TechSpot: Top Mainstream and High-end Graphics Cards

At TechSpot we take pride in bringing you the latest coverage in graphics cards when new products are announced as well providing an extra outlook with game-specific GPU performance reviews. However, with an ever-changing scenario, it can be hard to keep up with the pace of things.

For that reason, we published a digested version of our recommended budget and mid-range graphics cards last February. In addition to listing our top picks (which all happened to be ATI-based boards at the time), we created a second column of the closest Nvidia offering, providing a quick and simple reference for anyone looking to upgrade their video card.

While there are many fantastic solutions for gamers on a budget, anyone who's serious about fortifying their machine for the pending release of Crysis 2 is probably looking for something a bit more robust. For that reason, we've decided to expand on the previous article, focusing on today's enthusiast-oriented GPUs, scaling from $200 upward.

Read: Top Mainstream and High-end Graphics Cards

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While ATI owns the perceptual games, they no longer have the technical high ground. The reality is Nvidia has an advantage-not much of one tho. The good news for consumers is both firms are making great GraphFX-warez and you can't miss with their ATI or Nvidia. It's an embarrassment of riches for the market. Enjoy it while it lasts. I'm hoping they will drive one another to design quality hardware for a long time.

While ATI owns the perceptual games, they no longer own the technical high ground. The reality is Nvidia has an advantage-not much of one tho . The good news for consumers is both firms are making great GraphFX-warez and you can't miss with their ATI or Nvidia. It's an embarrassment of riches for the market. Enjoy it while it lasts. I'm hoping they will drive one another to design quality hardware for a long time. A few months ago, I used EVGA's step-up program to move in sweet 400s. While they are power chewers, I have the extra juice to do the work.

i recently bought an ASUS 5870v2 The card rocks for what I'm using it for now! It's currently stand alone, no crossfire or anything. might it be able to run next gen games?

Ati for me, I have a Sapphire 5970 Toxic, which blows the competition out of the water, but very expensive. A normal 5970, is ok, but a Sapphire 5870 Toxic would do the job.

the article seems to want to say that just because something is cheaper means it has a better value, which simply isn't true.
further more in the high end gfx card market, you think less about value and more about performance.

I used to be a nvidia user, but went ati 4870 in crossfire and tbh I am happy even with the new games with the performance over price. Cant see me upgrading for at least another year.

Gothic_Rebel said,

+1 nVidia all the way. For Teh Win

Green Team All The Way!!!

Just wait untill more companies start pushing out custom cards the Zotac one is a good starter now just need some more Nvidia only makers to push out non refrence cards