Top 10 Graphics Cards for Gamers

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Friday, September 4, 2009

top-graphic-cardsWhether you are new to this gaming world or an old fella who like to finish those latest games before others come to know about them, you know that graphics cards or video cards are the most important part of your PC when it comes to playing those latest high end PC games in its highest resolution and fine texture details. But when you go to the market in search of a good video card you are destined to be lost among a huge number of graphics cards from different manufacturers under various brand names with different capacities of video memory. While it is a simple fact that larger video memories can handle heavier graphics process loads but the other two factors of selecting brands and models are equally difficult tasks. To help you make your decision faster and easier, here we have collected the best range of video cards available in the market today. The list includes the top performing video cards which may cost you a bit more for its performance and also the cards that has the best performance to price ratio for the gamers on budget. Have a look at the list and decide which one you would buy.

1.  Nvidia GeForce GTX 295

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This is the best performing graphics card till date though they don’t come cheap.
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  • Two powerful graphics processors on one graphics card delivers the fastest performance to date
  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0 and PCI Express 2.0 support
  • Free 24/7/365 Tech Support and Lifetime Warranty
  • Display Connectors: 2 Dual-Link DVI-I
  • HDCP Capable, HDMI Capable with Included Adapter Kit

Price

$477

2.  ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2

This is ATI’s dual GPU Card with a whopping 2GB Memory onboard.
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  • TeraScale Graphics Engine
  • Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
  • 00 Stream Processing Units
  • ATI Radeon CrossFireX
  • DirectX 10.1 Support

Price

$554

3. PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT

This graphics card offers the best performance to price ratio.
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  • Video card with 512 MB of 256-bit memory
  • Full support for Microsoft DirectX 10.0 Shader Model 4.0
  • PCI Express 2.0 support
  • NVIDIA SLI Technology allows two graphics cards to run simultaneously
  • Dual Link DVI for high resolution monitors (up to 2560×1600)

Price

$280

4.  ATI Radeon HD 4890

This is the fastest single-GPU card at the moment.
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  • 1GB DDR5 Memory
  • Double Lifetime Warranty
  • Crossfire Ready
  • ATI Avivo HD Ready

Price

$197

5.  Nvidia GeForce GTX 285

This is a true graphics powerhouse with its new 55nm technology and some 1.4 billion transistors.
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  • 2 GB of ultra fast GDDR3 memory enables your high resolution games to come to life
  • Overclocked out of the box to deliver a free performance boost over standard models
  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0 and PCI Express 2.0 support
  • Free 24/7/365 Tech Support and Lifetime Warranty
  • Display Connectors: 2 Dual-Link DVI-I

Price

$404

6.  ATI Radeon HD 4870

This card provides excellent value for money for the high end gamers.
4870

  • Native HDMI port build-in with low-profile Design
  • Radeon HD4870
  • Engine Clock: 750 MHz
  • 1G of DDR5 memory. Memory Clock: 3.6Ghz MHz. Memory Interface: 256bit
  • DVI /2nd DVI /HDMI /TV-out /HDTV Support

Price

$167

7. Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX

Though this card is a step down from GTX 200 Series or NVidia, it is still a decent single GPU solution at a bargain price.
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  • PCI Express 2.0 Compatible
  • GeForce 9800 GTX+ with 756 MHz clock
  • 512MB 256-bit 0.8 ns GDDR3 memory
  • 1123 MHz clock with 2246 MHz effective memory rate and 1836 MHz Shader Clock
  • Full DirectX 10 and Open GL 2.1 Support

Price

$180

8.  ATI Radeon HD 4850

If you can’t afford the 9800 GTX from nVidia, this is the best option for the ATI fans.
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  • PowerColor Professional Cooling System Series
  • Supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1
  • CrossFireX compatible

Price

$124

9. XFX GeForce 8400 GS

This is an entry level video card for gamers if you can’t afford the 9800GTX.
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  • Built for Windows Vista
  • Double Lifetime Warranty
  • 512MB of DDR2 Memory

Price

$93

10. MSI NX8600 GT

This is the best video card with lots of features at a bargain price.
geforce-8600gt

  • Enclosure Type Plug-in card Interface Type PCI Express x16
  • Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Core Clock Speed 540 MHz
  • RAMDAC Clock Speed 400 MHz API Supported OpenGL 2.0, DirectX 9.0c, DirectX 10
  • Video Memory Installed ( Max ) 256 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM

Price

$60

Discussion

Darren
October 6, 2009: 1:26 pm

The problem with this review is it does not include the GeForce GTX 260. Except for maybe 3 instances (1 being an unforseen error), it beats out the 4870, according to Techgage (http://techgage.com/article/ati_hd_4870_1gb_vs_nvidia_gtx_260216_896mb/1).

And the card costs less…

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