What is a graphics card?

What is a graphics card?

Gamer would say that a graphics card should be wrapped in cotton-wool. Ordinary user usually does not see the need in a specialized graphics card in a computer. So, why would you want to consider a new graphics card? A graphics card (a video card or a display card), is a circuit board in a computer that uses algorithms to process data and send the data to the display. Basically, it is responsible for image rendering.

Journey into the video card history

About 10 years ago graphics cards were used solely for video games. Back then graphics cards were popular only among gamers. Today video cards have far more specifications. Their potential may be applied while working with 2-3D-objects, which include desktop apps and video rendering software. That is why operating systems manufacturers have started to add new opportunities to interface that can be used together with a graphics card.

Benefits of graphics cards

  • First and foremost, it is the graphics editor, particularly Photoshop. Video card helps the processor during continuous work and optimizes the speed of image rendering;
  • Graphics load balancing. Today browsers display lots of information, which, in turn, «steels reserves» from the system. This is when video card comes into play;
  • Some graphics cards are enough for coding, which enables users to compress a video. The compressed video will be reduced in size, whereas the quality won’t be affected.

That said, however, you don’t need to buy the most expensive graphics card. Your choice should depend on your needs. For instance, office worker requires a card that demonstrates integrated graphics and reduces power consumption. Gamers should choose the powerful models from reliable manufacturers.

AMD Radeon R5

AMD is one of two major manufacturers of graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon R5. Radeon R5 is an integrated video card supporting DirectX 12. It is based on the Graphics Core Next Architecture. User receives 128 shader cores. GPU clock: 850MHz. It should be mentioned that video card doesn’t have own memory, thus it will use system memory (single-channel DDR3L-1866).

To use AMD Radeon R5 you don’t need additional power cord and power consumption equals to 15 W. Through its Unified Video Decoder, the card supports CPU while decoding videos up to 4К. Chip incorporates a specific video encoder known as VCE. Video streams can output via DVI, HDMI 1.4a, VGA and DisplayPort 1.2 to two external monitors.

Game compatibility

Radeon R5 bears resemblance to Radeon HD 7470M and Intel HD Graphics 4200. It is fine for gaming below 720p. Many old and unchallenging games, such as FIFA, will run smoothly. Games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Fortnite are playable, while you will not be able to play Overwatch as the graphics card is not powerful enough. Basically, you will play less demanding games which do not have lot of motion, light, and shadow effects.

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