Tech Tips: Choosing The Right Graphics Card

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Choosing the right system is important when you're investing in the one tool you need to make the magic happen.

Let's face it, everyone is creating content today whether it's part of your job or you run a small business. From making memes and social media graphics to editing videos, content is king and it's here to stay. This means you need the right kind of graphics card for the work you do, and there are so many choices that it can be hard to know what to choose if you're not a techie person.

Now the guys in the big box stores don't always know a lot about what content creators do, in fact, if you tell them you mostly work online (using cloud based solutions), they're going to try to steer you to a business laptop. Business laptops in general do not have special graphics cards, they aren't made for doing much beyond PowerPoint, and boring PowerPoint's at that... If you're lucky they might steer you towards a gaming laptop, which until a couple of years ago was your best choice when you have a heavy workload that deals with multi-tasking between various editing software with the power to render video and 3D models. Things have changed in the past few years, with Nvidia creating the GeForce RTX Studio versions of their RTX GPUs. The RTX Studio GPUs are designed to accelerate the most common creation software ranging from Adobe Photoshop to Unreal Engine, over 60 creative software have been connected to the RTX studio drivers and increase your productivity by up to 60%, if you're using an RTX Studio Certified Laptop,

How to Choose The GPU For Your Workload & Budget?

Creators are unique with a wide variety of workflow needs, so we've broken down the GPU selection

process by case use to make it easier for you to select the right laptop for you. It's important to feel confident about the laptop you're selecting, after all you spend a significant amount of time doing your work on this workstation replacement, you need to know it's going to hold up.

▌2D Graphic Design / Photography

Not everyone needs the RTX Studio laptops, for 2D designers and photographers doing image processing, the GTX series should be good enough. Note that the first two numbers of the GPU stand for the architecture generation. The GTX 16 series released in 2019 aims to replace the previous GTX 10 series. In 2020, the latest GPU released by NVIDIA has no more 10 series products. If you want a laptop with the newest graphics card, GTX 10X0 is definitely not your option.

▌Video Editing / 3D Design

If you edit a lot of video or do a lot of 3D design, upgrading your graphics card to GeForce RTX, which supports ray tracing, will make your images have better details, smoother edges, and life like shadows. Designers who often use video editing software such as Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve can pick RTX 2060.

▌3D Modeling and Rendering

If you are an architect, engineering modeler, 3D design artist and use Revit, SketchUp, 3DS MAX and AutoCAD for larger or more complex 3D modeling and material structure rendering, RTX 2070 or even Super and high-level graphics cards are the best choice for you.

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