Buy the Best Graphics Cards Online in South Africa
In any PC, the Graphics Card plays a crucial role, especially in gaming as well as professional careers such as content creation, design, engineering, research, and several others. The graphics card is an expansion card for the PC which is responsible for rendering images to the computer’s display.
The most typically used graphics card which are for sale today are designed specifically for gaming, ray tracing, graphics production, and the mining of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. PC International offers graphics cards for sale online in a variety of sizes, capabilities, prices, and specs. PC International is also well known for their wide variety in computer cases and memory components.
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Why the Graphics Card is an essential PC Component
The Graphics card is one of the most crucial components in a gaming PC or a professional high-performance computer. The graphics card packs a substantial amount of power, and it also has several components which work together to process graphics.
The graphics card also comes with different types of connectors that each serve a different purpose. There are some that provide power while others connect display cables, and so on.
There are many users who may not even be aware of the variety of functions, specifications, and parts that a graphics card consists of. To understand the importance that the graphics card has in PCs, it is essential to look at the components of the graphic card.
This is the heart and main component of any graphics card. Also known as the graphics processor, it handles all the processing in the graphics card. Most cards only have one GPU but there are many dual GPU graphics cards available on the market.
This is another important component of the graphics card that makes it an essential component in any PC. VRAM, or Video RAM, is the Video Memory where all graphics data as well as game textures are stored for processing by the GPU.
With faster memory, the performance of the graphics card can be increased to a specific level. The different types of memory on the graphics card includes DDR3, GDDR5X, HBM, and HBM2 RAM.
Voltage Regulator Module is the main circuitry that is found in the graphics card, and which powers the GPU. VRM works to convert higher voltage from the power supply to lower voltage levels to be used in the GPU.
Every graphics card has a cooler that ensures that the temperature of the GPU, VRAM, and VRM are kept at safe levels. Coolers can either be active or passive and in active cooling, the cooler has a heatsink and a fan (HSF) whereas passive cooling only has a heatsink.
Printed Circuit Board is the base or the board on which all the components of the graphics card are mounted. High-end graphics cards have several components, and this means that they have a larger PCB as opposed to mid- and entry-level graphics cards.
What determines the price of a Graphics Card?
Before you buy a graphics card online in South Africa, it is vital to understand the factors to consider with the price of a Graphics Card.
- There are several factors that can influence the price of Graphics Cards in South Africa, including:
- Supply versus demand and shortages
- The Covid-19 pandemic
- Tariffs on imports
- The impact of Cryptocurrency Miners on the computer industry
- The selling of hardware for profit
- Technological advances
Supply versus Demand and Availability of Cards
The demand for gaming hardware exploded, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when more people were confined to their homes during various quarantines and lockdowns worldwide. This saw supplies in graphics card diminishing, subsequently influencing the price of graphics cards.
Even though there is some form of normality, prices on graphics cards may still be affected by mid-pandemic factors. Both Nvidia and AMD have reported that they are still struggling to keep up with demand.
International Shipping and Import Tariffs
The price on graphics cards can also be influenced by international shipping and air freight between Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and many other regions as result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic is far from over and consumers can expect fluctuations in price as result of a lack of supply while demands increase exponentially.
There are also import tariffs which must be considered, especially since there are new tariffs on Chinese PC parts.
The impact of Crypto mining
Cryptocurrency mining of many coins are contributing to the price of graphics cards as they are driving the demand higher. Cryptocurrency miners rely heavily on robust graphics cards to be able to mine crypto coins faster, making high-end graphics cards the most desirable.
Selling hardware for profit
The price of graphics cards is also being influenced by what is known as scalpers. These are individuals who buy any available graphics cards on online stores, and they resell them to desperate customers at inflated prices.
How long do graphics cards last?
Graphics cards typically last between 3 to 5 years, depending on how much you use it.
How do I test my graphics card?
You can use either MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision to test your graphics card. When you have the software, you can enable monitoring and test the clock speed of your graphics card.
Once completed, you can increase your GPU clock speed followed by testing and increasing your memory clock speed.
Which graphics cards can run 4K?
There are several graphics cards which can run 4K, including, but not limited to:
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition
- AMD Radeon RX5700 XT
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition
What is a graphics card in a computer?
A graphics card is an expansion card in the computer that renders images to the computer’s display. It processes and executes graphical data using several advanced, graphical techniques, features, and functions.
Which graphics card is best for gaming?
Currently, the Nvidia RTX 3080 is the best graphics card.
Is a graphics card necessary in a laptop?
A graphics card is only necessary when the CPU does not have a built-in GPU, or iGPU (Integrated Graphics Processing Unit) or when the laptop’s motherboard does not support an iGPU.
Can a graphics card die?
Yes, a graphics card can “die” if you push the card to its limits with high voltage or there are components on the card that are failing.
Can a PC run without a graphics card?
Only if the PC has a CPU with a built-in graphics card, or iGPU. Without a graphics card or iGPU, you will not be able to see a display.
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