Some popular brands of graphics cards for desktop computers are Nvidia and AMD. The Nvidia GeForce series GTX of graphics cards are among some of the top rated graphics cards for desktop computers. The GeForce GTX 980 uses the Maxwell GM204 GPU and can achieve a speed of 99.2 frames per second. It supports a wide range of graphics technologies, including DirectX11, DirectX12, OpenGL, OpenCL and PhysX.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card also uses the Maxwell GM204 GPU architecture and has a 256-bit memory bus. It has a slower clock speed than the GTX 980 and can achieve a speed of 94.5 frames per second. The maximum noise rating of this graphics card is 40.8 A-weighted decibels, making it a quiet card. In addition, it offers various types of display ports, including DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2, and it supports up to four displays.
Some top-rated AMD graphics cards are the AMD Radeon R9 290X, R9 280X and HD 7970 models. The AMX Radeon R9 290X uses the company's Hawaii GPU and has a 512-bit memory bus. It has a maximum noise level of 59.2 A-weighted decibels and consumes 305 watts of power when running on maximum power. It can achieve a speed of 51.3 frames per second.