Best PCIe Card For ~$220:
Radeon HD 5830 (Check Prices)
Great 1920x1200 performance, 2560x1600 in most games with lowered detail
|Radeon HD 5830|
|Core Speed MHz:||800|
|Memory Speed MHz:||1,000 (4,000 effective)|
|DirectX/Shader Model:||DX 11/SM 5|
The new Radeon HD 5830 delivers Radeon HD 4890-class performance for $220, but includes all of the Radeon HD 5000-series value-adds to go with it. With the scant availability of the Radeon HD 4890 and disappearance of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 275 from the market, AMD's Radeon HD 5830 is the only single card left standing at this price point. Now that it can be found as low as $220 online ($199 with rebates), we can give it a proper recommendation, although we don't think buyers should pay any more than that with the vastly superior Radeon HD 5850 at $290.
Read our full review of ATI's Radeon HD 5830 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
Best PCIe Card For ~$250:
2 x Radeon HD 5750 in CrossFire Configuration (Check Prices)
Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance in most games
|2 x Radeon HD 5750 in CrossFire|
|Universal Shaders:||1,440 (2 x 720)|
|Texture Units:||80 (2 x 40)|
|ROPs:||32 (2 x 16)|
|Core Speed MHz:||700|
|Memory Speed MHz:||1,150 (4,600 effective)|
|DirectX/Shader Model:||DX 11/SM 5.0|
Dual Radeon HD 5750s in CrossFire make for a much more powerful option than a single Radeon HD 5830, if the buyer is willing to pay the extra money required for a CrossFire motherboard and a beefier power supply.
Read our full review of ATI's Radeon HD 5750 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.