Instructions for selecting a video card

PCBuild 101: In the present time, which video card is the best? (2019)

For gamers, the video card is considered the most important component in a gaming configuration. However, with the continuous technology change plus the many designs and making the choice of video card as it is, choosing the right card is not an easy thing.

In this article, Phong Vu will guide you to choose the video card according to your needs, help you have a better overview of the current card line on the market. Especially in the context of new cards from both AMD and Nvidia are coming soon and promise the upcoming attractive price cuts.

1. Gaming performance

4K resolution (3840 x 2160)

For games on a large resolution like 4K, the use of a powerful video card like the RTX 2080Ti is very suitable. With the most powerful gaming card available today, the RTX 2080Ti will definitely give you a great gaming experience with the latest graphics technologies from NVIDIA such as Ray tracing, DLSS, VRS.

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RTX 2080Ti is currently the best gaming card today (photo: wccftech).

Besides the RTX 2080Ti, you have another option, the RTX 2080, although gaming performance is definitely not as good as the RTX 2080Ti, but you will save a lot of money when you buy RTX 2080 and still guarantee to bring the brand. Good gaming on 4K resolution provided you have to reduce the graphics settings a bit. RTX 2080 (guru3d) "width =" 696 "height =" 454 "srcset =" -guru3d.jpg? w = 725 & ssl = 1 725w, 300% 2C196 & ssl = 1 300w, 696w, 644w "sizes =" (max-width: 696px) 100vw, 696px "data-recalc-dims =" 1

In addition to RTX 2080, the RTX 2080 is also a good choice (photo: guru3d).

1440p resolution (2560 x 1440)

Although the hardware requirements are quite large when compared to 4K resolution, but to get a smooth gaming experience on 1440p resolution, you will still need powerful processing capabilities. The best candidate in this segment is the RTX 2070 now, with improved performance compared to the two Pascal siblings, GTX 1070Ti and GTX 1080, which are considered two kings at 1440p resolution. If you're using a 1440p screen for gaming then surely the RTX 2070 will not disappoint you. Furthermore, the RTX 2070 is fully equipped with the latest graphics technologies similar to RTX 2080 / 2080Ti.

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RTX 2070 is the best choice today in the near-premium segment (photo: techradar).

Although it would not be fair to compare Vega of AMD with Turing of NVIDIA, however, if you are an AMD hard fan and it does not matter the new technologies from NVIDIA, the Vega 56/64 still offers performance. The game is very good, competing directly with GTX 1070Ti and GTX 1080.

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Vega 56/64 is still two good options when playing games at 1440p (photo: techradar).

One big difference to Turing architecture is the launch of the RTX 2060, although there are two last numbers of 60 in the name and NVIDIA marketing is for 1080p gaming but this is only true. when using Ray tracing. In terms of gaming performance, the RTX 2060 is perfectly capable of handling at 1440p resolution, which has been proven by many reviews when the performance of the RTX 2060 is equivalent to the GTX 1070Ti. .

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As the emerging star RTX 2060 is a very good choice in the segment (photo: techradar).

1080p resolution (1920 x 1080)

It can be said that 1080p resolution is still the choice of the majority of gamers, especially hard core gamers who need fast response frequencies, the 1080p resolution is still the number 1 choice. Currently, the GTX 1660Ti is the best option that gamers can get, although it does not support new technologies such as Ray tracing and DLSS but in return for the same performance as the GTX 1070, you get the experience. Play games on 1080p extremely smoothly, especially on fast-response screens.

Following the GTX 1660Ti is the GTX 1660 with very good 1080p gaming performance, although the performance will be as good as the GTX 1660Ti, but the GTX 1660 still has much improved performance compared to the GTX 1060 6GB older generation. , enough to give you the fullness of the game at 1080p.

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GTX 1660Ti is currently the strongest video card in the mid-range segment (photo: winfuture).

It would be missing without mentioning the arrival of the RX 590 from AMD, with relatively improved performance from RX 580, which is still considered one of the best 1080p gaming performance cards. currently on the market. You can even undo the RX 570 and still get relatively good gaming performance.

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AMD continues to maintain its position in the mid-range segment with RX 590.

Universal segment

Not any gamer can afford to buy a high-powered computer power supply, so the line of video cards without the use of extra power such as the GTX 1650 is a very reasonable choice. While not comparable to the RX 570 in terms of performance, but with a power consumption of only 75W, the GTX 1650 still delivers decent gaming performance at full HD resolution (1080p), higher than the GTX 1050 Approx. 25% slag. Delivers a smooth experience at medium settings with most games in full HD resolution.

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2. Radiator

Choosing which version of heat sink to suit the video card is equally important and it is not easy to have too many different heat dissipation versions. Below is a summary of the current popular heat sinks, to help you get a more general view.

The gas

Normally, air dissipation will be categorized based on the number of cooling fans and the thickness of the heat sink, but not always many fans with thicker heat sinks will also improve the cooling performance. For example, for GTX 1660 / 1660Ti, using a large, thick heat sink with 3 cooling fans above won't help you much because these graphics processors have quite low power consumption. Or for high-end graphics processors like RTX 2070/2080, using a shortened version with just one cooling fan is unreasonable unless you need to assemble a compact gaming configuration.

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3-fan radiator is always loved by many gamers (photo: bitwit).

Whereas two-fan radiators are the most popular option, because of the ability to balance the heat dissipation performance and size, this makes these cards more compatible with more models than 3 cards. bulky fan. Moreover, in some high-end versions, although only 2 fans are used, these are 2 large-size fans, providing very good heat dissipation performance.

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2-fan heat sink is always a popular choice (photo: wccftech).

However, cards with only one fan still have a certain place to stand, especially for compact configurations that limit the space inside the case. Just like there is one more thing you need to keep in mind, as mentioned above, the thickness of the heat sink also determines quite a lot of heat dissipation performance, in some special cases if well designed, A card with only one fan but with a thicker heat sink will have an operating temperature approximately equal to even a card with 2 fans.

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Don't let the appearance of a 1-fan radiator fool you (photo: gamernexus).

Dissipation of water AIO

If you want to have better heat dissipation performance but feel that a custom water dispenser is too cumbersome, the cards made in the form of AIO water dispenser are a very reasonable choice. With a graphics processor that is heat-dissipated separately by an AIO radiator, while other parts such as memory and power supplies get 1 separate care radiator to optimize the temperature for each component. on the card.

The use of AIO water dispenser for the card will greatly improve the graphics processor temperature, especially if you are an overclocking enthusiast, the performance will be greatly improved. However, it should be noted that for cards using AIO water dispenser, you will have to pay more attention to the space inside the case when installing.

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AIO water dissipation is a simple solution but brings very good performance (photo: kitguru).

Custom water cooling

In case all of the above options do not satisfy you and you are looking for a new experience, a custom water radiator will be the perfect choice for you. However, for the video card, choosing the water block is not as simple as the CPU because each block will be compatible with a different circuit design depending on the manufacturer, so you will have to check it carefully. See the block of the country I plan to buy with support for the card I am using.

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Custom water cooling is always the first choice of users who love technology (photo: anandtech).

The simplest option is to choose a card designed by NVIDIA itself, which will usually be the easiest to find block of water. In addition, you can also choose a pre-installed version of water block from the manufacturer in case you don't want to spend a lot of time looking for components.

3. Size

Of course, everyone likes a full card inside their case. However, there will be no worse nightmares when after buying a card like that and you discover that your case is not long enough to support, or both the mainboard and the case are not enough expansion slots. Because the card is too thick. Not to mention that with a large card, you will have to pay attention to support your card with the motherboard with PCI slots, sturdy case and the necessary accessories such as anti-piles to limit curvature, sag of the card.

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The length of the card is a factor that is often overlooked by users (IDGconnect image).

Meanwhile, for a compact card, you will almost never have to worry about the compatibility issues of size with the mainboard and case as well as the sagging phenomenon due to the oversized size. This does not mean that choosing a large card is not recommended, but you will have to consider your own preferences and make the most appropriate decision.

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A compact card will help you eliminate the problem of size compatibility (photo: hardwarezone).

For gamers, the video card is not only the most important component in the entire configuration, but can also be considered the front of a gaming computer. Hopefully, through this article, you will be able to make a decision about choosing a card that is more accurate and easy.

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