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The Top 6 Graphics Cards I'd Recommend

Arnox

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This sort of links into a thread I already made about the best legacy card, but after thinking about this, I decided to just compile my thoughts on all these cards into one nice clean thread. May update this in the future.

Ranked in order of release date...

GeForce 6800 GS/GT/Ultra
+ Last and most powerful card that still supports Windows 9x
+ Great Windows XP support as well
+ VERY overclockable
- It's fucking old (At this point, this is a specialist card.)
- Requires external power (Molex.)
- Requires an old-ass AGP port for full Windows 9x compatibility
- Hard to find these days for a good price as it's a collector's item

750 Ti
+ Compact design
+ No external power needed
+ Good thermals and quiet fan
+ Driver support for EVERY OS from XP up
+ Analog outputs still supported
+ Cheapest card on the list
- No tensor cores or ray-tracing cores
- It's one of the weakest cards on this list[1]
- Seriously, don't get this card if you've any desire at all for future-proofing

980 Ti
+ Driver support for EVERY OS from XP up
+ Analog outputs still supported
+ Very powerful
- Much larger than the 750 Ti/1050 Ti
- Much hotter than the 750 Ti/1050 Ti
- Requires external power and it's power-hungry[2]
- No tensor cores or ray-tracing cores

1050 Ti
+ Identical size and power demand as 750 Ti yet much more powerful
+ Good thermals and quiet fan
+ Supports 32-bit OSes
- VRAM amount is iffy for very modern games
- No support for any OS older than Windows 7
- No tensor cores or ray-tracing cores

2080 Ti
+ Much more powerful than even the 980 Ti
+ Generally the same size and power draw as the 980 Ti
+ Tensor cores and ray-tracing cores
- Generally the same size as the 980 Ti
- Requires external power and it's power-hungry[2]
- Most limited OS support on this list

Quadro RTX 6000
+ Tons of extra features that aren't present on GeForce cards
+ Server grade reliability and stability
+ 2080 Ti performance
+ Not as nearly as expensive as the Quadro RTX 8000
+ Supports all 64-bit OSes from 7 and up
+ An absolute ton of VRAM
- An absolute ton of power draw
- No 32-bit OS support and no support for Vista and older
- Slightly larger than the 2080 Ti
- It's expensive
- Like REALLY fucking expensive[3]

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[1] It's still able to hold its own easily in old games, but anything recent, it will struggle pretty hard, and for a few new games, they'll refuse to even boot.

[2] Maybe not as power-hungry at all as the monstrous 30xx series from Nvidia, but it's still definitely a concern for some systems with limited PSUs.

[3] Holy shit, it's on the level of being able to buy a nice used car for how much it costs.
 
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I'd buy my 1050 Ti again if this one ever broke, that's how good that card has been.
 

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I have a Geforce GT 630M that came with my laptop. What's your opinion on that?
Well, it depends. It'll be a lot better than that era's version of integrated graphics for sure, but that may not matter anyway depending on what you're going to be using the laptop for.
 
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