Detailed graphics card specifications and reviews are great - that is, if you have the time to do the research. But at the end of the day, what a gamer needs is the best graphics card within a certain budget.
Another nice article. Personally, I'm recommending the HD 3850 512MB over the 8800GT 256MB because 256MB just isn't going to cut it at with new/upcoming games even at relatively low resolutions when AA is cranked up.
And the tier chart at the end has been mislabelled.
Also, would it be possible to add SLi/CrossFire configurations to the tier chart?
I will also like to see the VGA charts updated with some DX10 games (crysis, etc).
Also, some it looks like some benchmarks have video cards on older PC while other video cards are in newer PCs. Oblivion for example in the VGA chars show thye 8800GT at 32fps @ 1600x1200. In the 8800GT review, it looks like the 8800GT gets 84fps @ 1600x1200. http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/10/29/geforce_8800_gt/...
It looks like they are both outdoor/max renderings and I am sure there is some detail I'm missing. But something is still way off.
There may be a lot of extra work to re-benchmark all those old cards on NEW PCs on games/apps that didn't exist when the card came out.
I'm personally not really excited about the 8800GTs & 3870s & low-end cards. But I can see the article very useful for people that need a card today.
I think the 8800GTS (G92) should be listed in the $300-$500 range. I chose it because of the fan. I didn't want to reinstall a cooler on my video card, so I payed a bit more and got a dual slot cooler.
I buyed a 8800 GTS 512MB... i feel like a dumbass now... nah just kidding I think I got a good deal for it since it came with crysis and the fan is way better than the 8800 gt. It cost me 359.99 in amazon
However If I may say, the 1GB version of the 8800GT was not there...surely for the $$$ and for large screens that is the best choice no?
From the benches I've seen the 1GB 8800 GT is almost always equal to the 512MB version, except in very rare and specific cases. I suppose if you're after a specific title at an ungodly resolution it might be worth the extra money, but that's a bit too restricted for me to endorse it as a better buy.
Good reviews, I am missing the possibility to upgrade direct X 10.xx. In the Dutch gfx-fora people are saying the 8800GT cannot be upgraded to 10.1 and the HD3870 can.... how's that for a brainteaser.. or not?