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Best PCIe Card: $125 To $200

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: April 2011
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Best PCIe Card For ~$120:

Radeon HD 5770 1 GB (Check Prices)

Great 1920x1200 performance in most games

Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
Codename: RV840 "Juniper"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 800
Texture Units: 40
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 850
Memory Speed MHz: 1200 (4800 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP:108 W

The Radeon HD 5770 1 GB is an extremely attractive $120 option, offering a worthwhile upgrade beyond the cheaper Radeon HD 5750 and GeForce GTS 450. This card is one of our price/performance favorites, and with Radeon HD 4870-class performance, it's an excellent starting point for the serious gamer.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 5770 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.

Best PCIe Card For ~$150: None

The GeForce GTX 460 768 MB and new Radeon HD 6790 deliver impressive performance for a reasonable price tag, but with the Radeon HD 6850 dropping to $165, it's hard to recommend these cards instead of spending a mere $15 premium for the more powerful card.

Best PCIe Card For $165:

Radeon HD 6850 (Check Prices)

Great 1920x1200 performance in most games

Radeon HD 6850
Codename: RV970 "Barts"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 960
Texture Units: 48
ROPs: 32
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 775
Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (4000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0
Max TDP:127 W

AMD's Radeon HD 6850 proved to be a worthy adversary for the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB, and the AMD card's aggressive price forced Nvidia to drop its own MSRPs in order to stay competitive. Both boards offer DirectX 11 support and HD audio bitstreaming capabilities, but with Radeon HD 6850 priced at the $165 mark, it's affordable enough to earn the sole recommendation at this time.

Read our full review of AMD's Radeon HD 6850 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.

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