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Top 10 Competent Gaming Video Cards

Updated on April 23, 2009

Here are the Top 10 Competent Gaming Video Cards, which are all best suited to the purpose of providing the absolute best value in Competent Gaming from ATi and nVidia. Since different applications utilize varying performance qualities of graphics subsystems, the total performance index is not sufficient to make a clear determination of which video card is best for your use. If your application is engaged in performing some CUDA computations on an nVidia card, for instance, you might want to go for the highest FLOPS percentage on the pie chart for that card. That would indicate that the card is skewed towards high level GPU computation which is best suited for CUDA apps.

nVidia GeForce GTX 260
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce GTX 200
GPU - GT200
Month of Release - 06/08
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 999 (1998 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 576
Shader Clock, MHz - 1240
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 111.9
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 714.2
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 16128
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 36864
Core Clock Index - 0.93
Shader Clock Index - 1.21
Memory Bandwidth Index - 2.04
FLOPS Index - 1.86
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.88
Texture Fill Rate Index - 1.85
Weighted Index - 6.83

nVidia GeForce GTS 250
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce GTX 200
GPU - G92+
Month of Release - 03/09
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 1100 (2200 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 738
Shader Clock, MHz - 1836
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 70.4
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 470.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 11808
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 47232
Core Clock Index - 1.19
Shader Clock Index - 1.80
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.28
FLOPS Index - 1.22
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.38
Texture Fill Rate Index - 2.37
Weighted Index - 5.87

nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce 9
GPU - G92+
Month of Release - 07/08
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 1100 (2200 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 738
Shader Clock, MHz - 1836
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 70.4
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 470.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 11808
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 47232
Core Clock Index - 1.19
Shader Clock Index - 1.80
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.28
FLOPS Index - 1.22
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.38
Texture Fill Rate Index - 2.37
Weighted Index - 5.87

ATi Radeon HD 4850
Manufacturer - ATi
Series - Radeon HD 4K
GPU - RV770
Month of Release - 06/08
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 993 (1986 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 625
Shader Clock, MHz - 625
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 63.6
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 1000.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 10000
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 25000
Core Clock Index - 1.01
Shader Clock Index - 0.61
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.16
FLOPS Index - 2.60
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.17
Texture Fill Rate Index - 1.26
Weighted Index - 5.78

nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce 9
GPU - G92
Month of Release - 03/08
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 1100 (2200 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 675
Shader Clock, MHz - 1688
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 70.4
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 432.1
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 10800
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 43200
Core Clock Index - 1.09
Shader Clock Index - 1.65
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.28
FLOPS Index - 1.12
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.26
Texture Fill Rate Index - 2.17
Weighted Index - 5.49

nVidia GeForce 8800 Ultra
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce 8
GPU - G80
Month of Release - 05/07
Interface - PCI-E x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 1080 (2160 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 612
Shader Clock, MHz - 1500
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 103.7
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 384.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 14688
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 19584
Core Clock Index - 0.99
Shader Clock Index - 1.47
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.89
FLOPS Index - 1.00
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.71
Texture Fill Rate Index - 0.98
Weighted Index - 5.46

nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - GeForce 8
GPU - G92
Month of Release - 12/07
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 970 (1940 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 650
Shader Clock, MHz - 1625
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 62.1
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 416.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 10400
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 41600
Core Clock Index - 1.05
Shader Clock Index - 1.59
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.13
FLOPS Index - 1.08
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.21
Texture Fill Rate Index - 2.09
Weighted Index - 5.18

nVidia Quadro FX 5600
Manufacturer - nVidia
Series - Quadro FX
GPU - G80
Month of Release - 03/07
Interface - PCI-E x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 800 (1600 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 600
Shader Clock, MHz - 1440
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 76.8
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 368.6
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 14400
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 19200
Core Clock Index - 0.97
Shader Clock Index - 1.41
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.40
FLOPS Index - 0.96
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.68
Texture Fill Rate Index - 0.96
Weighted Index - 4.87
Note, this card is included as although it is designed as a workstation graphics subprocessor it is sometimes used in conventional PCs.

ATi Radeon HD 4830
Manufacturer - ATi
Series - Radeon HD 4K
GPU - RV770
Month of Release - 10/08
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 900 (1800 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 575
Shader Clock, MHz - 575
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 57.6
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 736.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 9200
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 18400
Core Clock Index - 0.93
Shader Clock Index - 0.56
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.05
FLOPS Index - 1.91
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.07
Texture Fill Rate Index - 0.92
Weighted Index - 4.71

ATi Radeon HD 3870
Manufacturer - ATi
Series - Radeon HD 3k
GPU - RV670
Month of Release - 11/07
Interface - PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory Clock, MHz - 1125 (2250 DDR)
Core Clock, MHz - 775
Shader Clock, MHz - 775
Memory Bandwidth, GB/sec - 72.0
FLOPS ,GFLOPS - 496.0
Pixel Fill Rate, MPixels/sec - 12400
Texture Fill Rate, Mtexels/sec - 12400
Core Clock Index - 1.25
Shader Clock Index - 0.76
Memory Bandwidth Index - 1.31
FLOPS Index - 1.29
Pixel Fill Rate Index - 1.45
Texture Fill Rate Index - 0.62
Weighted Index - 4.64

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