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Last time we attempted to quantify the value propositions of a large cross-section of competing products, we concentrated on microprocessors. Ever since then, we've wanted to explore the same concept with graphics cards. Thanks to our latest round of graphics card reviews, which culminated with the massive GeForce 9 series multi-GPU extravaganza last month, we've ended up with enough benchmark data to paint a fairly complete picture of today's mid- to high-end GPU market.

Armed with this information, we've taken another crack at quantifying value, this time by looking at what sort of GPU power you get for your dollar. The results are interesting, if nothing else. Read on to see what we found.






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Our second observation is that two GeForces, the 9600 GT and 8800 GT, easily offer the best overall value in the single-GPU world. The 9600 GT is more attractive now, since it offers performance almost equal to the 8800 GT for a few bucks less. However, we suspect the GeForce 8800 GT could become more interesting in the months to come, should games start harnessing more of its additional shader processors and texture filtering capacity.
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If only Crysis was better coded.
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Nice find. Too bad they don't include the 8800GTX/Ultra...
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post #4 of 21
Well, 8800GT looks like a pretty good bet.
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wow I am impressed by the 9600 and the 8800gt perform really well in SLi except in crysis.
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If only Crysis was better coded.
If only people stop saying this^ because I already get it.
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If only people stop saying this^ because I already get it.
I wasn't saying it directly to you though.
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what i don't get is how that video of the aussie with 2 gx2's was able 2 bench at the same settings and get 60 fps??? have i missed something? and exactly how can 3 vid cards perform worse than 2 vid cards???
    
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Those graphs would be much better with a linear fit line.
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what i don't get is how that video of the aussie with 2 gx2's was able 2 bench at the same settings and get 60 fps??? have i missed something? and exactly how can 3 vid cards perform worse than 2 vid cards???
1. Resolution? What did he run at?

2. Drivers most proberly
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