Graphics cards explained: How to buy the right GPU

Graphics cards explained
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The graphics card (also known as the GPU) in your PC or laptop is one of the most important components, and while GPUs are primarily used by gamers to push cutting edge graphics at ultra-high resolutions, they can also play a very important role for creative professionals (or hobbyists).

So, how important is a GPU? Well, for a start, if your PC or laptop didn’t have one at all, you’d struggle to use it – as you wouldn’t be able to plug in a monitor and interact with the computer! That’s why pretty much every computer has a GPU.

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Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for over 15 years, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a managing editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.