Knowing the 5 best HD Graphics Cards is essential for any computer user. Graphics Processing Units, also known as GPU's, are the brains of the computer when it comes rendering images in games and other multimedia programs. Often, a motherboard will have one already built-in, but it will be lackluster. In order to maximize you gaming enjoyment, plop down the extra cash and buy a standalone GPU. Below are a few of the best HD Graphics Cards out there today.
- MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5850. With 1GB onboard DDR5 memory, the MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5850 is a force to be reckoned with. With its fast, 1.00 MHz Effective Memory Clock, this GPU is capable of processing information at a refreshing speed. Also included on this GPU is 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-I, and 1x Display Port. This card connects to you mother board via PCI Express 2.1 x16. This beauty will set you back a respectable $289.
- EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480. Clocking in with about 1.5 GB of onboard DDR5 RAM, the EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 is already off to a great start. While its effective memory clock is slower than the previous GPU (3.7MHz), it more than makes up for it with its ability to support a gorgeous 2560 x 1600 resolution. Sadly all of this comes at a steep price, and that price is $490.
- EVGA 017-P3-1292-AR GeForce GTX 295. Next up on the list is this beauty comes in packing a whopping 1.8 GB of DDR3 RAM. While not the lovely DDR5 you were hoping for, the card 2 Processing Cores should help you forget about the minute detail rather quickly. Sporting 1x HDMI and 2x DVI ports, you're afforded options for hookup. One thing that's not optional is its price, this majestic piece of hardware will set you back about $450.
- ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5870 Platinum. Known for its high quality products, ASUS once again lived up to its reputation with this GPU. Featuring an astounding 2(yes TWO) GB of DDR5 RAM. Complimenting this is the cards effective memory clock of 1225MHz or about 4.9 Gb/s. The cards 1x HDMI, 1xDVI, and 1x DisplayPort also give you options for hookup. As always though, quality comes at a price, which just happens to be about $500.
- PowerColor AX5970 2GBD5-MD Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock). The PowerColor features two 256-bit processors that help ensure you receive a healthy frame rate even while playing at the highest settings. Boasting 1x HDMI, and 2x DVI ports, the card only gives you slightly less options than others. With an effective memory clock of 1,00 MHz or 4.0 GB/s, it is also capable of processing large amount of information. The price of this processing power is an astounding $680.