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Absolute best single GPU on the market?

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July 14, 2011 7:42:16 AM

The Gainward GTX 580 3GB "Phantom" is supposed to be the fastest, coolest-running, and most efficient single GPU card on the market. It's giant heat sink and cooler allows for extreme overclocking headroom. It's 3GB of RAM will dominate 2560x1600 with maximum AA and still have room to boot!

The only problem is that it's about $800.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9STmGDJ880
a c 273 U Graphics card
July 14, 2011 5:19:55 PM

And the point of this question thread is?
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July 14, 2011 6:44:09 PM

geekapproved said:
Fastest single gpu is GTX580.

Fastest graphics card is HD6990.

Tom's chart (sum of all games tested)

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...

I thought the GTX590 was the fastest? It depends on which site you've read benchmarks from, however take a look at the video link below and they are neck and neck. I personally would buy the 6990 as here in the UK the GTX590 is around £60.00 more expensive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAYQ3TzOlb8

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a c 167 U Graphics card
July 14, 2011 7:23:28 PM

ambam said:
The Gainward GTX 580 3GB "Phantom" is supposed to be the fastest, coolest-running, and most efficient single GPU card on the market. It's giant heat sink and cooler allows for extreme overclocking headroom. It's 3GB of RAM will dominate 2560x1600 with maximum AA and still have room to boot!

The only problem is that it's about $800.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9STmGDJ880


Are you asking or telling here? A top of the line video card for $800 is not a problem, it's just what they cost. I work on systems with $1,000 cards and $5,000 monitors. Sure it's pricy, but anything that is the "best" will be. Unless you are talking about the best bottle cap or something. Even then they will probably cost more than your average bottle cap.
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July 15, 2011 4:30:15 AM

hang-the-9 said:
Are you asking or telling here? A top of the line video card for $800 is not a problem, it's just what they cost. I work on systems with $1,000 cards and $5,000 monitors. Sure it's pricy, but anything that is the "best" will be. Unless you are talking about the best bottle cap or something. Even then they will probably cost more than your average bottle cap.


3GB of texture memory sounds awfully excessive. Unless you're using multiple monitors and/or trying to run a game at resolutions beyond 1080p.
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a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 3:34:20 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Are you asking or telling here? A top of the line video card for $800 is not a problem, it's just what they cost. I work on systems with $1,000 cards and $5,000 monitors. Sure it's pricy, but anything that is the "best" will be. Unless you are talking about the best bottle cap or something. Even then they will probably cost more than your average bottle cap.


That's great you work on systems with $1000 video cards.......but a real computer technician builds computers with $4000 video cards on a regular basis.
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a c 167 U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 3:43:42 PM

geekapproved said:
That's great you work on systems with $1000 video cards.......but a real computer technician builds computers with $4000 video cards on a regular basis.


oo which? I don't think I ever had to use anything that pricy for video outside of rack mount systems. Don't think even the old SGI cards we used in a biotech I worked for were that much.
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a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 4:02:18 PM

hang-the-9 said:
oo which? I don't think I ever had to use anything that pricy for video outside of rack mount systems. Don't think even the old SGI cards we used in a biotech I worked for were that much.


Ever heard of Nvidia Quadro's or ATI FirePro??
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a c 167 U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 4:38:18 PM

geekapproved said:
Ever heard of Nvidia Quadro's or ATI FirePro??


Yea I got a stack of them around me, did not know they went up to 4 k. though.

edit.. looked them up, they do get pricy. FX 5800 SDI is 6k+. They must just be cheap where I work.
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a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2011 7:53:55 PM

Cheap because they aren't as good of a card.

Newegg has Quadro's at $4000.
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