It would be great to get a users list of great working cards to save others the hassle of trying to decide
After taking time and building a newer Pc i tried three types of graphics cards , my 12 year old well capable HD7790 and i never had much trouble with peaks , had troubles but not peaks , i bought a new GT730 series that Steinberg say they support the 700 series upwards and i had horrendous problems with not being able record VSTi’s on a lower buffer than 256 or even playing back a project on 256 so i bought another graphics card ,a GTX1050 and guess what ? ALL my spikes have gone , it doesn’t matter if i open ,close anything , start , stop ,the Asio meter (apart from disk streaming ) does not move or peak out at all , all yesterday a worked on a fairly large project for me and not once did the ASIO meter peak to the red , i was pretty shocked as Steinberg state that graphics cards are not important , well to my personal system , graphics is damn important as i found out yesterday , it makes the difference of peaking out from a quarter and glitching to sitting totally stable at a quarter . So my conclusion is , if anyone on Pc that isn’t running a 12/13th gen has peak problems a possibility is your graphics card .
If i ran Spectral layers 9 (which is the most intense graphics program on the comp) with the Latency mon open i would get horrendous far into the red spikes spikes in the Mon by just moving the mouse on screen with a 700 series graphics card .
So not liking this at all i bought another more capable graphics card GTx1650 and ran ran the same test with spectral layers and guess what ?
BOTH TESTS ARE WITH EXACTLY THE SAME PROJECT OPEN with Spectral Layers running in the background .
I must add , i use 3 monitors so i think with the Gt730 it was just not man enough for the job but having 4 hdmi ports on the card i thought i would give it a go .
So this was my little non scientific test to show that , well ,yes graphics cards do make one hell of a lot of difference on how a DAW handles audio dropouts and since this test the Cubase ASIO meter now sits stable and i can actually record anything i want lower than 256 without the Asio peaking out .
even if this little test only helps one person , it’s help