Best Graphics Cards For The Money: January 2011

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mattmock

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I would really love for the GTX 570 to drop to about $275. I am ready to upgrade from my current GTX 260 SLI set-up and I really want to double my fps for about $500 total, but it will probably be another 4-6 months before that is possible.
 
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I'm seeing on the Newegg that the 5750 and GTS 450 are priced almost identical...maybe ATi has already responded to the 450 dropping in price?
 

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GTX 580 has always been in short supply...don't blame it on the Christmas rush for this. But if you can get your hands on one, it would be gaming utopia! (at a price)
I agree with rmmil978. Get yourself a 6950 and unlock its true potential, as shown on Techpowerup. Awsome value.
I chose the upgrade path and crossfired my old 5850 by snapping up one of the last ones available (in Oz). Hit and miss really...probably not worth the effort. I run a single 1920x1200 monitor and some games just don't benefit at all (ie NFS Hot Pursuit 2010). But getting a Vantage GPU score of over 27000 (overclocked) does make you feel good!
 
From article: "At this time, the Radeon HD 5570 is easy to find at $130, and at that price, its hard to recommend the $120 Radeon HD 5750."
I'm assuming the first reference should be to the HD5770?

Nice reference, as always.
 

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I grabbed an HD 5870 on sale for $215, which just goes to show if you dig around and have some patience, you can find some sweet deals.

I'm loving mine.

As always, interesting read.
 

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Just a heads up that Sapphire has two rebates out on most of their ATI cards right now through Amazon. I just bought a 5770 for $130 but there's $30 in rebates which appears to be a really good deal.
 
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Don, Don, Don. Been eating worms? "we wait with baited breath"
(the word you wanted there is 'bated' which has an entirely different meaning to 'baited')

That said, the 'graphics card report' is one of the best things on THD.
 

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Is it just me or is everyone else sick of all of those rebates....it is like every single video card has a rebate.....ugggg

BTW nice review. ;-)
 
Huh ? A category for $360 and another for $370 ????? ... why no $350 category ? And the $370 tie is shared between a $350 card and a $370 card ?????

The cards should be picked to fit categories, not pick the categories to make sure a card makes the list.
 

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[citation][nom]Pixel13[/nom]Don, Don, Don. Been eating worms? "we wait with baited breath"(the word you wanted there is 'bated' which has an entirely different meaning to 'baited')That said, the 'graphics card report' is one of the best things on THD.[/citation]

LOL, sorry about that Pixel, I should have caught that in editing. 'Baited' is a particular pet peeve of mine ;-)
 
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I would love to see a note of the best passively cooled gfx aviable at the marketing everything month.
 

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I realize the list is aimed at gaming graphics, but it would be nice to add a section for 1 or 2 graphics cards recommended for HTPCs that handle heavy video tasks with occasional gaming.
 

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It's cool to see that my 4870's are still rocking the list. 4870's in Xfire are just a tad quicker than the X2 anyways. I'll keep these till they are bested by a single card. 7000 series maybe?
 

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This is just an idea but what if you added a little chart on the side next to each card showing how much fps it gets is popular games.

I think that will give people a better idea of what the card can do for the average price.

Just a thought!
 
Some problems with this article:
-It is lame to say there is no best video card for $500. If the GTX 580 is the best at that price range, then list it without the proselytizing.
-Most people who make recommendations on the forums say that you should never start with a dual card setup. Save the dual cards as an upgrade path down the road. If that is the case, they should list the best single card and leave it at that.
 
After spending $600 + tax on my CF 5850s in May... it hurts to see it costs less for 6970s now. On one hand, the performance is very nice on my cards so I'm not really missing out, but on the other hand, I love a good deal.
 
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