1080p Gaming Display Card
1080p Gaming Display: In high resolution gaming and expensive, monster video cards rule the PC-gaming world, we have “4K gaming” on new high-end monitors, as well as the rise of more-affordable 1440p (2,560×1,440-pixel) displays. The 4K resolution has been the de facto standard for gaming & VR Content. One depends on both a high-res 4K or 1440p display is the requisite 1080p video card to handle that higher resolution to achieve at the mainstream resolution of 1,920×1,080.
- Generally speaking, for 1080p gaming, a minimum of 1GB of video memory is an adequate baseline, but 2GB is much, much better.
- Going with a card that has 4GB of RAM is borderline wasteful, as performance generally does not get improved over 2GB cards at this resolution, with all other things being equal. So don’t spend the money on any more RAM or GPU power than you need.
- At 1080p, opting for a 2GB card should suffice, unless you intend to upgrade your monitor to a 1440p or 4K screen in the near future.
- But if that’s the case, you’ll want a card that’s equipped with a more powerful GPU, too.
Memory Amount: The overall power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) on the card dictates how well you can run a specific game at certain settings, too. But think of the video memory as a freeway that opens up lanes for the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) to work its magic without getting congested. The amount of graphics memory (On-Board RAM) that your video card has on-board directly affects the resolution at which you can game smoothly, as well as the detail settings that are possible.
- All the standard outputs on today’s graphics cards (VGA, DVI, HDMI & Display Port) are support 1080p resolution.
- In most cases, you’ll just need to pick a card that has a port matching what’s on your monitor.
- It’s not until you get into resolutions higher than 1080p that it’s possible to start exceeding the capabilities of some interfaces, such as VGA and older versions of HDMI.
WHAT ABOUT VR? You’ve certainly heard all about the burgeoning virtual-reality market, which is just now beginning to become, pardon the pun, a reality. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headsets are now shipping, so many buyers will be clamoring to make sure their PCs are ready to run VR headsets at a decent pace. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have 2,160 x 1,200 displays that run at 90Hz (requiring roughly 90 frames per second of performance). That means you’ll need quite a bit more horsepower than what’s necessary to run games at 1080p at 30 (or even 60) frames per second. The bad news is that if you’re buying a card best suited for 1080p gaming, you will not be able to run either of these VR kits at an acceptable frame rate.