Whether you are a gamer or not, having a graphic card can make all the difference in your experience over your computer. 2012 saw some very exciting releases of graphic cards over the markets, including two from AMD – the Radeon HD 7970 and the Radeon HD 7950. Graphic cards have known to be pretty pricey, but with the competition increasing in this area, even high performance graphic cards are becoming relatively more affordable. Here is a list of the top 5 graphic cards for 2012. No surprises, the list is chock full of AMD and Nvidia products.
1) Nvidia GeForce GTX 690:
Claimed to be the best graphic card “ever”, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 features a dual GPU with a Graphic Jam 1280 Stream Processor, a 512 bit memory, and support for OpenGL 4.2 and DirectX 11.1. The design of the card itself is very aesthetic, and with a single PCB it manages to give the impression of a complete GTX 680 SLI. It operates very quietly and does not drain your battery out which makes it ideal for long use. Because it is an expensive product though, only serious gamers might consider it. [Buy at Amazon]
2) Nvidia GTX 680:
Perhaps the fastest graphic cards around is the Nvidia outdid AMD with the GTX 680 even though it released the card well after AMD. The card carried the Kepler GK 104 GPU and has a clock of 1200 Megahertz. Like the 690 it supports OpenGL 4.2 and DirectX 11.1, and also has the capability to upgrade for higher performance. There is low power drainage – and the GPU Boost Technology can draw 32% more power. An impressive feature is the Adaptive VSync which can avoid dropping frame rates. [Buy at Amazon]
3) AMD Radeon HD 7990:
Coming close behind the GTX 680 is the AMD Radeon HD 7990 which was actually released earlier than the Nvidia product. Hosting a technology called MD Eyefinity, the 7990 hosts also a GPU with process of 28nm, The clock speed is at 1050 Megahertz, which remains stable even at 100% load of the GPU. It has 3 GB worth of GDDR5 memory, and a faster RAM than its predecessor at 6Gbps. Most importantly, it is compatible with computers and not with gaming consoles alone.
4) AMD Radeon HD 7950:
What is best about the Radeon HD 7950 is its affordability as compared to others in the league which makes it stand out from the rest. As to architecture and specifications, it has up to 800 MHz engine clock, a 3GB memory and GCN architecture. There is enough room for over clocking provided by the Tahiti Pro core and the ZeroCore Power which works silently but efficiently will ensure you are not draining your battery or electric supply unnecessarily. [Buy at Amazon]
5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670:
With a GPU of GK104, CUDA cores of 1344 and clocks at 915 MHz (for base clock) and 980 MHz (boost clock) and a memory of @GB GDDR5, Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 is the last on the list of top 5. As a second teir card, it is more affordable than the other Nvidia cards, but perhaps more expensive than those in this tier. You however get nearly the same experience out of this that you would with the GTX 680, and it has very impressive GPU Boost technology. [Buy at Amazon]
This article written by Mark Dwayne of cabletimenyc.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Cable Time NYC.