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Best PCIe Card: $60 To $110

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May '09
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Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For ~$65: Radeon HD 4670 (Check Prices)

Good 1680x1050 performance in most games

Radeon HD 4670
Codename: RV730
Process: 55 nm
Universal Shaders: 320
Texture Units: 32
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 750
Memory Speed MHz: 1,000 (2,000 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 10.1/SM 4.1

Once again, we start with the $65 price point and ATI's Radeon HD 4670. The Radeon HD 4670 is vastly superior to slightly cheaper cards like the GeForce 9500 GT and Radeon HD 4650 because its complex architecture and fast DDR3 memory allow it to deliver remarkable performance at this low price. Its closest competition is the GeForce 9600 GSO, but for $10 more, we don't think it's worth the difference, especially with the superior GeForce 9600 GT at $80. The Radeon HD 4670 is also notable because it's the only card in our recommended list that doesn't require a power connector.

Best PCIe Card For ~$80: GeForce 9600 GT (Check Prices)

Good 1680x1050 performance in most games

GeForce 9600 GT
Codename: G94
Process: 65 nm
Universal Shaders: 64
Texture Units: 32
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 650
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (1,800 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 10/SM 4.0

A slim $15 spread gives us just enough room to recommend the GeForce 9600 GT, which offers enough performance over the Radeon HD 4670 to justify that price increase if you have it in your budget. The GeForce 9600 GT is a great performer thanks, in part, to its high-end 256-bit memory interface and speedy DDR3 memory. It's still a solid choice if $80 is your budgetary limit.

Best PCIe Card For ~$100: Radeon HD 4770 (Check Prices)

Good 1680x1050 performance in most games; 1920x1200 in most titles with some lowered detail

Radeon HD 4770
Codename: RV740
Process:   40 nm
Universal Shaders: 640
Texture Units: 32
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 750
Memory Speed MHz: 800 GDDR5 (3,200 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 10.1/SM 4.1

The Radeon HD 4770 arrives as the first card to wipe the ages-old GeForce 8800 GT/9800 GT from our recommended list. With enough power to challenge even the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce GTS 250 in some titles, the Radeon HD 4770 has incredible performance for a $100 graphics card. For most gamers with a 22" or smaller monitor, this low-priced card will give them all they need.

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