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Earlier on this year I decided that it was time for me to go back to desktops for more serious gaming, I finally got round to starting this a couple of weeks ago. One of the main pieces of the puzzle was of course the graphics card seeing as my main use was serious gaming.
When deciding which card I wanted I knew that it was going to be Nvidia, I have always used Nvidia with no problems and nothing but quality engineering in the card.
When browsing the graphics card market there was a vast array of card to choose from and I spent about an hour weighing up the differences before finally landing on the quadro 600.
Why this card?
First of all It had to be compatible with my motherboard so it had to be a PCI 2.0 card which is pretty standard of all cards out at the moment and this didn't effect my final decision. Next I wanted quite a high SDRAM and with this being 1GB that was more than enough to run any game out on the market today. Finally the decision maker was this card supports 3D which although i'm not using at the moment I know its something I will upgrade to in the future.
When the card arrived it was nicely packaged and secure in the box so I was confident that there wouldn't be any damage to the graphics card during delivery. It came with an installation disk and the manual book. Installing the actual card was real simple, just slotted it into my motherboard and when I started my computer up I put the disk in and installed the drivers for the card and It was done!
With all the hard work done all I had to do was sit back and play a few games to see how it ran. I bought a few new games that had just been released for the PC and required some of the serious power the card had to offer. Testing the card within minutes I knew I had made the right choice, never before had I played games on the computer running them in such high quality and so smooth to go with it! The card maintained a stable 60 frames per second even when the screen got a little hectic.
All said I'm really happy with this buy I payed £160 for it which was quite steep but I believe it was worth it seeing the how easy the card was to set up and how well it runs my games, not to mention the possibility of 3D whenever I'm ready to take that option. I recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade the graphics in their desktop and looking to play some new games.
~ Personal Opinion ~
As I tend to build most of my computers I bought the PNY NVIDIA Quadro 600 graphics card to go with my new mainboard. When I was looking at buying a graphics card I always look for decent specifications e.g. good amount of graphics memory (1 GB (Gigabytes)), and obviously a card that is compatible with my motherboard (PCI).
I would personally recommend getting high amount of graphics memory to enable better graphics on your PC. Also you may need a HD monitor if you wish to go to certain resolutions using the graphics card (HDCP compatible).
I also went with the NVIDIA technology graphics card as I have used NVIDIA products in the past and they have been top notch and quite reliable. On another note if you do tend to suffer from driver problems usually it is very easy to go to the NVIDIA website and download the relevant update to fix any glitches or conflicts which you may be having with standard drivers from the windows system.
I didn't need this on this occasion as most pieces of hardware come with a CD which will have software on it to install on your PC which will enable perfect functionality for your graphics card.
~ Why choose this device? ~
I chose this as I previously mentioned as it comes with a lot of SDRAM onboard which is what I require for gaming online especially for newer PC games which are released. I also do a lot of multimedia work which requires a lot of graphics and memory to render certain bits of content. The output resolution is high 2560 x 1600 / 60 Hz - 30-bit colour.
This product also conserves engery so if you are going for the efficient type of machine then this will maximise productivity and reduce energy usage saving you money in the long term.
~ Easy to install? ~
I had no problems installing this into the PCI slot on my motherboard and took roughly a few seconds once slotted in (obviously when my PC was switched off).
~ Shop & Price ~
I bought my card from the website Amazon for a price of around £208, not the best value for money but still powerful and comes with the technology I required for my PC. It arrived a few days later well packaged and in great condition.
All I had to do is unpack, undo my PC casing and then insert into the relevant PCI slot and install the software and then tweak a few software settings and overall takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. If you are not as IT literate you may have to get an engineer to install it for you (PC World).
~ What do I need to know? ~
The RAMDAC clock speed is 400 Mhz which is quite fast and what this does is enable sharper edges for your graphics.
API (API is a software program which enables access and make use of the services and resources provided by a different software program that implements that ) supported with this card are: DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL and I am sure there are more that I haven't mentioned.
~ Conclusion ~
I am very glad I decided to pay a bit extra and get this graphics card as it does a great job now I have built my PC from scratch. I have had no problems running any software packages since using this card. I have recently run office 2010 and Windows 7 through this card without any issues so compatibility wise it is excellent value for money.
When I decided to build my own PC I was certain that I had to have great graphics as I have to use lots of big programming software packages and have to render high amounts of graphics. The more SDRAM the better I say on these types of hardware packages.
~ Extra Technical Details~
+ Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0 x16
+ Max Resolution Details: DVI: 2560 x 1600 / DisplayPort: 2560 x 1600
+ Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVIDIA Quadro 600
+ Dimensions (WxDxH): 16.8 cm x 6.9 cm
~ Ratings ~
Ease of use: 3/5
Graphics Output: 5/5
Energy Efficient: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5