World of Warcraft is a multiplayer online game that was released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment, taking the gaming world by storm instantly. Even now it is considered one of the best multiplayer games online, with its players count increasing day by day. The reason this is possible is that, although the game is famous for being highly complex, the system requirements one’s computer must reach are not extreme. The game can easily be played on the lower end, entry-level computers with average, low-cost
Below is a list of the best graphic cards for the world of Warcraft the computer industry can offer you.
List of Best Graphics Cards for WOW
NVIDIA released, GeForce GTX 950 in august of 2015. MSI’s card only has a slight increase in the price range, which comes with an overclocked memory, and other fancy customizations. This card has a highly solid and cost-effective footing and can easily be afforded by players who just need enough performance to play the world of warcraft.
For its price range, the graphics card provides a frame rate per second performance of 80 at medium and a whopping 120 fps at low in-game video settings and high screen resolution (of 1080p). Even with the game being played on high graphic settings, you can easily get around 60 fps.
The card has a video memory of 2GB, which you usually do not get around this price range.
Although the design of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 is similar to the design of the GTX 960, it is much better simply due to its price-performance ratio. While GTX 960 is another very solid card you can use, the GTX 950 has the same specifications in addition to its very affordable price. And with MSI’s additions to the card, such as the company’s signature cooling system of dual fan cooling and a base clock of 1127 MHz (slightly better than the 1024 MHz that NVIDIA offers), this graphics card may be the best one you can get, to play a casual game of world of warcraft.
With so many positives that come with this graphics card, there is a slight issue of the relatively less amount of CUDA cores (NVIDIA’s processing units) and texture units as compared to the others of the same series. This directly translates to the fact that although playing world of warcraft on medium to high resolutions (low to medium video settings) would work just fine for you. It would be better if you did not run the game at ultra-resolutions even if your computer supports it.
Released by NVIDIA in October 2016, this GPU has been around for 4 years now. At the time of its release, it had a price point of an average mid-ranged graphics card, but after modifications by Gigabyte, it now retails for a higher price than it did before. This could be considered a good deal, but not an ideal one due to its repeated increase in price.
The graphics card we are talking about here is a 4GB one, but depending on the manufacturer, it can have a size of 2GB or even 3GB.
Although this card is slightly more expensive than the MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, it still is an option we would very much like to put out there. For its price range, it provides a solid frame rate per second of 80 at a resolution of 1080p when running World of Warcraft at high video settings, which is slightly better than the GeForce GTX 950. So according to that, the game can run at 120 fps easily when the resolution is high, but the in-game video settings are low. If you put the resolution at 1440k the graphics card can render 60 fps at a medium to high in-game video setting. And at 4k, the graphics card can get the fps of 30 at high resolution.
The gigabyte graphics card offers a windforce 2x cooling system, which features two unique 80mm cooling fan blades and semi-active fans that dissipate the heat from the system for better performance. The overclocking in this card is pretty simple, you do not have to have much knowledge of overclocking to be able to do it. With a base clock of 1316 MHz and a boost clock of 1430 MHz (not overclocked), this graphics processor probably going to meet all of your requirements for playing world of warcraft.
To be very honest, this graphics card does not hold a lot of drawbacks except for the fact that there are a few graphics cards that are slightly better than this one and are about the same price range. We are going to be discussing them below.
So here we are, with another graphics card with an NVIDIA powered GPU. This one is another low/ medium-end card that will help you run World of Warcraft if you want to play the game casually. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti GPU was released by NVIDIA in February 2014, which makes it the oldest one on this list as of yet. This also had a starting price of an average mid-ranged GPU making it the same as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, but when customized by EVGA, the price point predictably increased. Which makes it close to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
After all the rage about its price, one question comes to mind. Is it worth it? Will it play World of Warcraft properly? Honestly, the performance is going to be similar to GeForce GTX 950. It will play the game smoothly at low to medium in-game video settings but at 1080p, but it will not do much at high in-game video settings and higher resolutions.
This GPU is one of the first variants based on the Maxwell architecture which makes it newer than the Kepler architecture. This version of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti by EVGA has a set of characteristics that make it different and much more advanced. It has a specially designed cooling system with a copper core insert and an increased fan size of 12%. It also comes overclocked with its base and boost clock being 1176 MHZ and 1254 MHz, respectively. Benchmark shows that this graphics card has a 6% better performance than its reference GPU.
The performance would not be the best at high settings and resolutions higher than 1080p. And honestly, it is slightly pricier than similar performing graphics cards.
Of the same 700 series, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is another GPU one should not overlook. It was released in June 2013 and was surprisingly released at a price higher than its peers making it more expensive and oldest amongst the ones we have discussed as of right now.
The performance this graphics card offers is considered the minimum to be able to smoothly run the world of warcraft. Any specifications lower than this one will not run the game on your computer. So, from that, we can deduce that this graphics card can run the game smoothly at low in-game video settings. The best resolution it supports is 1920 x 1080. Although it can run on a higher or a lower resolution as well. It supports DirectX 11 gaming systems.
This graphics card supports 4 concurrent displays. It also comes factory overclocked, and has a really good cooling system, although not as good as the EVGA GeForce GTX 750 SC. Its base clock and boost clock run at a frequency of 1072 MHz and 1137 MHz, respectively. This GPU is based on Kepler architecture.
The graphics card is good and has good performance considering the time it was released. But since it is old, it might lose driver support and updates.
To be very honest, this graphic card, for its price range probably has the best performance out of the ones we have already discussed. The AMD GPU was released in July 2017 with a starting price of a lower-end GPU. And like the rest, the MSI version, with a few customizations, is slightly higher in price (but is still considered a lower-end graphics card).
The card, like we discussed before, was released in 2017 with a different set of sizes. Although the one we are discussing right now is 2GB, it is available in 4GB as well. The question here is, does this card perform well with World of Warcraft? Yes! It performs great! It can achieve a solid 90-100 fps at high in-game graphics and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Even if you bump it up a notch at 1440p, it will be able to run at 60 fps at medium to high graphics. How great is that?
The card is small, to say the least, it has a low-profile design which makes it light and saves space. It also comes with an overclocking utility. it has a factory overclock from 1275MHz to 1320 MHz.
Honestly, when it comes to the negatives, this card does not have any. In fact, it may be the best one on this list.
Another GPU from the Radeon RX 500 Series that stands its ground against the others in this list. This GPU was released in April 2017 with a price of an average mid-ranged card. Which increased slightly after the MSI customizations. The card itself is a little higher in price than the Radeon RX 560 (of the same family), which is understandable, considering that the gaming performance has a slight improvement as well.
World of warcraft runs silky smooth with a Radeon RX 570, it could run at a consistent 120 fps at high game graphics and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. But the real redeeming quality is the fact that it runs at about 80-90 fps at 1440p resolution (with high in-game graphics) and a solid 60 fps at 4k resolution (with similar high in-game graphics).
This card offers a lot for its price range, with its factory overclocked memory, and the classy black and white design. It also has the Zero Frozr, MSI’s signature noise eliminating technology that was introduced in 2008. Equipped with a dual fan system and having the base and boost clock of 1168 MHz and 1268 MHz respectively, this card is one of the best you can have.
Just like the one before this, I believe the RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC does not have many negatives about it. So, let us move on, shall we?
Good Graphics Cards for World of Warcraft
A Buyer’s Guide
World of Warcraft is a highly celebrated game, with not a lot of competitors when it comes to other online multiplayer games. If simply put, the game is massive. But not in terms of its requirements for a good GPU, surprisingly. Rather than a good graphics card, you might want to look for a good CPU for the game, because world of warcraft is more CPU intensive than it is a GPU. With that being said, you cannot overlook the importance of a graphics card either. Below are a few ways you can use to help you buy the right graphics card for World of Warcraft.
First things first though, let us go through the basics before we go into the nerdier details.
What is a Graphics Card?
When we talked about the basics, literally going into the basics was really what was implied. We will go into the much more specific terms as well, but for now, let us just define our reasons for writing this article in the first place.
A graphics card or a video card is the little expansion component (or can be integrated on the motherboard) inserted into your computing device, that does the graphical work for the CPU. It displays the graphical data with more clarity, color, definition, and resolution.
Before we had graphic cards, this work was done by the processor.
Although the terms GPU and Graphics cards are used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same. The GPU is the actual processing chip on the graphic card, which in addition to all the components around it makes up a graphics card. Most GPUs are usually made by the two monster technology companies i.e., NVIDIA and AMD (our graphic cards have these very GPUs as well).
Important Things to Understand
Difference between integrated and dedicated graphics card
An integrated graphics card is the one that shares its RAM with the CPU and does not have its own processing unit. These cards are usually pre-installed in the computer and are just enough to do simple tasks but are definitely not enough to play World of Warcraft or any game for that matter.
A dedicated graphics is the one that has its own processing unit, the GPU (details explained above). These graphic cards have their own RAMs called the VRAMs (video) and allow the user (AKA you) to do the more graphically rigorous work, like playing World of Warcraft of course.
The first spec to consider is the memory. The more memory your graphics card has, the faster your game is going to be. But a good graphics card is not characterized by the amount of memory it has, you do not necessarily have to buy a really large graphics card for your game to run better when you can easily get those results with a medium/ low memory card.
Instead, invest the money in a good CPU.
Save Some Money for the CPU
Like I mentioned before, you cannot have a proper gaming system if you spend all the money on buying an expensive, over the top graphics card without keeping in mind the importance of a good gaming processor. Make sure you buy a good processor that will last you for a considerable time while you change and upgrade other components around it.
Consider the minimum graphic requirements for World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is not a very demanding game, although it does require its own set of specifications, by comparing it to other newer games you can see that it does not require as much. The minimum GPU requirement for it on the official Blizzard website is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, or an AMD Radeon RX 560 (which we have above in our list).
Is your Monitor’s resolution Enough?
Although most low to medium end gaming graphic cards will not be able to perform well when it comes to high demanding games at a resolution of 1080p (with high in-game graphics). Games like world of warcraft, as we mentioned before, are graphically simple and can even be played at 4k high resolution with an average fps of 60. So, your monitor’s resolution is, for sure, going to be compatible with the graphic cards we mentioned above if we consider World of Warcraft.
Can you Afford an Expensive Graphics Card?
Just like when you are considering a graphic card’s memory, keep in mind the fact that higher-priced premium graphic cards are not always going to be the best option. Especially where World of Warcraft is concerned. In the list of cards, we have above, all the cards are categorized in low to mid-range price points and work smoothly with the game.
Other things to consider:
- Clock Speeds
- Processors (CUDA cores or Stream Processors)
- Memory Bandwidth
- Thermal Design Power and Cooling systems
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can my game work with a graphics card with an NVIDIA GTX GPU under the 700 series?
No, your game will not be able to work if you have a card below the 700 series, in fact not all the 700 series cards work either i.e., the 740 and below.
Can my game work with a graphics card with a Radeon RX GPU under the 500 series?
Yes, and no, some graphic cards might work, albeit with low performance, under 500 series, but the Blizzard website does not recommend that.
Where can I purchase my card?
You can buy your graphics cards at your nearest electronics store, or any official manufacturer franchise near you. There are different online websites where you can get your graphics card, amazon being on the top.
Can I somehow make do with my integrated graphics card?
No, you cannot play world of warcraft with your integrated graphics card.
Can I buy a graphics card for my laptop?
In most cases, you cannot simply buy and upgrade your laptop’s graphic card. So, before you buy your laptop you have to make sure its pre-installed graphic card meets your graphical requirements.
Just like any other game, World of Warcraft has its own fair share of graphic card options and problems. This is exactly why we wrote this guide for you. In addition to your own research, you can go through our list of graphic cards to particularize your own list and have a better idea of what would work best for you and your computing system.
Do let us know if we were of any help to you, in the comment section below.