Video editing and graphic design requires high performance PC’s to keep everything running smoothly and at optimum speed. The rendering and encoding of projects can take a long time. It’s important to have computer which can handle these tasks without any problems. However not everyone is aware that super powerful video cards are not necessary for video/photo editing.


In this article you will find information about what video card to choose to sufficiently handle your workload based on your requirements, without wasting extra money on super powerful video cards.


Maybe it sounds strange, but to tell the truth, graphics cards are not the most essential component when it comes to photo/video editing and other creative work using the most popular software.


I would go so far as to say that it is not even absolutely necessary to have powerful graphics card in PC when using most editing software. That being said, some modern video editing software often take advantage of graphics cards through hardware acceleration for encoding and rendering, and having even a moderately powerful graphics card will make a big difference.


Video editing software relies on the processor (CPU), and only uses your GPU for specific purposes such as:


  • GPU-accelerated presets (Blur, Mosaic, etc.).
  • GPU features (Blending Modes, Scaling, etc.).
  • Video effects (Brightness/Contrast, Color Balance, etc.).
  • Video transitions (Cross Dissolve, Dip to Black, etc.).


Let’s take a look at Nvidia Graphics cards; this type of card is more than powerful enough for image/graphic editing. Low budget graphics cards such as GT 710 – GT 740 will be sufficient to render your video or to work with most graphics.




NVIDIA GT 740: price approximately 75 EUR


Key Features:

  • CUDA Cores: 384.
  • Memory size: 2GB.
  • Power: 64W.
  • Display Outputs: DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI.
  • Recommended PSU: 400W.



NVIDIA GT 710: price approximately 40 EUR




Key Features:

  • CUDA Cores: 192.
  • Memory size: 2GB.
  • Power: 19W.
  • Display Outputs: DVI-D, HDMI, VGA.
  • Recommended PSU: 300W.















Below are a selection of AMD video cards, which also are good for video editing and support all necessary features.



XFX Radeon R7– price: 80 EUR



  • Bus Type: PCIe Gen 3.0.
  • Memory size: 2GB.
  • HDMI: 1.
  • DVI: 1.




Radeon HD 6350: price 90 EUR




  • Bus Type: PCIe x16 Gen 2.0.
  • Memory size: 2GB.
  • HDMI: 1.
  • DVI: 1.


So to conclude, my advice would be to save your money and decide what you need the graphics card for, productive work or only gaming?

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