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Best PCIe Card: $100 And Under

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: July 2011
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Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For $65:

Radeon HD 5570 DDR3 (Check Prices)

Great 1680x1050 performance in most games, 1920x1200 in many games with lowered detail

Radeon HD 5570
Codename: RV830
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 400
Texture Units: 40
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 650
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (1800 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP:43 W

We've seen the Radeon HD 5570 GDDR3 for as low as $60 online. This card delivers playable 1680x1050 performance in most games. It's a great starting point for a budget gaming machine or as an upgrade for anyone stuck using integrated graphics.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 5570 for more information on the card and its underlying architecture.

Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For $75:

Radeon HD 5670 (Check Prices)

Exceptional 1680x1050 performance in most games, 1920x1200 in most games with lowered detail

Radeon HD 5670
Codename: RV830
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 400
Texture Units: 20
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 775
Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (4000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP:61 W

The Radeon HD 5670 offers strong performance and DirectX 11 compatibility, along with all of the other Radeon HD 5000-series features, such as multi-display support and high-def audio bitstreaming. Folks planning to buy one for a budget-oriented triple-monitor Eyefinity setup have to pay attention though, as some manufacturers don't include the DisplayPort output needed to use three monitors simultaneously.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 5670 for more information on the card and its underlying architecture.

Best PCIe Card For ~$100: None

Honorable Mention:
Radeon HD 6670 (Check Prices)

Exceptional 1680x1050 performance in most games, 1920x1200 in most games with lowered detail

Radeon HD 6670
Codename: Turks
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 480
Texture Units: 24
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 800
Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (4000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP:66 W

The Radeon HD 6670 doesn't offer much of an upgrade over the Radeon HD 5670, but it takes an honorable mention for being the most powerful reference card you can buy that doesn't require an auxiliary PCIe power cable.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6670 for more information on the card and its underlying architecture.

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