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Top Ten Graphics Cards for PC Gaming 2014
When it comes to building a gaming rig one of the most important components for your computer's overall performance is the graphics card. In this post you'll get all the need-to-know information so you can decide what graphics card would be the best value for the money in 2014. I'll give you my top ten and then let you vote for your favorite below. This post, along with all the others I've written, is then updated each month based upon what you voted for.
Choosing a Graphics Card for PC Gaming in 2014
Information You Should Know
Integrated Graphics Card: You may have heard of the term integrated graphics card before. Previously these were only included in low to mid range motherboards. Today, integrated graphics cards are a part of the CPU. Because these come with a minimal amount of ram a certain portion of your system's ram is dedicated to it. While the performance of integrated graphics cards have come quite a bit in the last year a dedicated graphics card, built separate from the CPU and motherboard, is ideal for gaming.
PCI Express: PCI Express is used to connect your computer's peripherals to the motherboard. Expansion or PCI slots vary by motherboard and differ according to type and size in order to accommodate a variety of peripherals. Slot sizes include x 1, x 4, x 8, and x 16 and may be compatible with PCI express 1.0 - 3.0 cards depending on your motherboard. These slots are backwards compatible and may accommodate cards which are their size and smaller . Only Gen3 Z68 motherboards as well as newer Ivy Bridge Motherboards are compatible with the latest PCI Express 3.0 standard. While in-game FPS may improve by using PCI express 3.0 it's unlikely that you'll be able to set your settings higher simply because you're using the latest standard. In addition, it seems that there's a greater impact on GeForce than Radeon cards.
Radeon Vs. GeForce
Which do you prefer?
Top Ten PC Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money 2014 - Best Budget Card
With the rebate, this great card is right around $150. It's perfect if you're building a budget Gaming PC.
Radeon $7 260X
For around $130 you can also find another great card in the Radeon R7 260.
Technical Details: GPU GeForce GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi), Core Clock 810MHz, Shader 1620MHz, CUDA 336, EMC 4008MHz, Memory Size 1GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, 8.25" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include 1 x mini HDMI and 2 DVI.
Radeon Graphics Card Under $150
This card is under $150 with the rebate. Right now it's available, but it may disappear by the time I update this post again next month.
Technical Details: GPU Radeon HD 6870, 1120 Stream Processors, Memory Size 1GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, and comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include 1 x mini HDMI, 2 DVI (1 single and one dual), and DisplayPort.
Best Radeon Graphics Card for Gaming Under $200
The rebate for this HD6950 puts it under $200. A legitimately good deal.
Technical Details: GPU Radeon HD 6950, Core Clock 800MHz, 1408 Stream Processors, EMC 1250MHz, Memory Size 2GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, 8.25" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include 2 x DVI (1 Single Link, 1 Dual Link), DisplayPort, and 1 HDMI. Supports a max resolution of 2560 x 1600, Eyefinity support, CrossFireX Support and includes a 2 year warranty.
GeForce Video Card Under $250
This revamped and re-released GTX 480 from EVGA is a steal in the Under $250 and a better performer than similarly priced GTX 560 TI or the HD6950.
Technical Details: GPU GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi), Core Clock 700MHz, Shader 1701 Mhz, CUDA 480, EMC 3696MHz, Memory Size 1536MB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, 10.5" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include; 1 mini HDMI and 2 DVI.
Radeon Graphics Card Under $250
Technical Details: GPU Radeon HD 7850, Core Clock 870MHz, 1024 Stream Processors, EMC 1210MHz, Memory Size 2GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, 8.25" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include 21 x HDMI, 2 x mini DisplayPort, and 1 x DVI. Supports a max resolution of 2560 x 1600, Eyefinity support, Dual-Link DVI Supported, CrossFireX Support and includes a 3 year warranty. PCI-Express 3.0 Interface.
A rebate is available on this product that puts it in the $259.99 range. A few months ago these were $100 more.
If you are looking at a higher end video card, then this GTX 670 gives you a serious bang for your buck and is my choice for video cards right around $400. It's capable of handling just about any kind of configuration you throw at it.
Technical Details: GPU GeForce GTX 680, Core Clock 1058MHz, Boost Clock 1124MHz, CUDA 1536, EMC 6208MHz, Memory Size 2GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 10" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include; 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort and 2 DVI. 3D Vision Game Ready. PCI Express 3.0 x16 Interface.
It might seem funny to some of you that I'm mentioning my favorite GPU in the under $1000 range in a "for the money" article, but showcasing it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Technical Details: GPU GeForce GTX 690, Core Clock 915MHz, Boost Clock 1019MHz, CUDA 3072, EMC 6008MHz, Memory Size 4GB, Type GDDR5, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 10" x 4.38" dimensions, and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Connectors include; 1 x Mini DisplayPort and 3 DVI. 3D Vision Game Ready with Quad SLI support. PCI Express 3.0 x16 Interface.
What's the Best Gaming Graphics Card for the Money in 2013?
For this poll please vote for the GPU you'd purchase based upon what your budget is rather than what is the best performing GPU overall. This poll will affect the results of next month's top ten. Also be sure to vote in the best gaming headset for the money poll.
Vote for the price vs. performance card series you'd purchase right now:
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