PCI Express Graphics Cards

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GeForce GTX770 XLR8 OC 2 GB
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PNY GeForce GTX 770 Ti XLR8 2GB

RAM: 2048 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 1150 MHz; …

Although PNY's take on Nvidia's 770, the GeForce GTX 770 XLR8 OC 2GB, is more expensive than the vanilla model, its extra performance out of the box, excellent cooler and overclocking …

1 review

 

GeForce GTX780 3GB
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB

RAM: 3072 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 863 MHz; …

It might not be as expensive as the Titan, but the GTX 780 is still a pricey piece of kit, and it's not even as fast as Nvidia's own dual-GPU GTX 690. It really comes into its own, however, …

4 reviews

 

Radeon HD7750
AMD Radeon HD 7750

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 800 MHz; …

The AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card isn't super fast and won't give you the extra power to play demanding games really smoothly. However, as a budget-end card, it offers a step up from …

7 reviews | 18 opinions (Above average)

 

 
Radeon HD7770
AMD Radeon HD 7770

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 1000 MHz; …

PC Advisor weren't too sure of what AMD was thinking with the Radeon HD 7770, since its performance is too weak for proper gaming, while non-gamers have much cheaper cards at their disposal that …

7 reviews

 

Radeon HD7950 3 GB
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB

RAM: 3072 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 800 MHz; …

Though the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is more costly than nearly all single-GPU cards, it packs in lots of innovative technology. Though some downgrades have been made from the previous model to allow for a …

6 reviews

 

RadeonHD 7850
AMD Radeon HD 7850

RAM: 2048 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 860 MHz; …

The minimum requirement of a video card is that it can put in a better performance than a previous generation model, but Micro Mart say that the AMD HD 7850 goes well beyond that. It has an efficient …

4 reviews

 

RadeonHD 7870
AMD Radeon HD 7870

RAM: 2048 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 1000 MHz; …

Although AMD's Radeon HD 7870 has reduced specs in many areas, Micro Mart say its 1GHz core clock speed is very impressive. Overall performance is good and it doesn't have a very large …

5 reviews

 

GeForce GTX550 Ti 1024MB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1GB)

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 900 MHz; …

While the reference GTX 550 Ti gives AMD's more affordable Radeon HD 6670 a run for its money, PC Advisor weren't too sure this is the best option to go for if you're on a budget. …

5 reviews

 

ARES 2-6GD5
Asus ARES2-6GD5

RAM: 6144 MB; Cooling Solution: Active, Water cooling; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: …

The Ares II is the most powerful graphics card in the world, period. Bit-Tech said that it's a wonder of engineering and that its design and even packaging are on a par with its insane price …

1 review

 

 
GeForce GTX560 Ti (1GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1GB)

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 822 MHz; …

PC Advisor describes this chip's performance as excellent and gives a nod toward the manufacturer's success at improving this model's energy efficiency. Yet they go on to describe how …

6 reviews

 

 
Radeon HD6990
AMD Radeon HD 6990

RAM: 4096 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 830 MHz; …

"... Clearly, this card is intended as more of a two-finger salute to NVidia than a viable product for the masses. Two Radeon HD 6790s are cheaper, and in CrossFire will match, exceed or just …

7 reviews

 

AMD Radeon Ultimate HD 6670
Sapphire Radeon Ultimate HD 6670 1GB

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Passive; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 800 MHz; …

Micro Mart felt that if they were building a media system, they might like more potential for gaming than the Sapphire HD6670 has to offer, but if that's not a priority and smooth video …

3 reviews | 9 opinions (Above average)

 

GeForce GTX590 3GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 (3GB)

RAM: 3072 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 607 MHz; …

Tom's Hardware found the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 (3GB), although not quite as fast as the Radeon HD 6990, to be their graphics card of choice, thanks to its super quiet and predictable …

5 reviews

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 1150 MHz; …

Sapphire have raised the stock clock from the original Radeon card to 1150MHz core and 5000MHz for the 1GB GDDR5 memory, offering 12% extra performance. Micro Mart like the HD 7770 GHz Edition …

1 review

 

AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 6970

RAM: 2048 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; DirectX version: 11

The Radeon HD 6970 cannot beat Nvidia's GTX 580 for sheer power, but it's still nonetheless an excellent piece of kit which outperforms the cheaper GTX 570 in every area and especially in …

6 reviews

 

GeForce GT 430 Zone
Zotac GeForce GT430 Zone

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Passive; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 700 MHz; …

For those with a more technical bent, the Zotac GeForce GT430 Zone makes a decent choice, particularly when the goal is to keep noise to a minimum, say reviewers at ComputerAct!ive. However, while …

5 reviews | 3 opinions (Excellent)

 

Radeon HD 6950 2Go
AMD Radeon HD 6950

RAM: 2048 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 800 MHz; …

The Radeon HD 6950's performance is not exactly mind-blowing, but PC Advisor said that it manages to keep up with more expensive cards, especially at extreme resolutions, and that it represented

6 reviews

 

More information at: PC Pro, 12/2010 AMD Radeon HD 6950 In the previous generation of AMD graphics cards, the Radeon HD 5870 was top dog for performance, but it was the HD 5850 that offered much better value. AMD seems to be aiming for a similar strategy with its new cards: the top-end HD 6970, costs £250 exc VAT, to the HD 6950’s more palatable £187. … to review

GeForce GTX570
Nvidia GeForce GTX 570

RAM: 1280 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 732 MHz; …

Although Expert Reviews recommend waiting to see what efforts come from AMD before buying this card, they do say that die-hard gamers will find the Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 currently the best option. …

5 reviews

 

HIS Radeon HD 6670 iSilence 4
HIS Radeon HD 6670 iSilence 4

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Passive; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 800 MHz; …

The HIS Radeon HD 6670 iSilence 4 has passive cooling technology from Zalman that is more compact compared to many competitor models and can fit into smaller HTPC cases. It has 1GB of DDR3 which is …

3 reviews

 

AMD Radeon HD 6850
AMD Radeon HD 6850

RAM: 1024 MB; Cooling Solution: Active; PCI Express; Processor clock speed: 775 MHz; …

The Radeon HD 6850 is not the best graphics card on the market in terms of pure performance, but its value for money is nearly unsurpassable. PC Advisor's tests saw it compete almost

5 reviews

 

More information at: TechRadar UK, 10/2010 AMD Radeon HD 6850 The second of AMD's new second gen DirectX 11 cards hits the streets. … to review

 

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Product information and further reviews for PCI-E graphics cards

KFA² MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB Bit Tech 9/2011 - KFA²’s MDT X5 GTX 560 Ti 1GB is quite a unique proposition, since it supports up to 5 displays at a time. Some of the company's experiments haven't worked out too well in the past, though, so Bit-tech have put it through their paces to see whether it's a scorcher or a flop.

Sapphire HD 6950 Toxic 2GB Micro Mart 1172 (25-31 August 2011) - If for monetary reasons or lack of availability you can't get your hands on a card based on AMD's HD6970, the HD6950 could be an excellent alternative.

Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Multiview PC Advisor 7/2011 - Zotac's take on Nvidia's GTX 560 sports a slightly lower spec than the reference Ti card, but it's significantly cheaper too. Has performance taken too much of a cut, or is it actually an interesting budget option?

KFA² GeForce GTX 560 EX OC Bit Tech 6/2011 - The previous iteration of Zotac's GTX 560 was blazingly fast, but it also consumed heaps of power and ran as hot as a furnace. This new model turns the speed down a notch for a less noisy performance.

KFA² GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB LTD OC Bit Tech 4/2011 - As far as mid-range graphics cards go, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB takes some beating. It costs less than £200, it's fairly quiet and it punches above its weight. It's proven itself to be the new mid-range king, and it's a great choice if you game at resolutions up to and including 1,920 x 1,080. Of course, there's one possible way to beat the standard GeForce GTX 560, and that's to buy an overclocked version such as KFA²'s new GeForce GTX 560 Ti LTD OC.

HIS HD 4770 TrustedReviews 7/2009 - The original ATI HD 4770 graphics card uses a different cooler than the ones released by partners. Price and performance were the reasons given for swapping to a cooler cheaper than the ATI standard. Review details: Single Test. One graphics card was reviewed and rated on features, performance and value.

HIS Radeon HD 4770 PC Advisor 6/2009 - Messing up the naming system of graphics cards again, ATI's Radeon HD 4770 comes between the 4830 and 4850, with RV740 architecture, placing it as the successor to the 4650 and 4670 series. Its 40nm process though makes it more advanced than the 55nm of the 4830 and 4850. Review details: Single Test. One graphics card was reviewed and rated on build quality, features and value.

Sapphire HD 4850 X2 PC Advisor 8/2009 - Though the ATI HD 4850 X2 is no longer at the cutting edge of graphics cards, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 with 2GB DDR3 RAM is a strong example of high-end cards, despite the little publicity it's received. Review details: Single Test. One graphics card was reviewed and rated on build quality, features and value.

Sapphire HD 4550 512MB DDR3 Computer act!ve 4/2009 - With the increase in popularity of HD video, graphics card upgrades are now becoming common for this instead of just gaming improvements. The Sapphire HD 4550 takes the load of CPUs by handing graphics processing specifically for the latest codecs.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 Register Hardware 7/2008 - The last few years saw Nvidia claim the crown as kings of the graphics card arena and then cling desperately to the title with a series of tweaked rehashes of their already-showing-its-age G80 and die shrunk G92 cores. However, with AMD clawing its way back with a number of seriously powerful cards at affordable prices, Nvidia finally decided to unleash a new graphics core which has been helpfully utilised and factory-overclocked by Zotac.

Sapphire 4850 Toxic graphics card Register Hardware 9/2008 - The Radeon 4850 is a powerful graphics card, on that score there is no doubt, however, this power means the card runs hot; around 80° at full pelt. This high temperature won't have much of a detrimental effect on the card itself, but if you want to keep the rest of your system from heating up, Sapphire's 'Toxic' version of the card may be the one to go for.

Sapphire Radeon HD 2900 XT PC Advisor 5/2007 - If we've learned one thing about the graphics card market, it's that delays are rarely a good sign. Having waited for the first ATI DirectX 10.0 card since, well, DirectX 10.0 itself, we were therefore sceptical about the eventual results. But ATI and AMD's first collaboration looks like being a huge success.

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In the early days of computers all graphics processing could be carried out by the processor itself, games were all two dimensional and resolutions were not high enough to tax the processor. As programmes began to be made ever more complex the processor had to dedicate more time to these and the need for a separate graphics processor became ever more pressing.

Early graphics chips focused solely on 2D graphics acceleration but the current need for lifelike 3D imaging has led to the development of chips capable of carrying out complicated lighting and physics calculations and generating full 3D worlds in real time.

All this information flowing between graphics chip and processor requires a very high bandwidth connection between the two. The first dedicated graphics port was the AGP port, an initialism of Accelerated Graphics Port. This offered a speed of 2.1GB/s compared to the then standard PCI with its maximum speed of 266MB/s. Eventually even this huge increase proved not to be enough for modern 3D games and a new standard was developed in the form of PCI-express.

PCIe can supply cards with 4GB of data per second and is fast becoming the standard in all modern personal computers. Apple switched to the exclusive use of PCIe in 2005 and most PC motherboards will come with at least one such port, either at 8x or 16x, some supporting two paired cards to offer the best possible performance.

The most up-to date graphics card will be DirectX 10 compatible, which will only be supported under Windows Vista but will offer users the best possible performance in modern games. Newer cards also use 'stream processors' which are processors that can carry out any number of functions rather than be bound to a specific process and left idling when not in use.

A basic card can be bought for as little as £30 whereas a high-end model will be nearer £300.