Often you’ll come across a situation where your existing onboard display connector is malfunctioning and you need a functional port to connect your monitor to. Or sometimes, your computer will not come with a display connector because the processor does not have integrated graphics. Both Intel and AMD have processors without integrated graphics. In such situations, you need a basic graphics card and these PCIe graphics cards will do the job without requiring additional power connectors. Let’s make it very clear that these graphics cards are not meant for gaming with high FPS.
ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1GB DDR3
The ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1GB DDR3 graphics card is a low-profile graphics card that consumes less than 75 watts of power so it can be used in any PC with a functional PCIe x16 slot. With 1 GB of DDR3 memory, you don’t get much with this graphics card but when you want a basic graphics card that gets the job done, this would be right up your alley.
Inno3D GT710 2GB DDR3
The Inno3D GT710 2GB DDR3 has a very compact form factor. It’s a low-profile card like most of the ones on this list but it’s also very short. The length of the graphics card is as long as the PCIe slot so this is as small as it can get. Another added advantage is that the Inno3D GT710 2GB DDR3 has 2GB of DDR3 memory so you can run slightly larger resolution panels with this graphics card.
GALAX GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3
The GALAX GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 is an economical graphics card with active cooling. The GT 710 isn’t a hot GPU, to begin with, but the active cooling certainly helps keep temperatures low and that in turn goes a long way towards extending the life of your components. The GALAX GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 has 2GB of DDR3 memory making it capable of running higher resolutions.
Asus GeForce GT 710 2GB GDDR5
The Asus GeForce GT 710 2GB GDDR5 is the only graphics card in this list that uses GDDR5 memory instead of DDR3. GDDR5 is similar to DDR3 and GDDR4 in the sense that it uses 8-bit wide prefetch buffers. The Asus GeForce GT 710 2GB GDDR5 has a slim form factor and uses passive cooling and comes with a VGA, HDMI and DVI-D port.