Technology when it comes to graphics and gaming is evolving so quickly that it is possible to buy the newest product today, and by the end of next month see that it has dropped a long way down the market in terms of its performance. Fewer sub-sectors of technology categorize this better than with graphics cards. For passionate PC gamers, the graphics card is what makes the gaming experience everything that it is. You can have the best game on the planet, but with a poor graphics card, it is going to be nowhere near as good as it should be.
What are the top five graphics cards you should be considering buying right now?
Nvidia GeForce GTX 690
Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 is one of the fastest processing graphic cards available, and is certain to bring your games to life exactly how you wish. A stunning bandwidth of 384GB every second means that your game will run smoothly and give you great visuals throughout.
If you use your PC predominantly for gaming, then Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 is the purchase for you, although it is by far the most expensive card we’ll feature here, weighing in at around $1200 from most retailers. That said, it leads the way on performance, too, and you definitely get what you pay for. Definitely the graphics card for hardcore gamers, the max digital resolution of 4029 x 2160 rounds off this brilliant product.
AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon HD 7970, less than half the price of the GTX 690, costing around $550, it is no surprise that this graphics card delivers less on the performance front. However, it is probably a more realistic purchase for gamers who are looking for an excellent PC gaming experience without breaking the bank to hit the top of the market.
Features of this card include 264GB of bandwidth per second, and processing speed approaching 1GHz.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 card boasts similar performance to the previous example, but hits the register at around $50 less, making it a great purchase for the cost conscious gamer. One huge benefit of this card is that you get high performance using the default settings, without having to apply boosts or upgrade the hardware yourself.
In a direct comparison to the Radeon 7970, it also uses less memory, and is quieter, meaning you can focus on your game without distracting background noise!
Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II
The Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II is the budget option of all the cards featured here, although it will still hit you in the pocket to the tune of around $400.
Truth be told, it doesn’t hit the heights of the other cards in terms of performance, and will take up additional memory on your system, too, but, if price is your God, it is a good choice that won’t make your gaming experience any worse, it just won’t enhance it as much as it could do.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
The presence of a third nVidia card confirms their position at the head of the market. This card heads back towards the upper middle of the market at over $600, and the most exciting aspect is that there is a lot of room for driver improvements. However, before splashing out with a view to upgrading, consider whether saving the extra for the 690 might be a better option.
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