Video cards and GPU’s are required for the avid gamer. There’s only so much you can get from on-board graphics. If you want to really play some games, you need to purchase a video card or GPU. GPU formats have changed a bit over the years. Early style video slots were AGP – Accelerated Graphics Port. Today we have PCIe – which is PCI express.
An entry level video card would be the Geforce 1050 Ti. This is either a 2 GB or 4 GB card, depending on which version you purchase. The 4 GB card is the one you should buy. This is a good entry level card for the purchase price. It’s a lot less expensive than the 1070ti or 1080ti GPU. If you want to play the top of the line first person shooter games though like Black Ops 4, you’ll need to purchase a higher end card like the 1070 or 1080.
Here are computer-motherboards.com, we work to provide unbiased reviews of video cards and GPU’s. GPU stands for graphical processing unit – much like CPU stands for central processing unit. A CPU in a computer does the math co-processing – but it’s not capable of doing the graphical processing. An APU can do some graphical processing – but only at the level of a 1-2 GB video card. If you use on-board video, it also draws away RAM from what the rest of the system can use – this is called shared video memory.
Video Cards & GPU’s for crypto-currency mining
Crypto-currency mining requires the usage of higher end GPU’s. Many crypto miners have decided to stop mining because of the strain that constant mining puts on GPU’s. Graphics cards will only be able to take the strain for a limited time until they burn out. Crypto mining puts a much larger strain on graphics cards than gaming or anything else that graphics card were meant to do.
To be honest, there may be motherboards that are designed for crypto-mining – they’ll advertise this. However, graphics cards were never designed for crypto mining. Any piece of technology has a mean life until failure – an estimation of how long the piece of hardware will survive or live, until it fails. A video card under normal conditions can last years before failing. While it’s true you could potentially get a year or two out of a video card that is constantly mining, it’s unlikely.
If you talk to people who are crypto-miners, they’ll tell you that they constantly have video cards fail. There’s a big buy-in to build just one crypto-mining machine – every high end GPU like a 1080ti card runs about a thousand dollars. While the cost of these GPU’s fluctuate – they used to be over a thousand dollars – they still run about a thousand dollars. The GTX 2080ti now is a step above the 1080ti (be sure to read our comparison of 1080ti vs 2080ti) and that card can run anywhere from $1,500 – $2,000 for an 11 GB version. Of course, the 11 GB version of the card is the one you want to purchase.
With all of that being said, the most effective way to perform crypto-curency mining is to run many of the same video cards at the same time. You want to run many of the same cards. Most crypto miners will tell you (experienced ones) that the Geforce 1080ti is one of the best cards you can run for crypto mining. Get the largest memory card you can purchase, and make sure they are all the same manufacturer. This is important. Card compatibility is very important when setting up a crypto miner.