catalyst 7.12 / ForceWare 167.37 or later versions
6) Hardware: Blu-Ray or HD-DVD Drive
7) HD Movie Playback Software: Cyberlink Power DVD Ultra (ver 7.3 for HD-DVD and ver 8 for Blu-Ray) or Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-Ray or ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 (Note: Power DVD version 8 and above does not have HD-DVD support).
8) HDCP Compliant Display: LCD Monitors with DVI-D or HDMI connection

For full spectrum of Blu-ray-3D movie, 3D gaming and 3D photos content on PC

1) Supported Blu-ray 3D (with hardware decoding - Nvidia VF4 engine or AMD UVD 3.0) graphics cards:
Nvidia: GT240, GT320, GT330, GT340, GT400 or GT500 series graphics card
AMD: Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card
Note: Earlier generation(s) of graphics card will still work, albeit with higher CPU utilisation due to software decoding

2) Graphics Driver: Nvidia Forceware 257.21 (and 257.21 3D for Nvidia) / AMD Catalyst 10.10 (skip 10.11) or later

3) Supported OS: Vista, Win7, Win 8, Win 10

4) Blu-ray 3D playback media player:
Cyberlink Power DVD 10 Ultra 3D, Corel WinDVD Pro 2010 or Arcsoft Total Media 5

5) Blu-ray drive (playback of movies to be converted from 2D to 3D)/ Blu-ray 3D drive (playback of Blu-ray 3D movies)

6) Supported Display Hardware:
See supported list of monitors (for Nvidia's 3D Vision and AMD's HD3D):

7a) Nvidia's 3D Vision
1) Nvidia 3D Vision Kit (glasses)

7b) AMD's HD3D
1) Active shutter 3D glasses from third parties
2) Stereoscopic 3D software: TriDef 3D Media player 6.5.5 or iZ3D

List of Blu-Ray 3D movies available

Last edited by tenyawph; 15-09-2019 at 02:18 PM..
AMD FX 8150
Graphics Card
Palit GTX 1050
2 x 4GB G. Skills DDR3 1333MHz
Cosair Force 3 120GB
Optical Storage
HP dvd1260i
Coolmaster Elite 310K
Coolmaster GX750W
Onboard Sound
Win7 Home Premium

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