Who doesn’t like a graphics card in their PC? – almost everybody because the reason is very prominent. With the help of Graphics Card, one can easily play video games, edit videos and audios and also do any graphics related tasks in computers. Not only for gamers but also for content creators, audio and video editors, it is a very important thing to utilize in their work in a daily basis. Without graphics cards, the computer will be so unentertaining and boring. So, regarding this topic is naturally very interesting for all of us, right? Therefore, in this article, I am going to cover two simple yet necessary graphics card related topics. The first one is the difference between Graphics card and GPU and the second one is, Founder Edition Cards and All In Board Cards: definitions and their differences.
Difference between Graphics Card and GPU
It is a very common problem that many users are confused with the fact, or you can say, myth i.e. the difference between Graphics Card and GPU. You, just like the majority of users, may think that both of them are the same thing and misuse those two terms but they obviously aren’t. GPU is a little chip-like component placed in the Graphics Card. Graphics card is a circuit board where necessary components like VRAMs, different ICs, regulators, controllers, inductors, etc. including GPU are situated. All the graphics and display related tasks and functions are done by mainly GPU with the help of other components in the Graphics Card. So, you can say GPU is the “Brain” of the Graphics Card. You can relate them with Motherboard and CPU. Just like CPU is only a component within the Motherboard, GPU is also a component within the Graphics Card. Therefore, the conclusion is; GPU is not Graphics Card and that means, Graphics Card is container and GPU is simply content with other components for operating the Graphics Card.
The reason for this confusion is very simple. You can’t separate the GPU from the Graphics Card just like CPU can be separated from the Motherboard. That’s why people think they both are the same thing. Let me give you an example to clear the foggy confusion and to enter the sunlight of the information. You may not know the thing that every Graphics Cards have their different GPUs with their different names. As an example NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the GPU is GP104-400-A1. On the other hand, the GPU of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is, GP106-400-A1. If you want to know further about those Graphics Cards and their respective GPUs, click the link below to know in detail (Link). After getting all this information regarding this, I hope you will not again be confused with Graphics Card and GPU as the same.
Founder Edition Graphics Cards and All In Board Graphics Cards
GPUs are designed by only NVIDIA and AMD whereas the Graphics Cards are developed by their partner companies like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, etc. Whenever NVIDIA or AMD launch a new graphics processor in the market, they also define that how the other components like VRAM, Power Phases, Inductors, Mosfets, etc should be placed on that Graphics Card which will use that particular GPU.
Now, if any partner company follow those references of requirements to launch a new Graphics Card, it is called Reference Card. But the concept of Reference Card has been changed when NVIDIA launched their 10 series cards. In the past, NVIDIA or AMD did not launch any Graphics Card in their own way but NVIDIA starts to do this from its 10 series cards and they launch cards in the market in their own way and style with labeling their brand name.
It doesn’t mean that the partner companies become worthless and stop their marketing on this. Those companies also introduce new Graphics Cards in the market with the GPUs of NVIDIA or AMD. In that case, the Graphics Cards, introduced by NVIDIA with their own brand name is called Founder Edition Graphics Cards and on the other side, the Graphics Cards, created by other manufacturers are called Add-in Boards (AIB) Graphics Cards. The main advantage of AIB cards is the custom design. That means those companies make changes in their Graphics Cards in their own way to make them excellent. They change the coolers, twist the GPU clock, use more powerful high-quality capacitors, improve the power phrases and many more changes they can make.
AIB is more costly then Founder Edition Cards and also has a higher boost clock and more efficient coolers as compared to Founder Edition and that is the reason, AIB Cards provide better performance than the rest. Because of these, AIB cards also possesses more overclocking capability than the Founder Edition. How much overclocking it can handle is completely depending upon the manufacturer, also be careful when you overclock your GPU it creates more heat than normal so your PC should have enough fans to throw the heat out of the PC case.
An interesting point to know that when 10 series cards are available, the performance of NVIDIA cards becomes pretty low because of the blower-style coolers but in recent 20 series cards, they improve their coolers in a massive way and so the performances become better. now NVIDIA cards can easily compete with the partner companies Graphics Cards.
To conclude this, I would say, Founder Edition Cards are a lot cheaper and its performance is a little bit lower but still it would be a great companion of your PC. If we compare it with AIB Cards, as AIB Cards are expensive than Founder Edition Cards, it definitely provides better performance than Founder Edition Cards. So, if you guys enjoyed by reading this article then don’t forget to comment down below to appreciate my work thank you so much.