Understanding The GPU Requirements For Gaming

Budget and ‘best’ never goes together but the budget and smart can always do. In the modern age of advancement, technology is upgrading every day and so you cannot label something among best and outdated. Gaming is an interest, fashion, cult and a community in itself. Being a gamer, you must have thought about finding the good graphic cards within your budget. Though the gaming requirements demand a stable GPU, heavy system configurations and effective handling and maintenance of computer parts, it often becomes difficult to select the best one in your budget.

When I bought my first gaming graphics card, I didn’t know much about the configurations and technical parameters. So I took the help of a friend who is recognized as a hardcore gamer in our gaming community. He explained me how various factors run hand in hand to constitute a strong gaming platform. He showed me how just a gaming card is not enough to enhance the visual appearance and lag free gaming performance.

So, I bought a 1GB card and invested rest of the amount in upgrading other parts of the CPU such as a compatible motherboard, heavy RAM and multi player game discs. I even upgraded my windows operating system to the latest version. The graphic card constitutes clock speed, memory size, bus memory, pixel aspect ratio, processing units, directx and other such components.

The graphic card is composed of memory that uses the memory bus speed. The graphics cards with memory bus speed of 128 bits or more is stable enough to handle most of the latest games. You can even consume 384 bits graphic card to boost the performance. Memory bandwidth has a role of calculating the GPU speed. Texture mapping which is a process during graphic rendering is handled by texture mapping units.

Almost every other game requires the direct X support. The directX version vary from game to game and it is suggested to go for the graphic card that supports the directX. Also, you can install the latest version of directX in your operating system to prevent the compatibility issues.

Clock speed of any graphic card is the actual speed at which it can function. It is recommended to go for the graphic card with 750+ Mhz clock speed so that it can perform smoothly with even the latest games configurations.

Along with it, RAM above 8gb is usually recommended. The operating system should be compatible with the gaming configurations or in simple words, you should always check the operating system configurations while purchasing the one. Sometimes, even the motherboards does not have the compatible port for graphic card. You need to purchase a new motherboard that supports the graphic card.

An overview of purchasing the graphic card includes the 4 simple configurations that needs to be checked. These come under the system compatibility requirements  and are known as CPU match, RAM match, Screen size and GPU upgrade. If these four coincides with a game, it will run lag free and smoothly.