A PCI-E Graphics Card for a Performance Boost

Every desktop and laptop needs a graphics processing unit (GPU) to output an image to the display. Most devices come with a GPU integrated into the motherboard. It shares resources with the CPU, including DIMM, ECC, Non-ECC, and buffered or unbuffered memory modules. However dedicated video cards, like a DDR3 PCI-E 2.1 x16 card, are separate pieces of hardware with their own memory. They are devoted exclusively to handling graphics processing.

Why do I need a PCI-E 2.1 DDR3 Graphics Card?

The biggest benefit of a dedicated graphics card is performance, but there are a number of other benefits to installing a GPU. Some of these benefits are:

  • You will not only experience a noticeable difference with the obvious applications like playing video games, but the increase in graphics performance will also make tasks like processing images in Photoshop smoother and faster.
  • Graphics cards like PCI Express x16 cards normally also offer a wider and more modern variety of video ports than your motherboard. While your motherboard may only have a VGA and DVI port, your graphics card might have those ports plus an HDMI port or even duplicate ports like two DVI ports. This will allow you to easily hook up multiple monitors.

Which PCI Express DDR3 cards can I choose from?

There are a variety of PCI-E DDR3 video cards available. Some of these are the following:

  • Asus GeForce GT 710. This PCI Express 2.1 x16 video card has 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM. The card supports OpenGL 4.4 and DirectX 12. It is passively cooled using a unique heat sink design, making the GPU completely quiet while it is running. This PCIe card is ideal for HD and silent home theater PCs and multimedia centers.
  • Asus AMD Radeon R5230. The card has 1 GB DDR3 memory and PCI Express x16 connectivity. It is a passively cooled low profile video card ideal for multimedia PC's. The card has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 and offers full support for DirectX 11.0 and OpenGL 4.1.
  • Dell ATI Radeon HD 7470. This low profile PCI Express Card is air cooled with 1 GB DDR3 memory. It has a DVI-I port and a DisplayPort video outputs.
  • Asus AMD Radeon HD 6570. With PCIe connectivity, this high profile 2 GB DDR3 card is air cooled. It fully supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1. The video card has a DVI output, an HDMI standard output, and a VGA D-Sub output. This card is ideal for gaming.