Best Graphics Cards for Money: September 2011 (Buyer’s Guide)

Published: 3rd Sep 2011, 07:28 GMT

Buyer’s guide for Semptember 2011. Updated with newest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce cards.
Which is the best graphics cards for money this month?
Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR3, Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5, Radeon HD 6790 1GB GDDR5, Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 580 1536MB, GeForce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5


Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR3
Radeon HD 5670
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
8
400
20
790
1000
61
350
6367
Radeon HD 5670 has a good performance to energy-saving ratio. It is easy overclockable.

Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 6770
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
16
800
40
850
2400
108
400
12119
Radeon HD 6770 is actually the same graphics card as Radeon HD 5770, which is slighly slower than Radeon HD 5850. It has decreased memory bus bandwidth and lower number of Fragment Pipelines.

Radeon HD 6790 1GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 6790
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
16
800
40
840
2100
150
400
13717
Radeon HD 6790 is refreshed and improved version of Radeon HD 5770. It has wider memory bus width – 256bit.

Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
32
900
48
775
2000
127
400
15708
Radeon HD 6850 is mid-end graphics card from AMD. It is much smarter choice compared to GeForce GTX 460. It is however slower than Radeon HD 5850, but the technology is more power saving.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
32
384
64
880
1375
300
600
19013
In this price tag you should definately get one of GeForce GTX 560 Ti models. This graphics cards is better solution than Radeon HD 6870.

GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
40
480
60
732
1900
225
600
21953
GeForce GTX 570 is the best graphics card in this price tag. AMD cards can not be compared to NVIDIA’s GTX570 as there aren’t any comparable cards in this price.

GeForce GTX 580 1536MB
GeForce GTX 580
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
48
512
128
772
2004
244
600
24426
GeForce GTX 580 represents the newest Fermi graphics family from NVIDIA. Significantly improved provides substantial performance boost.

GeForce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 590 3072MB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Core Clock
Memory Clock
Power Draw
Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
96
1024
128
607
3414
365
700
30382
If your budget is unlimited you should probably choose one of GeForce GTX 590 models. This card has no opponent in this price.





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