Many users, especially beginners, find themselves in a thick fog of numbers and letters when it comes to models graphic cards In the market - we are here to make you order!
The two largest video card manufacturers today - AMD andNVIDIA Competing from one to the other and sometimes it seems that they give names a little confusing and incomprehensible to their graphics card models, in this guide you will learn how to distinguish between graphic cards Others according to their model name and how to distinguish between stronger and less powerful. The manual will be divided into 2. The first part will deal with video cards for the desktop market (personal computers) and the second part will deal with branding and types graphic cards To the laptop market (many of them are structured).
This guide is not short but is a finding and reaches the depths of the reasons and types of branding. At the end of his reading you will swim in the material and you will know what Sapphire is Radeon HD7870 XT Boost Dual-X even if you are not obsessing about hardware.
graphic cards Desktops - AMD
When HD is a fixed and unchanging prefix, 2000 is the "annual" series of graphics cards, 900 stands for the highest market share (there is also 600 and 400) and the XT extension indicates that this is the strongest core in the 2900 series. Below it is the medium-sized Pro and the weakening GT.
Since the series was launched Radeon HD3000 The switch slightly changed and became more comfortable to understand, a description in the following picture:
The main series includes many video cards (mostly) created in the same production process and launched not long apart. Next to the name of the main series is the secondary name that symbolizes a market segment. At the launch of Radeon HD3000, ATI decided that the high market segment is 800, so all the graphics from this series will be called HD38. True, over time she changed I HAVE D The series of hundreds representing the highest market and the last three generations is 900, for example - HD6970. Today the switching is divided so that 900 is a top end market, 800 is Performence And 700 is an intermediate market. 600 will be lightweight gaming and 500 or 400 will be the most simple home use.
The same market segment usually has one core that operates at different frequencies and sometimes contains lower amounts of Processors Are united within it to separate graphic processing forces. The same segmentation market segment did ATI (and does today AMD) using the named tenset digit. For example - HD3870. It can be inferred from the name that this is a video card located high in the upper performance segment.
The final digits that AMD uses to add to separate it from the market segment will most likely be 30, 50, 70 or 90. For example, HD4830 and HD4850 when HD4850 will necessarily have higher graphics power than HD4830. The question arises, for example, about the ratio of the graphic power between the 30 market segment versus the 70 or 90 market segment in a lower series. For example - HD4830 vs. HD4770. In this case it is important to understand - the graphics card with the higher series prefix will be stronger than the lower one and therefore HD4830 contains more graphic power, even if by a very small margin. Another example between two graphic cards Their graphic strength will be HD6790 vs HD6850
Within these names, 2 graphics cards may also be hidden in graphics cores. These video cards will be HD5970, HD6990 and HD7990 for example. There is no sure way to know by name whether the video card is dual core but it seems that the last two series adhered I HAVE D With the extension 990. In the past, branding was a bit different - HD4870X2 if you remember your part. The only way to know is simply to read online.
Another thing to keep in mind is that old and new video cards overlapping each other, it's not true that the HD6450 is more powerful than HD5870 being HD6000. The only way to know the difference between video cards from previous series and new ones is simply to read reviews. Sometimes jumping between small video card series and switching changes can cause confusion. For example, HD6850 is not stronger than HD5850 simply becauseI HAVE D Decided that the 800 series would become a performance market rather than a high market as it did in branding the previous series. Again - It is important to read reviews graphic cards In order to know the differences, Both in terms of performance and technological improvements.
There is another thing that affects the name of the video card and less depends on theI HAVE D, More processors that receive the graphics core from which to produce the graphics cards. Companies like Sapphire, HIS, Powercolor and many more often add video card names to highlight their own unique graphics card add-ons. However, they must use the minimum that is the name of the video card. The most recent example will be Radeon The HD7870 version is limited to 1536 processing units compared to the standard XXUMX HD7870 only.
To this core, AMD did not give an official name other than the HD7870 but the video card makers were given the freedom to add their own name to be distinguished from standard HD7870. so, Sapphire called the HD7870 XT graphics card, AndCalled him a Powercolor named Myst.
What is Boost? And Ghz Edition?
After AMD finished placing its new Radeon HD7000 graphics cards, it decided to refurbish some of them, even retroactively. Two new terms on the red side of NVIDIA They are Ghz Edition and Boost.
Ghz Edition - Remember, this term does not necessarily indicate a special version of a video card! There are two Radeon HD7000 video cards that are HD7870 and HD7770 that come with a core frequency of 1000 MHz or 1 GHz and because of this fact decided I HAVE D Which is simply calling them Ghz Edition, it's not that there are versions that come in lower frequency. True, HD7970 came into the world at a core frequency of 925 MHz and after several months decided I HAVE D It Launches HD7970 Launched With Frequency Core Higher 1050 MHz and Boost capability (set in the next paragraph). Have you switched to 1000 MHz? Congratulations, you Ghz Edition!
Boost - Another new term in the world Radeon and graphics cards -NVIDIA. While on the side of NVIDIA Many video cards such as GTX680, GTX670 and GTX660 Ti have been launched and carry a dynamic core frequency that varies by power and use. The core in HD7000 remains slightly less intelligent and at constant voltage constant. AMD has decided that no more (!) And some of its graphics cards need to be a bit smarter. HD7970 was the first to participate in the experiment with a Ghz version with a core frequency of 1050 MHz that could dynamically jump to 1075, 1100 and sometimes even more. True, in contrast NVIDIA Here the frequency change is artificial and depends mainly on the driver and not on the graphics core.
Geforce GTX 650Ti Boost Rare chicken. This is the first video card that not only contains the Boost technology but also more internal processing power than the video card with the same name only without Boost. This graphics card is pre-positioned between GTX 650Ti and GTX 660. A very confusing step of NVIDIA.
Unlike Ghz Edition, the Boost was applied in some cases retroactively, and not only in launching products that carry it. A good example would be HD7950, which got the BIOS update, which makes it faster through high-frequency operation As we reported here.
At this point, any reader who did not know anything about branding video cards should know what Sapphire is Radeon HD7870 XT Boost.
Desktop Graphics Cards - NVIDIA
Switching green screen cards to green NVIDIA He's a little less simple and has his rules. First of all,I HAVE D, The series of video cards for the entry market have been reduced. The graphics card makers have not been so interested in this market in recent years and they hardly invest in launching and developing new video cards. Most of what is there will be old video cards packed with new names just to complete series. One of the reasons for this is the takeover Intel On the mobile graphics chip market with the integration of graphical cores in Sandy Bridge processors andIvy Bridge New ones that are found in almost any processor.
Prefixes in them NVIDIA Uses the last few years and will probably use in the coming years will be GT, GTS and GTX when the GT symbolizes the entry market, GTS the middle market and GTX the performance market and upper end market. This tradition began somewhere in the GeForce 6000 generation in the mid-2000s with video cards like 6600GT and 6600Ultra and continued to form in the GeForce 7000 series with 7800GT and 7800GTX. In the transition after the GeForce 9000 series began NVIDIA Use a slightly different branding and hundreds as we know it today.
In addition to the prefix, we find the number divided into 2 parts. The first part of the Mayan is the series to which the video card belongs, for example 600 or 500. The second number will tell you about the specific market segment to which it belongs. In addition, there is sometimes an addition that signifies a bias of graphic strength to more or less. Reinforced graphic strength will be marked with letters like Ti (Titanium Shortcut) and weakened graphic strength will usually be marked in SE.
The classic example will be GTX560, which comes in many variations. There is a classic GTX560, a video card that belongs to the performance market. Although there is also a video card called GTX560 Ti and GTX560 SE when one is stronger than the other the weaker. There is no fixed pattern for some of these versions are weak or strong and therefore again our hot recommendation is to use reviews graphic cards In order to know exactly what they are. A more recent example would be GTX650 and GTX650 Ti when the Ti version is tens of percentage points and is not a negligible difference at all.
Sometimes extra letters can be a big fishing net for video card makers to catch many confused buyers who think that if they buy GTX560 SE they will get GTX560 but unfortunately not. Segmentation of the markets of NVIDIA It is much rougher than that of I HAVE D But both manufacturers have solutions for each market segment. graphic cards As GTX680 and GTX670 overlap graphic cards Like HD7970 Ghz and like HD7950 Boost.