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In August, we published a list of the 23 Greatest Graphics Cards Of All Time. While our readers generally enjoyed the trip down memory lane, some folks took offense at the title. The term "greatest" can mean a lot of things, and not everyone links it to the fastest hardware. While the flagships are always fun to look back on, more of us actually owned the budget-oriented options. Aren't the lower-priced cards that made great performance available to the masses just as deserving of honor and respect?

Indeed they are! Frankly, it was always our intention to follow up with a list of the greatest values in graphics technology, represented by models that enabled impressive performance for less than $200.

Now, let us pay our respects to these reasonably-priced trench fighters, arranged chronologically, of course.


Ahh....a wonderful walk down GPU-Nostalgia way. I still have many of the cards on this list!!


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My vote goes to my old GTX 465 that unlocked to a full GTX 470 and overclocked to 860 MHz core on just 1.075V.

It cost $107 shipped tongue.gif
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Nice article. I'm currently using one (two) of the cards listed.
    
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Had a couple of those. My last card was a 580 but the one before it was a 4650 which is still sitting in a draw right next to me.

That card saw a LOT of CS:S play.

Almost forgot I used to have a 9800 Pro until reading this. Back in my MoH:AA days.
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I'll always hold the TI 4200 close to my heart. Loved that card.
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that list was accurate minus the 7600
was also missing Ati's first value heavy hitter the 8500LE
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Great article!

I have or had a few of those - the GeForce 2 MX 400 32 MB, the 7600 GS AGP (lower clocked version with DDR2 memory of the 7600 GT), the X1950 Pro, which I bought for a great price last year from ebay for a Pentium 4 legacy system, the 8800 GT - exactly the model they showed - the factory overclocked Gigabyte 8800 GT Turboforce Edition with a Zalman cooler, great card, sold it after 2 years of use, hopefully still giving the current owner great times, the HD 4670 512MB DDR3 - in a backup system using Windows 8 Developer Preview (used to be in the Media Center), the GTX 460 1GB currently in my Media Center (was my main card until I found a great deal on my current GTX 480) - great card, and a Radeon HD 6850 which I had for a few weeks, had great performance but had a hardware problem which crashed the PC and I exchanged it for the GTX 460 1 GB.
 
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I'll always hold the TI 4200 close to my heart. Loved that card.

Same.
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I have two cards on the list (4670 & 6850) and Donated the 3rd (8600). The 4670 has been really great to me. I was able to play all my games at medium and medium-high settings at 1080p. I would still be using it today, but earlier this week, an OCN member sold me a 6850 Cyclone PE/OC for only $110 and I had to take it biggrin.gif.

The 4670 has a spot in my heart.
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