No video cards aren’t just for gaming. Video cards, often referred to as GPUs, are what power the video output from your PC which makes them a critical component for smooth video, HD and UHD displays, and multiple monitor set ups. Consider the following when choosing a video card (or cards) for your next trading computer.
Monitor resolution – These days, onboard (running off of the motherboard with no discrete video card) video will run any single monitor set up at less than 1080p HD. But for traders who need to highest resolution possible. a discrete card is a must, and the higher your monitor’s resolution, the more powerful card you’ll need. For a single 3840 x 2160 (UHD/4K) resolution monitor, we typically recommend no less than an NVIDIA GTX 960.
Number of displays – For many traders, multi-display set ups of four, six, or even eight monitors are an absolute must for getting a leg up over the competition. High end single cards like the NVIDIA GTX 960 and above will run up to four total displays (though not all at 4K) while more than that requires a dual card configuration. For users hoping to run 6-8 4K displays, a high performance dual card set-up like 2 x GTX 980 Ti or 2 x GTX TITAN are a must.
Video output types – Today, most monitors come with the option to connect via a number of different outputs like DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA. Whatever the case may be for your monitor (s) make sure that the video card you select comes with the appropriate outputs. If that’s not an option, there are many different types adapters available as well.
A note on AMD vs. NVIDIA – The two main video card manufactures, AMD and NVIDIA have historically both made high quality, high performance cards. Lately, through both hardware and software innovations, NVIDIA cards generally perform better dollar for dollar than their AMD counterparts, and usually run cooler too. For most users, we prefer NVIDIA.
This is confusing. We know. For assistance and guidance with your specific display configuration, you can always contact our sales team at 888-300-4450.