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Video Card Roundup - September 2008

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In this comparison category, the previously overall index scores were divided by the price of the card, to give a new index score based on the performance per dollar.

Naturally, the same benchmarks compared in the last category are used to calculate the value index:


  • Crysis
  • Knights of the Sea
  • Bioshock
  • Call of Duty 4
  • World in Conflict
  • Call of Juarez
  • Company of Heroes
  • 3DMark06


Value - Stock speeds



Value - Overclocked speeds



It's quite clear that the price drops of the 8800GT and 9800GT cards, as well as the competitive prices of the HD4850 cards, make these cards the best value for money. You are getting a lot of 3D performance for your money, and if you're on a tight budget, you can make a smart decision on your choice of graphics card.

As the prices increase, the value starts to drop off quite a lot. So, this is the big revelation? The more expensive cards are a rip-off?

If you recall how the performance basically increased as the price went up, wouldn't it be nice to see a rating of the card's performance and value? That's what I'd like to see.


  1. Introduction & The Contenders
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Methodology & Price
  4. Head-to-head: Performance
  5. Head-to-head: Value
  6. Head-to-head: Best of Both (Performance & Value)
  7. Conclusion
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