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2012-12-26

Buying a GPU

I find looking for statistics relating to GPU performance fairly confusing. There was one point where I followed all the lines and all of the statistics but that just doesn't seem overly relevant to me anymore.

My main requirements for a video card nowadays is "Will it play my video game at the framerate that I want it to with the specific graphic settings I want". That's all that really matters to me.

For example: Does Battlefield 3 play at highest graphic settings at my monitors native resolution?

There is a perfect site that does these kinds of benchmarks for you. That is the Anandtech GPU Comparison utility. They've extensively tested a ton of different video cards in many various games/settings.


They have a new benchmark ever year for new video cards. All you have to do is select your requirements for testing in the drop-down menu and you're off to the races.

You can select: Video Game performance  DirectX performance, or other standard benchmarking performance ratings to compare.

Bellow I have a link that lists fps for rendering Battlefield 3 at my desired resolution:

Last words of note. There are other specific features/functionality that may be important to people like Hardware Video rendering/decoding that is generally more available via NVIDIAs CUDA. But I generally find that NVIDIA runs hot and being on the bleeding edge of technology has its disadvantages.

I generally go with ATI as I find it to be more reliable and runs cooler but you may have a different experience.

For notebook graphics card benchmarks see: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

notebookcheck.net is generally the most comprehensive fps rating site for notebook gaming.

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