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As the title says, what's most important to you guys in terms of graphics cards?

-Value, efficiency, performance, performance per dollar, future-ready, etc

 

Let me know :)

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Performance, price/performance obviously.

 

What's nice though is one that doesn't suck a lot of juice and create an oven inside the case.

Problem there though is leading edge rarely means cool running.

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enough performance to do the job at a good price

efficiency is nice but not worth paying a heap extra for or dropping performance below a satisfactory level

driver stability? not really much of a choice as it varies depending on the other software and month to month as to which is best mostly there acceptable with a single gpu

overclocking head room is also a consideration for me as part of the cards value

 

not that power use is that bad this is the max power spike recorded in 3dmark
3770k@4.2ghz 1.27v 2133 10-10-10 1.45v
seasonic xp1050
2hdd ssd bdr

3dm 9741 980\1250mhz power limit 0% 328.0w
3dm 10541 1100\1350mhz power limit 50% +0mv 345.8w
3dm 11065 1200\1400mhz power limit 50% +113mv 404.6w

psu is operating at ~93% efficiency at that load so 328w drops to ~305w actual draw from the psu with the gpu at stock clocks and the cpu overclocked
some games do use more power than 3dmark though

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Performance/price, if not just outright performance. The ability to overclock several % out of the card is also nice.

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Price/performance but like quality parts too like vrm's and heatsink. I'd be willing to pay a bit more for better built card for OC.

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Currently going through this with my new build.

 

AMD vs Nvidia - doesn't seem much in it these days. How do you trust any of them when you know they are fiddling benchmarks?

 

I look at price vs performance and drivers I guess. The bottom line is that there is always a new card just around the corner that is better and faster and higher spec. It's bloody hard to keep up with the curve.

 

I guess temperature under load is something I look at too - extra heat is extra heat.

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Currently going through this with my new build.

 

AMD vs Nvidia - doesn't seem much in it these days. How do you trust any of them when you know they are fiddling benchmarks?

 

I look at price vs performance and drivers I guess. The bottom line is that there is always a new card just around the corner that is better and faster and higher spec. It's bloody hard to keep up with the curve.

 

I guess temperature under load is something I look at too - extra heat is extra heat.

Have you tried looking at third party benchmarks? I usually compare benchmarks everywhere and check up 3dmark results.

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Single word answer? No.

 

Things I considered with my most recent GPU purchase:

 

How noisy it was at idle and under load (not something I considered in past builds, much to my laterannoyance)

Power usage/heat output (moreso an issue with the above acting as a constraint)

Price:performance. This one is hard for me to pin down; I usually don't like spending more than about $300 on a GPU, but I was happy with what I paid for this ASUS 970.

Driver support/stability. CTDs are a pain but BSODs and hardlocks are worse. Not much that can be done from my end, tho'. Definitely made me rank AMD much lower while they sort their shit out.

 

Vendor specific stuff? Whether the market segments they're targeting fit my specific usecase, as per above. I think my last AMD GPU was Gigabyte just based on low-ish price and 'enough' features.

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Reliability under extreme conditions (solid caps, high heat rated everything)

Driver stability.

Cooling.

 

 

THe reason reliability is so important is because It comes into noise (how low you can lock the fan profile), stability (overclock), Australian temps (my office is 45*C on most afternoons, add into that gaming load, and she needs to stay stable at 110*C sometimes).

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the most important for me in terms of graphics card is the performance. You should buy a decent video card that have a good quality and also affordable.

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Currently I try to find out if it is a reference board that will accept a 3rd party water block. Beyond that I'll consider factory overclocks and pricing.

Purely due to the 3D Vision glasses that I never use, I only seriously consider nVidia.

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i prefer universal waterblocks and a heastsink on the vrm my current gpu block on the 290 is about 10 years old i just spent $15 to get a vrm heatsink for it as the one the came with the card was crap

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Performance per dollar.

 

I usually lean towards AMD these days just because of how unethical Nvidia has been of late with their monopolising Gameworks and etc.

 

I sometimes wonder what would've happened if ATI didn't get bought by AMD. Maybe ATI would've done better right now....

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Performance per dollar.

 

I usually lean towards AMD these days just because of how unethical Nvidia has been of late with their monopolising Gameworks and etc.

 

I sometimes wonder what would've happened if ATI didn't get bought by AMD. Maybe ATI would've done better right now....

 

Is that up to a certain budget? Or just making the best value choice regardless of cost?

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I pick a budget first off, $300 is my sweet spot, Then see what card gives the best performance for my nominated budget.

 

If it looks like Im not going to get thr required increase in or level of performance then I bump up the budget a little.

 

Dont run overclocks, dont care about noise, heat or energy use. (though have come unstuck when I went to fit a card and it was 3cm's to loong for my case....)

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I pick a budget first off, $300 is my sweet spot, Then see what card gives the best performance for my nominated budget.

 

If it looks like Im not going to get thr required increase in or level of performance then I bump up the budget a little.

 

Dont run overclocks, dont care about noise, heat or energy use. (though have come unstuck when I went to fit a card and it was 3cm's to loong for my case....)

 

That seems fair enough! Do you ever buy overclock cards though? Since they usually have a higher base clock too?

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The prettiness of the fans. Big fans = $$ though :(

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The prettiness of the fans. Big fans = $$ though :(

 

Have you seen the RGB LED fans on the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming cards? :)

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Hello Guys,


I'm assuming this is for gaming.


Most important specs are your displays resolution and refresh rate. If your display can't output more than 60 Hz at 1080p, then getting something like a GTX 980 is just a waste of money. Basically your display puts an upper limit on the card you have any reason to buy. Then just get the most expensive you can afford up to that point (with very few exeptions the more you pay the better the card and those exeptions don't last long)


Ethan Stark

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