Graphics card technology: 2021 so far

2nd December 2021
Graphic cards 2021

Your PC’s graphics card is one of the most important pieces of tech equipment within your set up. Allowing your computer to quickly carry out impressive tasks such as complex computations, physics processing and running top level CAD software applications, it’s one of the most important factors in your PC’s performance.

Like all technology, graphics cards are rapidly evolving when it comes to their capabilities. Workstation set ups often come equipped with specialised graphics cards which, paired with the latest specialised graphics software drivers, allow for incredible levels of quick performance, data accuracy and integrity, as well as top levels of simulation across a whole range of visual and design applications.

Nvidia rtx graphics card a2000

So, what developments have we seen in graphics cards in 2021 so far, and what can we expect to see in the future?

New updates for 2021

Professional graphics cards for workstations, unbeknownst to many, differ considerably than their gaming counterparts. Their external details and equipment, as well as their driver functions are all specifically designed to work seamlessly with the most advanced programmes and systems.

For graphics cards, this means packing a lot of power into a relatively small space. Housed in an impressively petit frame, the Nvidia RTX A2000 is due for release in October. A workstation graphics card with a self-described ‘low-profile design’ shows that smaller graphics cards emerging onto the market reflect the growing ability for overall set ups to become more compact.

External housing isn’t the only development on the market in 2021 though. Earlier this year, AMD released their Radeon Pro W6000 Series offering of workstation graphics cards, with an aim to provide high performance at an affordable price.

AMD are in the process of refreshing their graphics card capabilities thanks to their new graphics architecture. This architecture means their new graphics card models can deliver up to 79% faster performance than their previous generation – a staggering increase.

radeon pro w6000 series

Targeting the most demanding architectural, design and engineering simulations, as well as video editing workloads, high demand graphics cards are allowing people to tackle more and more intricate work faster than ever before.

New competition

For many years, AMD and Nvidia have sat firm at the head of the leader board when it comes to producing workstation graphics cards. However, 2021 has seen the announcement of a new competitor entering the graphics card ring.

Tech giant Intel, best known for its CPUs, will be releasing their own range of consumer graphics cards in 2022. Known as The Arc brand, Intel’s range will span “multiple hardware generations”, with the first products in the series codenamed ‘Alchemist’.

It’s a bold move in a year that has seen catastrophic shortages in graphics card availability. Manufacturing delays due to Covid, as well as shipping delays and Bitcoin “mining” using GPUs saw a global shortage of graphics cards.

However, establishing a foothold within the graphics card industry while demand still continues to outweigh supply may stir up the industry, encouraging other technological manufacturers to follow suit.

The future of graphics card technology

The pandemic has caused a global shift in how we live, how we work, and how we use technology.

For many industries, expectations for graphics card capabilities are rapidly increasing as technology opens further doors for innovation and creation.  But what will the future look like for the graphics card industry?

It’s likely that the gap between high-end and low-end graphics cards will reduce, with the opportunity for those with a lesser budget able to enjoy better performance and speed thanks to an increase in manufacturers and more marketplace competition.

There will be an increased focus on realism and optimising visual capabilities to include virtual reality and AI, opening up new hands-on experiences for a wide range of industries.

Computer systems for businesses

On top of this, the need for organisations to provide top of the range PC builds, housing the most up to date graphics cards for their staff, both at home and in an office, environment will continue to increase.

Upgrading graphics cards to keep up with regular technological enhancements can be extremely costly to an organisation, particularly if different team members require different PC or laptop set ups.

Equipment leasing is the perfect solution, giving you complete control over the hardware and software your team has access too, providing you with the flexibility to enjoy the latest technology when you need it.

From laptops for staff on the go, to full PC set ups for the office, or for your team working from home, HardSoft leasing solutions provide you with an affordable way of accessing high-performance devices, with full after-care support packages and flexible rental solutions to suit your individual needs. If you would like to find out more about our leasing options, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.