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Hey everyone!
I'm writing a paper for my research writing class. The topic is Nvidia graphic cards vs AMD graphics cards. I plan on comparing the cost of several different cards and how they do in games and bench marks. I will also try to compute the cost of running the cards (amount of electricity they use). I am going to be as detailed as possible. I need ideas on what cards to compare other then the 7970 and the 680. I will be sure to include sli and cross fire. Please send any ideas or comparisons you think would be good.
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Edited by Funnyeddie - 4/12/12 at 5:55pm
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Only nvidia/amd or retail brands aswell? Something interesting these days is warranty but this would add quite a few pages to your paper since there are over a dozen brands with different warranties + the differences of law in us/eu/asia/...

Just putting my 2 cents in to get the ball rolling. smile.gif
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Different brands as well. Sorry I was not as clear as I could have been. But the warranties for all the different brands is really something that should be included in the paper (for the specific cards I include). Thanks Shizzless
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What are the explicit requirements of the research paper?

My idea would be to pick an easier topic, and also post something like this in the school help section, not the graphics card section. thumb.gif

Since this is a research paper, why would you also take on a comparative task? There's a huge difference between writing a research paper and writing a comparative paper. I think a historical research paper on the advancement of graphic cards (or even CPUs), and you won't get stuck in the pitfalls of the reader not understanding what a benchmark is, what frames per second mean, what something like shaders are, memory size, memory bandwidth, etc., and generally getting lost. You'll end up wasting a lot of time explaining what each benchmark means. I could see this being a good idea for something like a computer technology writing course, but not a generic research writing course. Generally the goal of a research paper is to show you can do proper research on a topic, not to do a comparative essay.

I apologize if that sounds harsh, but take it from someone who's made the exact same mistakes before and had a really hard time understanding that writing about a topic you enjoy talking about doesn't usually overlap with writing a paper that satisfies the requirements. The easiest way to write the paper is to do research on a simple topic and present it. Don't make more work for yourself by doing a comparative piece, and then have to waste tons of time, energy, and writing just to explain the various tests used for evaluating graphics cards.

Lastly, it will inevitably come down to you making a statement like "this gfx card is better," which is an opinion, and generally not well-received in a research paper. If you do choose to go with the gfx card comparison route (which I think is a mistake), just at least make sure you keep your opinions out of it. Don't make interpretations that are generally opinions.

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guyladouche,
Thanks for your post. I did not know that their was a school help section otherwise I would have used it. I'm still very new to the ocn community. I was not very clear with the details of my paper. I plan on taking a look at about three of four different sets of graphic cards (one nvidia, one ati) not every single card. Then making a decision which one within the set is the best price (not only initial but over time). So basically I will be looking in detail at 8 cards. I know it will be very difficult and time consuming explaining graphics cards to people who have no knowledge but I'm up to it. The aim of my paper is not to say this card is better but to say this card costs less or more to run and preforms close to this card which costs this much and this much to run over time. I do understand what you are saying when you said I would be giving my opinion. I will be to a point but I am going to try my hardest to examine everything and say this costs less overall.
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