What is the best video card out there? 16 replies

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#1 10 years ago

I was just wondering, what is the absolute best graphics card out there? Also, what factors in to graphics card performance, like as in all of the speeds, interfaces, etc?




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#2 10 years ago

It's debatable because you have to consider what your criteria for judging such a piece of equipment is. There are factors such as single vs dual GPU cards, those that support CUDA, PhysX, etc, vs DX10.1, and then of course performance per dollar.

In dual GPU the top dogs are the 4870 X2 and 9800 GX2. In single the GTX 280 and 4870. ATI tends to win in the performance per dollar factor.




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#3 10 years ago

(Also, some might have better performance than others in 2D or 3D and vice-versa, etc.)




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#4 10 years ago

I would say the 4870X2 is the pretty much the best card out right now.

The regular 4870 is the best single card right now, its not the absolute fastest (the GTX280 is), but it's only a few percent slower, but only costs half the price.




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#5 10 years ago
Apollo75;4550330I would say the 4870X2 is the pretty much the best card out right now.

However, the card is nearly 12" long...so you NEED a full tower case to fit it.

It also requires a minimum of 600W (650?), 1000W highly recommended if you put 2 of them monsters in.




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#6 10 years ago
DarkKrucifix7;4551388However, the card is nearly 12" long...so you NEED a full tower case to fit it.

That is not anywhere near true.

From [H] Enthusiast, "Comparing sizes, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and GeForce GTX 280 are exactly the same length at 10.5 inches." [COLOR=Blue][H] Enthusiast - AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Preview[/COLOR]

...and btw that is exactly the same length all behemoth cards have been since the first of the long GPUs debuted back with the release of the 8800GTX. There's no way anyone making a card 12" long would sell enough of them to clear a decent profit.




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#7 10 years ago

>Omen<;4550279It's debatable because you have to consider what your criteria for judging such a piece of equipment is. There are factors such as single vs dual GPU cards, those that support CUDA, PhysX, etc, vs DX10.1, and then of course performance per dollar.

In dual GPU the top dogs are the 4870 X2 and 9800 GX2. In single the GTX 280 and 4870. ATI tends to win in the performance per dollar factor.

I always thought Nvidia had the best performance per dollar factor, unless that is just for the under $300 cards. I will probably go for a good 9800 gtx or something similar, because I don't want to spend that much money yet, then again, with plans to get Crysis and Far Cry 2 when I do get a new PC, it may be better to wait anyway, seeing how fast technology is advancing. :lol:




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#8 10 years ago
The SoleutatorI always thought Nvidia had the best performance per dollar factor, unless that is just for the under $300 cards. I will probably go for a good 9800 gtx or something similar,

Nvidia did, but not anymore. Now ATI does.

I wouldn't get a 9800GTX right now unless your just a die hard Nvidia fan. The ATI Radeon 4850 can easily match or beat it, supports newer features, and can be had for $150-190 depending where you look. Or if your willing to spend a litte more, you can get the Radeon 4870 (which is only a few percent slower than the GTX280) for around $280-300




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#9 10 years ago
The Soleutator;4551814I always thought Nvidia had the best performance per dollar factor, unless that is just for the under $300 cards. I will probably go for a good 9800 gtx or something similar, because I don't want to spend that much money yet, then again, with plans to get Crysis and Far Cry 2 when I do get a new PC, it may be better to wait anyway, seeing how fast technology is advancing. :lol:

Well no matter what you thought in the past, the recent huge drop of Nvidia's pricing on the GTX 280 followed by a slight raise in the price of the 4870 X2 is rather self evident that ATI's pricing is what's drawing attention, even if it doesn't come in quite as low as the pre release rumors indicate.

Anytime you can get a big dog like Nvidia, whom have dominated with the 8800 series, to drop their pricing over 30% on their top card right after release, it speaks volumes for your product value.

As for waiting, yeah, good idea if it's no problem for you to do so. Some of the things up in the air are the yet to be released 55nm Nvidia cards, how many games will support PhysX, including whether soon to be released ATI cards will support it, and what Nvidia's pricing on the 55nm cards will be.

I'm hoping by the end of the year most if not all of these questions will be answered, because that's when I plan on building my uber Nehalem rig, probably with a Tylersburg X58 MB supporting Crossfie AND SLI.

The only other thing I'm pondering GPU wise is how soon the first DX11 cards will be released. Many speculate Nvidia has passed over DX10.1 intending to wait until MS comes out with DX11, so I wouldn't be surprised if they release a DX11 ready GPU first. This of course may not happen until Windows 7 is at or near release, though DX10 hardware was out before Vista so it may not be that far off.




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#10 10 years ago

I did a bit of research, and found that the 4870 seems to be quite a good card after all, closely tied with the GTX 280. I really don't have much of a choice but to wait, seeing how I still need some way to come up with the money to buy a PC. In my experience, waiting has been better, such a bummer that I spent near $500 for a PC months before PCI express came out, which has been the best thing for gaming since, well, I don't really know. Anyways, thanks for the info, I'll keep what you said in mind, and check everything I can when I finally can get a new PC.




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