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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:05:59 PM

Hello, I have searched and searched and looked at charts but I cant make up mine mind. What is the best card or cards for about $200? running a AMD Phenom II x4 925 and have 600W power.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:14:26 PM

An HD5770 or HD4890 are the best cards in the $150-200 price range. The HD5770 is cheaper, DX11 compatible and very power efficient/runs cooler while the HD4890 offers 15-20% more performance.
You may want to wait a bit and see how much the HD5830 costs. It should be out before the end of the month and may be your best choice.
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a c 365 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:18:25 PM

My guess is the HD 5830 will fill the $200 - $260 gap. Probably $225...
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:42:31 PM

How important is DX 11?
How do the HD5770 compare to a GeForce GTS 250 or 260 and how about using two older cards?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:44:43 PM

^Exactly. I think it is due out the end of this month. At least that is what I keep seeing.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:48:16 PM

Quote:
How important is DX 11?
How do the HD5770 compare to a GeForce GTS 250 or 260 and how about using two older cards?

Depends on what games your play. For a midrange card DX11 is not that important as in my own opinion it doesn't have enough power to run DX11 graphics well enough at higher settings. A higher ends card will benefit from it as it can handle the increased graphics load. It is not that important right now, but once games start coming out that support DX11, they would(should) look better in DX11 mode.

The 5770 performs pretty much between the GTS250 and GTX260. Being that it outperforms the 250, but is outperformed by the 260.

See Tom's article on the 5770: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 5:56:27 PM

What is the native resolution of your monitor?
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 6:03:56 PM

my monitor is 1920x1200
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 6:08:34 PM

jay2tall said:
Depends on what games your play. For a midrange card DX11 is not that important as in my own opinion it doesn't have enough power to run DX11 graphics well enough at higher settings. A higher ends card will benefit from it as it can handle the increased graphics load. It is not that important right now, but once games start coming out that support DX11, they would(should) look better in DX11 mode.

The 5770 performs pretty much between the GTS250 and GTX260. Being that it outperforms the 250, but is outperformed by the 260.

See Tom's article on the 5770: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446...


It really depends on the games more than anything. http://alienbabeltech.com/main/?p=12436 had the 5770 less than 2% behind the gtx260 on launch drivers. You can pretty safely bet that its already a little bit faster than a 260.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 20, 2010 6:10:09 PM

For a resolution that high especially it would be a good idea to wait and check out the HD5830. Definitely don't consider anything weaker than the HD5770. In general you'll want a card in the first 4 tiers on this chart;
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
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