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OCC Roundup: Graphics Cards of 2007

hardnrg    -   December 25, 2007
Category: Video Cards
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Introduction

If you have been gaming on a PC for quite some time, you've probably realized by now that the single most important component of your computer for games performance is the graphics card. It is said in the computer games industry that audio accounts for roughly 10% of the gaming experience, and the visual part around 90%. Obviously, (good) gameplay makes it a good experience, but here we are talking about the instantaneous experience, what you see and hear.

Console game development works within extremely confined limits and tries to make the most of the graphics hardware, while PC game development is often designed to scale the 3D engine so that the game performs at a playable level on mainstream cards, bring flagship cards to their knees, and possibly even allow the game to be played on entry level cards.

So, which card is right for you? The question is quite similar to being asked, "which car is right for you?" People with no budget limits will always go for the best performance, regardless of price. However, most people want to get the most for their money, while still craving the performance that will deliver a satisfying gaming experience.

 

The Contenders:

Granted, the CPU, RAM and motherboard configurations were not always the same, but the configurations were fairly evenly matched, so all the graphics cards will be compared against each other in one large group.

The Sapphire HD2600XT 256MB Ultimate Edition does not appear to be for sale (no listing on Newegg, Pricegrabber, or Google), so it will not be included in this roundup.

 

Asus EN8600GTS 256MB Silent
PCI-E
Diamond HD 3850 256MB
PCI-E (single card / Crossfire)
Foxconn 8600 GTS 256MB
PCI-E
Gigabyte 8600GT 256MB
PCI-E
Leadtek 8600 GT 256MB TDH
PCI-E
MSI NX8600GT 256MB Twin Turbo
PCI-E
PNY 8500GT 512MB
PCI-E
PNY 8600GT 512MB
PCI-E
PowerColor HD 2400 Pro 256 MB
PCI-E
PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB
PCI-E
PowerColor X1550 256MB
PCI-E
PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme
PCI-E
PowerColor X1650 Pro 256MB Golden Pig Edition
PCI-E
PowerColor X1950 XT 512MB
PCI-E
Sapphire HD 2400 XT 256MB
PCI-E
Sapphire HD 2600 Pro 512MB
AGP
Sapphire HD 2900 XT 512MB
PCI-E
Sapphire HD 3850 256MB
PCI-E
Sapphire HD 3870 512MB
PCI-E
Sapphire X1950 Pro 256MB Ultimate Edition
PCI-E
XFX 7600GT 256MB Fatal1ty
PCI-E
XFX 8600 GT 256MB Fatal1ty
PCI-E
XFX 8600 GTS 256MB XXX
PCI-E
XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX
PCI-E
XFX 8800 GTS 640MB Extreme Edition
PCI-E

 

 

 




  1. Introduction & The Contenders
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Head To Head (Price)
  4. Head-to-head (F.E.A.R.)
  5. Head-to-head (Call of Duty 2)
  6. Head-to-head (Quake 4)
  7. Head-to-head (Need for Speed: Most Wanted)
  8. Conclusion
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