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Best Graphics Cards at Present and in the Future


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I am not so familiar with the graphics cards territory, so I would welcome your opinions.

1) What do you think is the best graphics card at present and what features mark it as such?
a) For desktops
b) For notebooks

2) What is the best graphics card that is currently on the roadmap for the future and what features mark it as such?
a) For desktops
b) For notebooks

Note: By 'best' mean the most powerful, not necessarily the greatest value for money.

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At the moment?

Nvidia's 8800 GTX is best without comparison, but it isn't exactly cheap

Edited by Xard, 10 December 2007 - 06:40 AM.


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The best card for desktop computers right now is the Geforce 8800 Ultra. Only because it's the fastest. It's also a giant hole to pour money into. It's not really worth what it costs when compared to (for example) the 8800 GT or the ATI Radeon 3870.

The best card for notebooks should be the 8800M GTX. I haven't read up on it, but it's bound to be extremely fast (and power hungry).

Noone knows that the future will bring, but judging from this current generation, chances are that the 9800 (bound to arrive this February) will rock ATI's socks. I'm hoping ATI will make a huge comeback by then (as they are releasing their unnamed high-end part at the same time) as Nvidia needs competition to perform. I mean, the 8800 Ultra (which is just an overclocked 8800 GTX) is a year old by now! Without competition they just don't care.

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I see. But what is it that makes the 8800 faster than the competition? Is it a high memory, or a fast processor clock, or something else?

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Unified shaderz

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...which the others don't have? (gf 8xxx series and ati hd series all have unified shader architecture, x1xxx from ATI already had that to some extent iirc, though not dx 10 compliant.)

It's faster than its competitors because it has a rather efficient architecture combined with high clock- and memoryspeeds. It's faster than the 8800 GTX only because of increased clock speeds for memory and gpu, but is unproportionally more expensive.

There's a GF8800M GTX, too, which is the fastest available notebook gpu and a bit slower than the old version of the 8800 GTS.


I think it's not too clever to call these "best" graphics cards, though. Who wants a notebook that runs for an hour or so, just to be able to play the newest 1337 crysis? Or spend substantially more money on a 8800 ultra when it's marginally faster than a GTX? Well... The OP clarified his initial posting, but it's certainly not my definition of "best" *shrug*

Edited by samm, 10 December 2007 - 12:47 PM.


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I get very confused comparing high-end graphics cards nowadays, because you have to keep the various SLI (and whatever ATI's equivalent is) options in mind. That said, is it ever the case that two lower-priced cards SLId together will outperform a single higher-priced card?

Noone knows that the future will bring, but judging from this current generation, chances are that the 9800 (bound to arrive this February) will rock ATI's socks. I'm hoping ATI will make a huge comeback by then (as they are releasing their unnamed high-end part at the same time) as Nvidia needs competition to perform. I mean, the 8800 Ultra (which is just an overclocked 8800 GTX) is a year old by now! Without competition they just don't care.

Ooh, is ATI lagging behind then? I thought they were level-pegging in all things. An nVidia monopoly would not be a good development, certainly...

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Yes, ATI doesn't really compete at the high end graphics cards right now. The new HD 3xxx series is priced lower than the 8800GT, fitting exactly to their speed (though the slower model, the 3850, offers especially good speed for the money). They also draw less current than nVidias similar offerings, unlike the monster that is HD2900 Pro / XT.

I think I read - but don't find the source right now - that two 8800 GTs (512 MB) in SLI, probably two 3870 in Crossfire too, outperform an 8800 Ultra while being less expensive.

Edited by samm, 10 December 2007 - 12:53 PM.


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Yes, ATI doesn't really compete at the high end graphics cards right now. The new HD 3xxx series is priced lower than the 8800GT, fitting exactly to their speed (though the slower model, the 3850, offers especially good speed for the money). They also draw less current than nVidias similar offerings, unlike the monster that is HD2900 Pro / XT.

I think I read - but don't find the source right now - that two 8800 GTs (512 MB) in SLI, probably two 3870 in Crossfire too, outperform an 8800 Ultra while being less expensive.


I dunno if the 3870's will beat an Ultra, but I know that 2 3850's will outperform an 8800GTX.

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Im waiting for the 9xxx series graphic cards. When the heck is Duke Nukem Fornever coming out anyway?! hmmph!

Im not to impressed with the 8xxx series Geforce when compared to the current crop of game engines out. These games really kick the crap out of the 8xxx series.

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The only game that gives current cards trouble is Crysis. Unless you want to play all games at ridiculous resolutions of course.

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Pidesco is right, only Crysis is kicking the crap out of the 8xxx series. Every other game runs flawless

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The only game that gives current cards trouble is Crysis. Unless you want to play all games at ridiculous resolutions of course.

I want to play at really high, not ridiculous settings! :grin:

its only a couple months away, till the the gen cards come out. I do not have a 8series card so maybe i went out of line, but my 7series blows when it comes to LOW settings for unreal3 at resolution 800*600. So Ill save up for the uber 9series graphic card so I can kick boks ass in Unreal3. :)

Bok my handle is still Enlight_2.0 if you want to play Unreal 2K4 Tourny!

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What does SLI actually stand for? I recall that it has something to do with being able to utilize several graphics cards simultaneously, right?

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The only game that gives current cards trouble is Crysis. Unless you want to play all games at ridiculous resolutions of course.

I want to play at really high, not ridiculous settings! :)

its only a couple months away, till the the gen cards come out. I do not have a 8series card so maybe i went out of line, but my 7series blows when it comes to LOW settings for unreal3 at resolution 800*600. So Ill save up for the uber 9series graphic card so I can kick boks ass in Unreal3. :shifty:

Bok my handle is still Enlight_2.0 if you want to play Unreal 2K4 Tourny!


Which card is that, exactly? My 7600GT works pretty well with UT3


@Magister: SLI

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The only game that gives current cards trouble is Crysis. Unless you want to play all games at ridiculous resolutions of course.

I want to play at really high, not ridiculous settings! :sorcerer:

its only a couple months away, till the the gen cards come out. I do not have a 8series card so maybe i went out of line, but my 7series blows when it comes to LOW settings for unreal3 at resolution 800*600. So Ill save up for the uber 9series graphic card so I can kick boks ass in Unreal3. ;)

Bok my handle is still Enlight_2.0 if you want to play Unreal 2K4 Tourny!


Which card is that, exactly? My 7600GT works pretty well with UT3


@Magister: SLI


That explains it. Thanks!

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What technical parameters are best used to assess the power of a graphics card? I know about VRAM, clockspeed and vertex processors/shaders - what else is important?

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How fast the GPU can communicate with the RAM, the memory interface. It's usually measured in some amount of bits. <128 bit is bad. 256> bit is good.

Something like that.

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8800 GTX is 384-bit, it think it's good




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