Top 20 Graphics Cards for PC Gaming

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The Radeon HDThe Radeon HDPurchasing a PC graphics card can be a daunting task as there is a remarkable variety of graphics cards available in the market aimed at gamers.Whether you are considering an upgrade to your current system, or you want your new system to be able to run the latest games, the very latest technology is always expensive. These video cards were selected because they are good values in their class, and they are ordered roughly from slowest (least expensive) to fastest (most expensive).

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20. ATI Radeon HD 4670

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The Radeon HD 4670 is small enough to fit into even the tightest cases, but it still packs enough power to give Nvidia’s 9600 GT some competition. 512 MB and 1 GB versions of these cards are available, but the memory bus is only 128-bit. You’ll need to go down to medium settings if you want to play Crysis at 1280×1024, but less demanding games will run quite well on this card at that resolution.

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Price:

under 80$

19. Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT

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The 9800 GT has quietly replaced the extremely popular GeForce 8800 GT, although there is very little difference between the two. There are 9800 GTs made with a 65nm process, but the most recent ones have be reduced to 55nm, meaning that they require less power and produce less heat. Manufacturers have thrown in a variety of extra features beyond the reference design, so compare a few brands to see what best suits your needs.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: nVidia
  • Series: GeForce 9
  • GPU: G92
  • Release Date: 2008-07-29
  • Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
  • Core Clock: 600 MHz
  • Shader Clock: 1500 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 900 MHz (1800 DDR)
  • Memory Bandwidth: 57.6 GB/sec
  • FLOPS: 336 GFLOPS
  • Pixel Fill Rate: 9600 MPixels/sec
  • Texture Fill Rate: 33600 MTexels/sec
  • Max Power Draw: 105 W
  • Noise Level: Moderate
  • Framebuffer: 256,512,1024 MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR3
  • Memory Bus Type: 64×4 (256 bit)
  • DirectX Compliance: 10.0
  • OpenGL Compliance: 2.1
  • PS/VS Version: 4.0/4.0
  • Process: 65 nm
  • Shader Processors: 112 (128)
  • Pipeline Layout: Scalar MADD+MUL
  • Texture Units: 56 (64)
  • Raster Operators: 16

Price:

under 100$

18. ATI Radeon HD 4830

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The Radeon HD 4830 is the latest addition to the 4800 series, and as its designation suggests, it’s a little slower than the HD 4850. The HD 4850 has 800 stream processors, while the HD 4830 has only 640, and the core speed of 550 MHz is 50 MHz less than the HD 4850. Like the HD 4850, the HD 4830 can be found with either 512 MB or 1 GB of GDDR3 memory. Comparable in performance to a GeForce 8800 GT, these are solid gaming cards for a reasonable price.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: ATI
  • Codename: M97
  • Pipelines: 640 – unified
  • Core Speed: 550 MHz
  • Shader Speed: 550 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 700 MHz
  • Memory Bus Width: 128 Bit
  • Memory Type: GDDR3, DDR3
  • Shared Memory: no
  • DirectX: DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
  • Transistors: 826 Million
  • Technology: 40 nm
  • Features: Powerplay, CrossFireX support,
  • Notebook: Size large
  • Date of Announcement: 03.03.2009
  • Information: 512 – 768 GFlops Computing Power

Price:

under 100$

17. Nvidia GeForce GT 240

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One of Nvidia’s recent budget offerings is the GeForce GT 240, from the same family of GPUs that began with the GTX 280. The GT 240 gives Nvidia a chipset that offers performance comparable to a 9600 GT, but costs less to produce. It’s the first of Nvidia’s cards to use GDDR5 memory. It’s also one of only a few Nvidia cards that doesn’t support SLI, although that won’t be an issue for most people. Although the GT 240 comes in a good price point, it’s a DirectX 10 card. Of course, right now ATI’s 5000 series has the advantage of supporting DirectX 11.

Specs:

Stream Processors 96
Texture Address / Filtering 32/32
ROPs 8
Core Clock 550MHz
Shader Clock 1340MHz
Memory Clock 3400MHz
Memory Bus Width 128-bit
Frame Buffer 512MB
Transistor Count 727M
Manufacturing Process TSMC 40nm

Price:

under 100$


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