New Video Card Before Diablo III?

Some fans might have in mind a thought lurking back and forth these past weeks: To get a new video card, or not.

At this point, it’s a personal choice. Blizzard Entertainment supports a wide-range of low, mid and high-end graphic cards.

According to the Minimum System Requirements, you should have a graphic card ranging:

Mac Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 2600

PC Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT
  • ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro

This article is partially a “reality-check” call to Diablo III fans.

For Mac users: The GeForce 8600M was released on May 2007 for MacBook Pro. The ATI Radeon™ Mobility HD 2600 was released on May 14, 2007.

For PC users: the GeForce 7800 GT was released on August 11, 2005. The ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro was released on October 17, 2006.

If your video card is in this range, you are pretty much covered. Congratulations!

If this reality-check smacked you on the face, and your computer is not able to run Diablo III, then I’ll show below some current alternatives available.

For PC users, I always recommend EVGA video cards. They have a 24/7 Technical Support, 3-year Warranty, a great forum community for questions — and of course, these video cards support DirectX 11, and PhysX ready.

One solid question fans who haven’t ever bought a video card might have is whether “X” new video card is compatible with their current motherboard’s PCI slot, or if their power supply can handle it.

The latest NVIDIA and AMD RADEON cards require a minimum of PCI-E 2.0 16x and a 400 Watt power supply +12 Volt / 24 Amps. Some models may have different requirements. High-End cards (expensive ones) might require motherboards with PCI-E 3.0.

When the retail/online stores don’t have this type of info, it’s a good idea to visit the manufacturer’s website to look at the specification page (usually available as a PDF download).

Latest EVGA NVIDIA GeForce Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock Memory Memory Bit Effective Memory Shader Clock Price
EVGA GeForce GT 520 810 MHz 1024 MB 64-bit 1400 MHz 1620 MHz $54.74
EVGA GeForce GT 440 810 MHz 1024 MB 128-bit 1600 MHz 1620 MHz $79.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 951 MHz 2048 MB 192-bit 4356 MHz 1903 MHz $169.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 850 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4104 MHz 1700 MHz $189.98
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 900 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4212 MHz 1800 MHz $249.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 797 MHz 1280 MB 320-bit 3900 MHz 1594 MHz $314.99
eVGA GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked 772 MHz 1536 MB 384-bit 4008 MHz 1544 MHz $429.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6008 MHz $689.99
EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 1058 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6208 MHz $659.98

Latest AMD RADEON Graphic Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock RAM Memory Bit Memory Clock Price
XFX Radeon HD 6450 625 MHz 2GB 64-bit 800 MHz $57.99
XFX ATI Radeon HD6670 800 MHz 1GB 128-bit 1600 MHz $71.60
XFX Double D HD 7770 1000 MHz 1GB DDR5 128-bit 4.5 GHz $169.99
ASUS HD 7850 870 MHz 2GB 256-bit 4840 MHz $260.82
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 1.0 GHz 2 GB 256-bit 4.8 GHz $359.99
XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 1000 MHz 1024 MB 384-bit 5.7 GHz $539.99

Do you have a tip or suggestion for other fans searching for a new graphic card? Let us know in the comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.
  • EVGA cards are the way to go i love mine

    • Medievaldragon

      I have been a EVGA user since around 2008 when I got a mobo and card. I love the feedback from other users in the EVGA forums, and the tech support. They release BIOS and graphics driver updates often year-round.

      I added some XFX and Sapphire models, because EVGA doesn’t have AMD cards.

      I really hope to get some fans to share suggestions or tips on video card alternatives for those who really need a new graphic card (if their current one is under the minimum system requirements).

  • Eldorian

    I’m personally a huge fan of the XFX Radeon cards myself.

  • Well this might tip the balance: NVIDIA’s latest drivers allow for ambient occlusion in Diablo 3, and I have to say the results are nice.
    Here’s a screenshot comparison: http://international.download.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/comparisons/Diablo3/Diablo3-AO-Comparison-1.html

    • Medievaldragon

      Hmm, interesting. You can actually drag and slide the vertical bar to the left and right to see the Occlusion change in real-time. Occlusion sorta draws a shadow behind certain objects to simulate depth and sharpen details.

  • Med, I have a ATI Radeon HD 4800 series. Is this enough? I think yes, right?

    • Medievaldragon

      Hi Eredalis,

      Taking a look at the ATI Radeon HD 4800 — it seems pretty recent. DirectX 10.1 support, H.264, Enhanced anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF), GDDR5 memory.

      Depending the 48XX model, these came out between January-March 2009. Just three years ago.

      Diablo III minimum system requirements supports certain graphic card models that shipped in 2005, so I wouldn’t worry too much unless you also want to play more advanced games like Crysis 3 (just announced), and other top-notch games.

      http://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/NOTEBOOK/GRAPHICS/ATI-MOBILITY-HD-4000/HD-4830-4860/Pages/hd-4830-4860.aspx

      This article was mostly aimed at the fans who rarely if ever have upgraded to a new computer, or have a unsupported video card. I made sure to post the link to the Diablo III minimum requirements page at the beginning of the article so people would take the time to look at it if they hadn’t in the past.

      Nothing worse than to ignore something to important, buy Diablo III, install it — just to get smacked with the error message during installation: “Diablo III doesn’t support your video card” — ahhhhhhh!!!!

      • Thanks! 🙂
        Also, I have now seen the recommended specifications. 🙂
        I am ready! 😀