Which graphics card manufacturer is the best? What is the difference? Does it really matter?

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aznwarrior
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I'm having trouble trying to pick a graphics card because there are so many manufacturers out there. I need help picking a graphics card and a graphics card manufacturer. Which graphics card would be able to run games like Call of duty: Black ops and upcoming games like Battlefield 3 at full settings? Which would be the best value for money?

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Choice of graphics card is like choosing between AMD and Intel processors. For graphics there is AMD and Nvidia.

Either 'brand' will get you playing your games at max settings. What it comes to is your personal choice of maker (AMD/Nvidia), brand (i.d. ASUS, Acer, EVGA, MSI, Sapphire, etc) and how much you have to spend on the card. You can spend anywhere from under $100 to almost $800 on a single video card, and their processing power scales up with price.

Both card types are very close in performance and compete neck & neck. I have always been an AMD fan (mostly because I work very close to the AMD/ATi Canadian headquarters). I recently put an Nvidia GT 570 card not so much because it was faster than the competitor from AMD, but beca8use it is as fast while using less power.

If you are looking for the top single-GPU (processor - some have two) video cards today, these are the NVidia GT 590 and the AMD/ATi HD 6970. They are as fast as you can get with a single chip and they are freaking expensive. I would suggest starting there and work your way down until you find a card with acceptable performance that fits your budget.

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#328 - Q&A: Difference between Video Card brands?

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Manic Mouse wrote:Choice of graphics card is like choosing between AMD and Intel processors. For graphics there is AMD and Nvidia.

Either 'brand' will get you playing your games at max settings. What it comes to is your personal choice of maker (AMD/Nvidia), brand (i.d. ASUS, Acer, EVGA, MSI, Sapphire, etc) and how much you have to spend on the card. You can spend anywhere from under $100 to almost $800 on a single video card, and their processing power scales up with price.

Both card types are very close in performance and compete neck & neck. I have always been an AMD fan (mostly because I work very close to the AMD/ATi Canadian headquarters). I recently put an Nvidia GT 570 card not so much because it was faster than the competitor from AMD, but beca8use it is as fast while using less power.

If you are looking for the top single-GPU (processor - some have two) video cards today, these are the NVidia GT 590 and the AMD/ATi HD 6970. They are as fast as you can get with a single chip and they are freaking expensive. I would suggest starting there and work your way down until you find a card with acceptable performance that fits your budget.

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The 590 is a dual GPU card. The 580 is the top single GPU from nVidia. And acording to the world records at 3DMark, fastest card overall. All top 20 systems in each benchmark use 580's. Also the new Kepler chips hit this fall and promise some insane performance boosts. At least that's the claim.