Extreme Gaming Video Cards – 2012

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Looking for ridiculous graphical performance first and price second (or third, depending on how you feel about LED-bling)? Look no further. Let’s check out the latest, greatest and most financially-inadvisable CPUs available today.

nVidia GeForce GTX 690

Price: $999-1499

You don’t need this much graphical power. No one does (at least for several years). That said, this thing is ridiculous! The 690 GTX needs up to 300 Watts under-load, sports dual-heatsinks flanking a central on-board fan (yet is reportedly surprisingly quiet), and could probably blow up Alderaan (take that, Rebel scum!) and play Diablo 3 on Ultra settings at the same time. Talking about benchmarks is a bit silly. Let’s put it this way: if the rest of your gaming PC can handle it, the GTX 690 can do it in its sleep. Oh, one more thing: good luck finding one under $1k. With demand remaining sky-high since its release, retailers know they can charge an extra $500 bucks and still run out of stock.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 | Pricing ≈ $999 – $1500

Series: GeForce GTX 600 Max Power Draw: 300 W
GPU: GK104 x 2 Noise Level: Moderate
Release Date: 2012-05-03 Framebuffer: 4096 MB
Interface: PCI-E 3.0 x16 Memory Type: GDDR5
Core Clock: 915 MHz Memory Bus Type: 64×4 (256 bit)
Shader Clock: 915 MHz DirectX Compliance: 11.0
Memory Clock: 3004 MHz (6008 DDR) OpenGL Compliance: 3.2
Memory Bandwidth: 384.512 GB/sec PS/VS Version: 5.0/5.0
FLOPS: 5621.76 GFLOPS Process: 28 nm
Pixel Fill Rate: 58560 MPixels/sec Shader Processors: 3072 (1536)
Texture Fill Rate: 234240 MTexels/sec Pipeline Layout: SMX
Texture Units: 256 (128) Raster Operators 64 (32)

Values courtesy of GPUReview.com

AMD Radeon HD 7970

Price: $460 – $560

Sleek, sexy and priced to sell (at least compare to the GTX 690), AMD’s early January 2012 release in the form of the 7970 marks the pinnacle (so far) of the 7000-series. While not the monster that the 690 is, you’ll have exactly zero problems getting an impressive 60+ frames-per-second with maxed-out settings in Battlefield 3, Metro 2033 or Diablo 3. You might be able to able to get more bang-for-your buck from something from AMD’s 6000-series, but if you want your PC to whir softly and carry a big Radeon-branded stick, this is your video card.

AMD Radeon HD 7970 | Price: $460 – $560

Series: Radeon HD 7k Max Power Draw: 250 W
GPU: Tahiti Noise Level: Moderate
Release Date: 2011-12-22 Framebuffer: 3072 MB
Interface: PCI-E 3.0 x16 Memory Type: GDDR5
Core Clock: 925 MHz Memory Bus Type: 64×6 (384 bit)
Shader Clock: 925 MHz DirectX Compliance: 11.0
Memory Clock: 2750 MHz (5500 DDR) OpenGL Compliance: 4.2
Memory Bandwidth: 264 GB/sec PS/VS Version: 5.0/5.0
FLOPS: 3788.8 GFLOPS Process: 28 nm
Pixel Fill Rate: 29600 MPixels/sec Shader Processors: 2048
Texture Fill Rate: 118400 MTexels/sec Pipeline Layout: RISC MIMD
Raster Operators 32 Texture Units: 128

Values Courtesy of GPUReview.com

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