Thursday, August 22, 2013

GPU List Superior Mainstream Gaming August 2013

These cards perform faster than mid level cards but not that high performance. This cards can be used to find harmony between price and performance. This cards do not burn much energy so you wouldn't be worrying about your electric bill either.

1. The first one is the GTX 660.

This card is built on a Kepler GK106 28nm GPU. This GK106 is fully unlocked.  It features 960 CUDA cores, 980MHz Base clock with 1006MHz boost clock(overclocked edition has higher clocks), 2GB 192bit GDDR5 144.2GB/s of framebuffer, PCI express 3.0, 4K2k display & all the nvidia technologies. It is fully supports DirectX11 Shader Model 5.0 OpenGL4.2. It supports 4 way multi monitor setup. Supports 2 way SLI. For output

This card has a TDP of around 140W(Overclocked Cards may have higher TDP). So a bit more decent power supply unit is needed. Recommended Power supply unit for this card is 450W. It is fed by a single 6 pin PCI e power connector.

Image : Asus GTX 660 - Direct Cooling Unit 2 - 2GB GDDR5 (Dual cooling fan, Heat pipes & SLI finger visible)

MSI GTX660 OC Gaming


Tested on a MSI GTX 660OC.

2. AMD HD 7870 (around $190)

This card has a bit higher performance than the GTX 660. It's higher memory bandwidth(153.6GB/s) lets user run games at higher resolution. It is built on a 28nm Pitcairn processor. It has a 4.8GHz/6GHz 256bit width memory interface, 2GB framebuffer. It is fully DirectX 11 capable, Shader Model 5.0 & OpenGL 4.2 capable. It has 1536Stream Processors.

This card is good enough for running most games at full HD resolution with very high details.

This card consumes a bit higher, 175W TDP. 500W Power supply unit is recommended for this GPU.

Sapphire HD7870 2GB XT With Boost.

3. GTX 760 (Around $250)

This is the nvidia's latest architectural beauty. It is also built on the Kepler architecture, GK104, 28nm process. It has 1152 CUDA cores, 980MHz base clock & a 1033MHz Boost clock. It has 6Gbps GDDR5 Memory of 2GB, with a bandwidth of 192.2GB/s.

One major difference between 6 series & 7 series is, 7 series features GPU boost 2.0.

This card has enough muscle to run most of the high end games at high frame rate. It has a 170W TDP & requires dual 6 pin PCI e power connector. So you will be needing a PSU that can provide this much power.

An Asus 760 card. This card looks mighty.

4. The next one is AMD 7950 (around $220)

The 79XX series is the AMD's high end series. It is also built on a GCN Tahiti 28nm process. With 1792 Stream Processors, 32 Raster Operator. It's core is clocked at 850MHz. It has 3GB of GDDR5 384 bit memory with a massive 240GB/s bandwidth.

This card fully supports DirectX11 Shader Model 5.0 & OpenGL4.2.

This card consumes a bit more power. Its a 200W TDP card & two 6 pin power connector is needed, so a branded 500W PSU is a must for running this card.

The XFX 7950. Beautiful!

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