Top 5 Graphics Cards for Q1 2011

By on March 7, 2011
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The game has changed.


Hands down if you want the best performance on a single card, the Nvidia GTX 580 is the unbeatable king of the hill right now. Ripping through any benchmark, except the Crysis of new decade, aka Metro 2033, the GTX 580 sets the precedence on what’s possible on a 45nm process.  Of course, all of this high-end performance comes with a high-end price tag as well, costing a cool $500. You can check up on our review of the Zotac GTX 580 and the GTX 580 AMP! Edition for some detailed analysis.

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  • Colaxs

    Come on Taimoor, let’s not get carried away.

    The Geforce 570 performs better than the 6970 in all reviews I’ve read so far.

    Also, where is the 6950 available at 250 USD? Are you talking about the 1GB or 2GB version?

    Also, the Geforce 560 is a better choice than the 6870 easily.

    My ranking would be 580, 570, 6950, 560, 6850

  • Colaxs

    Come on Taimoor, let’s not get carried away.

    The Geforce 570 performs better than the 6970 in all reviews I’ve read so far.

    Also, where is the 6950 available at 250 USD? Are you talking about the 1GB or 2GB version?

    Also, the Geforce 560 is a better choice than the 6870 easily.

    My ranking would be 580, 570, 6950, 560, 6850

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Except from Far Cry 2 and 3DMark Vantage (which is extremely biased towards Nvidia cards due to PhysX), the HD 6970 outperforms the GTX 570 in all other benchmarks.

      The $250 price is for the 1GB variant, the 2GB HD 6970′s cost around $280; whereas the GTX 570 with 1.2GB ram start from $350.

      The GTX 560 vs HD 6870 was a tie of sorts, the HD 6870 edged past the GTX 560 Ti because of a lower price point and marginally better performance in the majority of our benchmarks.

  • Naved

    WHERE IS THE AMD RADEON HD 6990?!! :O….well that should be at the top!!

  • Nitin

    Hi, Can someone tell me which is a good place to buy Graphic Cards in Dubai or GCC. Are online shops better (which ones)? I had heard that electronics are cheaper here compared to India but I have not seen a huge difference till now.

  • Nitin

    Hi, Can someone tell me which is a good place to buy Graphic Cards in Dubai or GCC. Are online shops better (which ones)? I had heard that electronics are cheaper here compared to India but I have not seen a huge difference till now.

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