Need help to select Good Graphics Card.

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I am having a problem to select a correct Graphics card. I have used NVIDIA 9400 GT series 1GB Graphics card but it has some problem so I want to change my Graphics card.

Now I am thinking about the Brand of the Graphics card which I should select NVIDIA Or ATI Radeon?

I have heard about ATI but never used it. I heard that it has less price than NVIDIA am I right?

What about the quality?

I also heard that the quality is same, am I right?

And can anyone suggest me if I should buy a ATI Graphics card; then which is the best at smaller price.

Please some one tell me so I can buy a graphics card and enjoy the latest Games.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #92076

Need help to select Good Graphics Card.

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First of all you should decide the price range you would like your GPU to be in. It may vary from $50-$2000.

Since you have used NVIDIA 9400 GT and want something better than that I have a few suggestions for you. But, yes, talking about the quality between them, they both match each other really well, and the NVIDIA costs more than ati in that sense. But it is seen that in several occasions that both cards supports different sorts of games. For FPS games it is seen that NVIDIA performs better, though. From the lists below you can choose any of the cards. They are all moderately priced and works as smooth as silk with any latest games.

1. ATI Radeon HD 5870 (DirectX 11)

  • Engine clock speed: 850 MHz
  • Processing power (single precision): 2.72 TeraFLOPS
  • Processing power (double precision): 544 GigaFLOPS
  • Polygon throughput: 850M polygons/sec
  • Data fetch rate (32-bit): 272 billion fetches/sec
  • Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 68 Gigatexels/sec
  • Pixel fill rate: 27.2 Gigapixels/sec 
  • Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 108.8 Gigasamples/sec 
  •  Memory clock speed: 1.2 GHz 
  •  Memory data rate: 4.8 Gbps
  •  Memory bandwidth: 153.6 GB/sec 
  •  Maximum board power: 188 Watts
2. GeForce GTX 260 (DirectX 10)
 
GPU Engine Specs:

CUDA Cores

192

Graphics Clock (MHz)

576 MHz

Processor Clock (MHz)

1242 MHz

Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)

36.9 

 

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock (MHz)

999 

Standard Memory Config

896 MB 

Memory Interface Width

448-bit

Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

111.9

 
3. GeForce GT 440 (DX 11)

GPU Engine Specs:

CUDA Cores

96

Graphics Clock (MHz)

810 MHz

Processor Clock (MHz)

1620 MHz

Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)

13.0

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock (MHz)

1600 (GDDR5) or 900 (DDR3)

Standard Memory Config

512MB (GDDR5) or 1GB (DDR3)

Memory Interface Width

128-bit

Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

28.8 (DDR3) – 51.2 (GDDR5)

Maximum Memory Amount

1GB GDDR5 or 2GB DDR3

 
4. Ati Radeon HD 5830 (DX 11)
  • Engine clock speed: 800 MHz
  • Processing power (single precision): 1.792 TeraFLOPS
  • Processing power (double precision): 358 GigaFLOPS
  • Polygon throughput: 800M polygons/sec
  • Data fetch rate (32-bit): 179.2 billion fetches/sec
  • Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 44.8 Gigatexels/sec
  • Pixel fill rate: 12.8 Gigapixels/sec
  • Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 51.2 Gigasamples/sec
  • Memory clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Memory data rate: 4.0 Gbps
  • Memory bandwidth: 128 GB/sec
  • Maximum board power: 175 Watts

All of the above costs around $100-200 and are among the bests. It is quite clear that in the price range, the best choice would be ATI HD 5830; you are going to get great FPS and I hope you will enjoy your gaming as well as your graphical works smoothly.

Personally speaking, my first GPU was GeForce, later on I shifted to ATI, and never been back to NVidia anymore.

Answered By 0 points N/A #92077

Need help to select Good Graphics Card.

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First of all you need to think how much you are willing to spend money for a graphics card. If you are tight on a budget but still wants to have a nice quality and performance of a graphics card then go for ATI. It is true that it is cheaper than NVIDIA but still gives you the same quality that its competitor gives so there's nothing to worry about what ATI graphics cards may give you but if you have enough money then go buy NVIDIA graphics cards, you will not be disappointed in spending too much money for it.

I would just like to give some tips for you when it comes to choosing and buying a graphics card. Don't be fooled by the model's series number just like your NVIDIA 9400GT. Even though it's in the 9000 series , it has just the same performance as what a 7600 GS gives. Take a look at this:
 
Graphics Card Comparison 1.0
GeForce Comparision

 

Take a look at the memory bandwidth of both cards. Do you see what I mean? It just means that even if you have a 9000 series graphics card, it is just like having an older model of the card. But if you will look at this:
 
Graphics Card Comparison 1.1

 

Geforce Comparision

 

Affordable ATI RADEON Graphics Cards

 

Affordable ATI RADEON Graphics Cards

 

Well, I hope that this helps you in buying a new graphics cards.
 
REMEMBER: Always look for the memory bandwidth of the card not the model number.
 
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