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

Published: 30th Nov 2011, 11:51 GMT

Buyer’s guide for December 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 (384) 1GB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448) 1GB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5, GeForce GTX 580 1536MB, ASUS MARS II 3GB (GTX580)

Radeon HD 5670
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
8
400
20
790
1000
61/300
6367
1460
Radeon HD 5670 is not a gaming graphics card. Although, it will handle old gaming titles, it is addressed for multimedia processing purposes. Radeon 5670 is energy saving card and has some overclocking potential.

 

Radeon HD 6770
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
16
800
40
850
2400
108/400
12119
2625
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
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
16
800
40
840
2100
150/400
13717
3245
Radeon HD 6790 is refreshed and improved version of Radeon HD 5770. It has wider memory bus width (256bit) which will easily handle high resolution monitors.

 

Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
32
900
48
775
2000
127/400
15708
3539
Middle-end graphics cards starts here. Radeon HD 6850 is quite similar to GTX 460, but its cheaper and performance is comparable.

 

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
32
384
64
880
1375
170/500
19013
4607
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 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
40(48)
448
60(64)

732
1900
210/500
20825
5693
The newest graphics card from NVIDIA. Refreshed PCB with new GeForce GTX 560 Ti gpu, with additional pipelines (384 -> 448). It is the best solution it this price tag. In syntethic benchmarks GTX 560Ti(448) is even faster than GTX 570.

 

GeForce GTX 580
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
48
512
128
772
2004
244/600
24426
6670
GeForce GTX 580 represents the newest Fermi graphics family from NVIDIA. Significantly improved provides substantial performance boost.

 

ASUS Mars II (Dual GTX580) 3GB GDDR5
ASUS Mars II/2DIS/3GB
Raster Units
Fragment Pipelines
Texture Units
Default Core Clock
Default Memory Clock
Power Draw / Required PSW
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
96
1024
256
1544
2004
350/700
36825
10410
If your budget is unlimited you should probably choose ASUS MARS II. This card has no opponent in this price. ASUS MARS II is a solution for enthusiasts or collectors, as its superhard to find nowadays.

 


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