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Best PCI-E Card For ~$250

Best Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money: April 08
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GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
Codename: G92
Process: 65nm
Universal Shaders: 128
Texture Units: 56
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 600
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (1800 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

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The 8800 GTS is essentially an 8800 GT with a little more firepower. It sports 128 universal shaders compared to the GT’s 112. It bests its 8800 GT brother, but not by much, and it’s more expensive - in most cases the GT will suffice, but if you have $250 to spend, this is your card.

Best PCI-E Card For $300

2x GeForce 9600 GT 512 MB in SLI configuration
Codename: G92
Process: 65nm
Universal Shaders: 64
Texture Units: 32
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 650
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (1800 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

Two 9600 GT cards in an SLI configuration will offer a similar price/performance ratio as two Radeon 3870 cards in a Crossfire configuration at a cheaper price. Either way, performance is unprecedented at the $300 price point.

Best PCI-E Card For $400

2x GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB in SLI configuration
Codename: G92
Process: 65nm
Universal Shaders: 112
Texture Units: 56
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 600
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (1800 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

Frankly, the performance increase of two 8800 GTs over two 9600 GTs is usually not worth mentioning: however, there are a handful of games at high resolutions where the 8800 GT will win by a notable percentage. If high resolution gaming with high image quality options enabled is your forte, and budget isn’t a concern, then two 8800 GTs might be justifiable.

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