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What defines a great graphics card?

That's easy. If its green its a great graphics card to Nvidia fanboys. If its red its a great graphics card to AMD fanboys.

In all seriousness, a great graphics card is whatever one best meets your performance / value / efficiency needs. If you got the money you can always go for the absolute top end dual-gpu monster. On a budget there is always a sweet-spot for price-to-performance (7950 or 660Ti these days). Then there are always value cards on the low end that still give good-enough performance. Not to mention that sometimes last generation's high end can be had for a great price!
post #12 of 25
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I guess I'm thinking that as long as a card will do 60 fps on a 60 Hz monitor with good AA and texturing etc. then 300 fps is totally overkill, and not even noticeable in game perfomance.

It's more like my engine (gpu) has more horsepower than yours nowadays eh???
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FOR CONSUMER GPUs:
* Stability/artifacting : crashing, black screens, lines are unacceptable at stock clocks

* Price/Performance at 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 (60+FPS with decently high settings such as 4xAA on non-FPS games/programs and real applications like Photoshop)
--> Not buying a $300+ GPU for $200ish CPU. If it's crazy price/performance then you can put it under water if the thermals are bad.

* Thermals (because higher TDP means more cooling which means more noise) ... because 40+dB at 1m is insanely annoying.

* Idle power consumption

* Compute performance in OpenCL and CUDA (i.e. Bitmining/ Folding @Home)

* Overclock performance at stock voltage

FOR Workstation GPUs:

* Stability/artifacting : crashing, black screens, lines are unacceptable at stock clocks

* Thermals (because higher TDP means more cooling which means more noise) ... because 40+dB at 1m is insanely annoying.

* enough GDDR5 memory (2GB+)

* Compute performance in OpenCL and CUDA (i.e. BOINC, Folding @Home)

* performance with multiple mixed monitor setups
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post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by croseiv View Post

I guess I'm thinking that as long as a card will do 60 fps on a 60 Hz monitor with good AA and texturing etc. then 300 fps is totally overkill, and not even noticeable in game perfomance.
It's more like my engine (gpu) has more horsepower than yours nowadays eh???

You won't notice it per se, however you can feel it. No one can tell me they won't notice the difference between 60FPS and 120 FPS on a 60HZ monitor.
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You won't notice it per se, however you can feel it. No one can tell me they won't notice the difference between 60FPS and 120 FPS on a 60HZ monitor.

I guess it seem to me too that GPU performance as really outpaced what 99% of games require to be played even at max settings.
post #16 of 25
All boils down to price/performance and overclocking ability IMO.

8800 GT is my all time favorite card. 1950xtx after that.
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You won't notice it per se, however you can feel it. No one can tell me they won't notice the difference between 60FPS and 120 FPS on a 60HZ monitor.

Couldn't think of good Star Wars reference to make fun, but still laughing for few minutes now

P.S. Good GPU is the one that will last longest and will have least cost per day (price it divided by days you own)
Edited by DiNet - 11/2/12 at 10:59am
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Couldn't think of good Star Wars reference to make fun, but still laughing for few minutes now

He he. Yeah. Me too. LOL thumb.gif
post #19 of 25
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All boils down to price/performance and overclocking ability IMO.
8800 GT is my all time favorite card. 1950xtx after that.

On one hand you have true game performance. On the other hand you have artificial benchmarks that are synthetic(FPS driven) and may not truely represent what one will experience in game. On all benchmaks I've ever run, overclocking did not increase picture quality. Only at really high OCs then you see a decrease in PQ and increase in artifacts.
Edited by croseiv - 11/2/12 at 11:04am
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Performance, price, reliability, cooling solution, noise, ports, aesthetics.

Everything, basically.
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