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March 20, 2010 6:52:08 AM

I would be extremely thankful if someone could explain to me how graphics cards are named. Currently, all of the names look like the same mumbo-jumbo to me. Throw in some numbers, a weird word, and a few letters.

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a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 7:09:37 AM

it depends on the series, brand or manufacterer.

generally, the higher tyhe number the better.

for instance, in ati cards, the first number is the series: 5xxx is a 5 series card.

58xx is better than 57xx and a 5870 is better than 5850.

with nvidia, its virtually the same with a 9500gt being better than a 9400. but more letters is good too, with a 9800gtx+ being better than a 980gt. it then also splits off though, with thew high end cards being '200' series. GTX260 or GTX 285 for instance.

it ca be a little confusing, are there particular cards you are looking at?
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March 20, 2010 12:13:59 PM

welshmousepk said:
it depends on the series, brand or manufacterer.

generally, the higher tyhe number the better.

for instance, in ati cards, the first number is the series: 5xxx is a 5 series card.

58xx is better than 57xx and a 5870 is better than 5850.

with nvidia, its virtually the same with a 9500gt being better than a 9400. but more letters is good too, with a 9800gtx+ being better than a 980gt. it then also splits off though, with thew high end cards being '200' series. GTX260 or GTX 285 for instance.

it ca be a little confusing, are there particular cards you are looking at?


Thank you. :) 

No, I'm not looking at any particular card. Something around 100-150 $. My main problem was that I just didn't know how the names worked and it was causing problems.

Again, thanks. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 8:29:01 PM

lol, no problem. and good luck looking for a card.

id suggest either an nvidia GTS250 or an ATI 5770 in that price range btw.
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March 20, 2010 8:41:14 PM
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March 20, 2010 11:22:37 PM

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