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what is the best graphics card.

what is the best graphics card.

Postby themitchel0 » August 17th, 2010, 8:54 pm

well what is the best graphics cards ever? anything from nvidia or ati or asus
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 17th, 2010, 10:35 pm

Right now the most powerful graphics card in terms of raw performance potential is the ATI Radeon HD 5970. However, in real world applications, it's not the best graphics card.
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby themitchel0 » August 18th, 2010, 6:50 am

what about this one? i hear good things bout it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121388

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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 18th, 2010, 7:24 am

No.
2 GTX 480s are cheaper, more powerful, and have better performance in games. Also, you can't do Folding@Home very well with ATI cards, the PPD they turn out is pitiful. Also, there are problems with the 5970 in some games (flickering, black screens, etc), which won't happen as much with GTX 480s.
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Postby djm » August 18th, 2010, 7:39 am

Nvidia is better than ATI - period.
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 18th, 2010, 7:44 am

djm wrote:Nvidia is better than ATI - period.

I wouldn't say that as a blanket statement. With this generation of cards, ATI has some solid cards out there, just not as good as Nvidia's in my opinion. There are people who prefer ATI over Nvidia, and there are merits to either company, but right now I think that Nvidia has an advantage.
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby themitchel0 » August 18th, 2010, 9:42 am

welli prefer nvidia, but i think ati has good solid ideas when they put 2 gpus on one card, likes this one and the one mentioned before
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10012727&prodlist=gan
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Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 18th, 2010, 9:47 am

The dual GPU cards have lower clock speeds than their single GPU counterparts, and are only useful if you only don't have enough PCI-e slots for the amount of power you need. Multi GPU cards have driver issues more often and don't play nicely with some games, so you shouldn't buy them unless you have to. Nvidia also has a dual GPU graphics card, the GTX 295, but they have yet to release a dual GPU card for their Fermi line.
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby themitchel0 » August 18th, 2010, 9:59 am

ok, and what is the benifeits of a devoted nvidia physkx card?
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Re: what is the best graphics card.

Postby SPARTAN-001 » August 18th, 2010, 10:15 am

If you're looking at high end graphics, not much. It's more important when you've got a mid-low mid range card, and you still want to have all of the highest settings. Something like a GTX 275 would benefit from having a dedicated PhysX card, for which a GTS 250 or something lower would suffice. For high end cards like the GTX 470 and 480, it's pointless to have a dedicated PhysX card, because they can push PhysX and high resolutions at the same time.
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