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OCC Roundup: Graphics Cards of 2007

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In this roundup, I'm going to be looking at the top four cards in terms of pure performance, and the top four cards in terms of performance per dollar.

Although some people have made the move to widescreen aspect displays, many people still use 1280x1024 LCD monitors for gaming. We will be looking at the results at this resolution, and at the higher resolutions of 1680x1050 and 1600x1200. These higher resolutions are very close in pixel count, so I will be grouping these into one category, hereafter called the 16xx resolutions, as some cards were tested at 1680x1050 and others at 1600x1200.

The performance per dollar score will be calculated by dividing the frames-per-second by the current lowest dollar price on Newegg, Pricegrabber, and Google Product Search. For the 1280x1024 tests, this will be multiplied by 100 to make the numbers more readable on the graphs. For the 16xx resolutions, this will be multiplied by 200 for the same reason.

Current Prices

Asus EN8600GTS 256MB Silent $159.99
Diamond HD 3850 256MB $169.99
Diamond HD 3850 256MB (in Crossfire) $339.98
Foxconn 8600 GTS 256MB $149.99
Gigabyte 8600GT 256MB $109.99
Leadtek 8600 GT 256MB TDH $93.99
MSI NX8600GT 256MB Twin Turbo $116.99
PNY 8500GT 512MB $99.99
PNY 8600GT 512MB $149.99
PowerColor HD 2400 Pro 256 MB $49.99
PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB $86.90
PowerColor X1550 256MB $38.99
PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme $52.99
PowerColor X1650 Pro 256MB Golden Pig Edition $79.99
PowerColor X1950 XT 512MB $256.80
Sapphire HD 2400 XT 256MB $71.99
Sapphire HD 2600 Pro 512MB AGP $92.99
Sapphire HD 2600 XT 256MB $129.99
Sapphire HD 2900 XT 512MB $429.99
Sapphire HD 3850 256MB $183.63
Sapphire HD 3870 512MB $244.99
Sapphire X1950 Pro 256MB Ultimate Edition $155.99
XFX 7600GT 256MB Fatal1ty Professional Series $92.99
XFX 8600 GT 256MB Fatal1ty $149.99
XFX 8600 GTS 256MB XXX Edition $169.99
XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX $299.99
XFX 8800 GTS 640MB Extreme Edition $366.45

  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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