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Video Quality Tested: GeForce Vs. Radeon In HQV 2.0
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We've tried to include as many relevant graphics cards from the bottom rung to the top-end flagship architectures. One of our goals is to find out the cheapest cards that offer the ultimate image quality. Here are the details of the system with which we're benchmarking, and a list of the graphics cards we put to the test:

  Test System
MotherboardGigabyte MA790XT-UD4P
Socket AM3, AMD 790X, BIOS F8G
ProcessorPhenom II X6 1100T
  3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Max Turbo CORE)
Hexa-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
MemoryCrucial DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel 2 x 2048 MB, 669 MHz,
CAS 9-9-9-24-1T
GraphicsHIS Radeon HD 6850
1 GB GDDR5
XFX Radeon HD 5750
1 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 5670 Reference
512 MB GDDR5
ASUS EAH5550 Silent
Radeon HD 5550, 1 GB DDR2
ASUS EAH5450 Silent
Radeon HD 5450, 1 GB DDR2

Galaxy GeForce GTX 470
1280 MB GDDR5
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW Edition
GeForce GTX 460, 1 GB GDDR5
Gigabyte NX88T
GeForce 8800 GT (representing 9800GT),512 MB DDR3
Gigabyte N40D5
GeForce GT 240, 512 MB GDDR5
ASUS ENGT 430
GeForce GT 430, 1 GB DDR3
ASUS EN210 Silent
GeForce G 210, 512 MB DDR2

(all clock rates have been set to reference specifications for the purpose of benchmarking)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
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