Best Graphics Cards for Money: February 2012 (Buyer’s Guide)

Published: 31st Jan 2012, 09:58 GMT

Buyer’s guide for February 2012. Updated with newest AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce cards.
Which is the best graphics cards for money this month? We have included the newest AMD card – Radeon HD 7970 and 7950, which have taken GeForce GTX 580 and ASUS MARS II position.

Radeon HD 6770
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3Dmark 2011 Score
16
800
40
850
2400
108/400
12119
2625
Radeon HD 6770 is a refreshed Radeon HD 5770. It offers slightly lower performance in comparison to Radeon HD 5850, due to decreased memory interface and lower number of Fragment Pipelines.

 

Radeon HD 6790
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3Dmark 2011 Score
16
800
40
840
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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
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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
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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
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40(48)
448
60(64)

732
1900
210/500
20825
5898
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.

 

Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5
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Fragment Pipelines
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Default Core Clock [MHz]
Default Memory Clock [MHz]
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3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
32
1792
112
810
5000
150/500
27111
6898
Radeon HD 7950 released on 31st January is a better solution than GeForce GTX 580. It features the newest technology available (DirectX 11, PCI-E 3.0 and ZeroCore). This card, when overclocked, has a performance of stock Radeon HD 7970. It is possible to flash BIOS from HD7970, which gives even more peformance.

 

Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5
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Fragment Pipelines
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Default Memory Clock [MHz]
Power Draw / Required PSW [Watts]
3Dmark Vantage P Score
3Dmark 2011 Score
32
2048
128
925
5500
250/600
28322
7781
Radeon HD 7970 released in January is the fastest card from AMD. It is available at the same price as GeForce GTX 580, while it offers better performance. Card is known for unbelievable overclocking potential (15% OC on stock fan)



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