Computer Build — Part #4 — The Graphics Card

gig980g1-5bThere is much debate about graphics cards. There are thousands (literally) of reviews on YouTube, and you would be wise to go listen to a few of them. In particular, listen to Linus and Jays2Cents. These guys have done the research, the testing and have an opinion to boot.

gig980g1-1bWith that being said, I made a decision on a GeForce Windforce GTX 980 G1 Gaming graphics card. It’s got 4 GB (….ok, fine 3500 mHz) of onboard RAM and an internal cooling system to boot. It does require a larger power supply, but my Sentey 750w Bronze does the trick (it could run two if I wanted).

What I LOVE about this expensive (at least to me) graphics card is that it does DVI-D, but then has 3 DisplayPorts and an HDMI. The Max number of screens it can run is 4 – and there are specific outputs you need to use to make that happen. Currently, I have two DisplayPort – DVI-D monitors running off of this card – and they are working in tandem to create one large screen. Can’t wait to get my hands on a third screen for gaming and day-trading.

There is an LED symbol on the side of this card which can be programmed to flash with music or indicate other things (like heat or activity). The interface/software for this card is pretty intuitive. It also can catalog your games and set itself for the optimal settings. It destroys SimCity and Shadow of Mordor – highest settings and all.

So far I love this card. There is a little controversy over the RAM-Gate thing (google it in regards to this model) but in the end, I’m fine with it. I don’t care THAT much.

Next week: Power and Cabling.

 

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4 thoughts on “Computer Build — Part #4 — The Graphics Card

  1. I’m guessing you mean the 970, not the 980. As far as I know, it was the 970 that had the whole 3.5GB VRAM issue. I’m glad I didn’t get a 970 in the last few months… I came really close but I had other expenses that took priority!

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