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Video Card Roundup - September 2008



So, this is the category in this graphics card roundup that wasn't in the last one. Hopefully here we can see which cards are good value for the money, and great performers, too.

It's all well and good having really good value for money, but are you actually buying a really cheap card just to end up with a card that needs to be upgraded within a few months, as it won't be able to keep up with the new games coming out? Wouldn't you rather buy a card that was a bit more capable, but not a rip-off? Do you want to have your cake and eat it?! I don't know about you, but I like to eat my cake.

The performance and value indexes for each card were averaged, again for the same benchmarks:


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


Best of Both - Stock speeds



Best of Both - Overclocked speeds



So, things change once again when we look at performance and value at the same time. At stock speeds, the Palit 9800GX2 is the clear winner, with all the HD4850-based cards nipping at its heels.

Cranking up the clocks we see the Sapphire HD4850 taking the lead, with the Palit 9800GX2 falling to 2nd place, again followed by the HD4850 cards.


  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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