What self-respecting gamer would be caught dead without the best video card available in their gaming machine? To do so, would mean risking their reputation as the most skilled gamer with the best equipment. However, many will argue about which video card actually is the best. While this is open to opinion and subject to change as technology is constantly evolving, here are a few the experts think are pretty good:
1. Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 580
As of November 2010, this is Nvidia’s latest release on the video card market. Although it’s the next in line after the GTX 480, it’s actually a remake of the GF 110 chip. It brings performance up and drops noise and power consumption to a new low. At the same time, it is the speediest single-GPU card on the market today.
2. Radion HD 6850 1GB
Set two of these babies up in crossfire for high-end performance at a relatively reasonable price. The reason for the crossfire configuration is that in a stacked mode, the cards blow the hot air right out the back of the machine to keep both noise and temperatures under control.
3. GeForce GTX 460 768MG
Again, use two of these video cards, but in SLI for a slightly more affordable solution. For the money, it will be more powerful at 1920 x 1080 than any other option out there. However, if you need to go to 2560 x 1600, the on-board memory will struggle. Instead of upgrading to the higher on-board memory, buy the Radion HD 6850 1GB.
4. Radion HD 5670 512MB
If you’re on a budget, this might be a great video card for you. It will only set you back about $80 and offers the best bang for the buck. This video card will work fine at 1280 x 1024 and can go up to 1680 x 1050 if you lower some of the game details.
If your graphics aren’t up to par, replace your video card today!