Top Performing Low Cost Graphic Cards: April 2015

Buying a low cost video card can be tricky, specially if you want to use it to play the most recent games.  With so many choices available it is important to make the right decision when purchasing a graphic card, while trying to get the best for your money. Things like memory bandwidth, and the amount of memory are things you should be very careful about. We suggest GDDR5 Memory and recommend a minimum of 2048 MB, specially if you are looking to play the most recent games. We have selected the top performing low cost graphic cards, by targeting cards that can be found for less than 120$, but that are able to run many of the most recent games smoothly with good video quality.

We based our decision using the average Passmark 3GD  and Futuremark 3GMark benchmarks scores  which measures the 3D performance of the video cards and are based on thousand of aggregated benchmark tests. We also used the notebookcheck.net GPU benchmark tool to check the frame rate performance of the video card for different games.

Radeon R7 260x

 Price: ($0 to $8629 US)  ($0 to $8629 UK)
  • 3GD Score:  3014,  3DMark Score:  6190

The AMD Radeon R7 260x has a good value for the money. Its 3DMark scores is comparable to the score of other more expensive cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 760 and Radeon HD 7850. It comes with a 1024MB or 2048MB of GDDR5 VRAM and has memory bandwidth of 104 GB/s .It can supports resolution of up to 4096 x 3112  on  the HDMI port, wich is good to play 4K video or play video games in 4K resolution, if it is able to handle it. Furthermore, you can connect up to 6 monitors simultaneously using the its DisplayPort, 2 Dual-Link DVI-D, and HDMI  ports. As far as the power consumption is concern it draws up to 115 W.

AMD Radeon 260X

AMD Radeon 260X

What video games can it run?

The Radeon R7 260x is able to run the most recent games titles such as: Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, The Crew, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Assasin’s Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Wardare,  Civilization: Beyond Earth, F1 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Fifa 2015, Watch Dogs, Wolfestein: The New Order, Grid: Autosport, Titanfall and more.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

  Price: ($0 to $8629 US) ($0 to $8629 UK)
  • G3D score: 3,687 ,   3DMark score: 5670

The  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti  comes with 1024MB or 2048 MB GDDR5 memory and has a memory bandwidth of 86.4 GB/s. It can support up to 3 displays. It has HDMI, DVI and VGA ports and can support a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 on DVI, so you would not be able to play 4K content on this card.  This graphic cards stands apart with its energy consumption, drawing only up to 60W of power, which is more better than other comparable video card.

NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti

NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti

What video games can it run?

The GeForce GTX 750 Ti is able to run smoothly with most recent games titles such as: Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, The Crew, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Assasin’s Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Wardare,  Civilization: Beyond Earth, F1 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Fifa 2015, Watch Dogs, Wolfestein: The New Order, Grid: Autosport, Titanfall and more.

Radeon HD 6970

 Price ($0 to $8629 US)  
  • G3D score: 3,478,    3DMark score: 5670

The Radeon HD 6970 got a equivalent 3DMark score compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. It has a 2048MB GDDR5 memory and has a memory bandwidth of 176 GB/s which is almost twice better as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti.  It supports up to 6 monitor with a maximum resolution of 2560×1600 each using the Multi-Stream Display Port.  Where it falls behind is with its power consumption, which can draw up to 260W of power, which is alot compared to other equivalent graphic cards.

AMD Radeon HD 6970

AMD Radeon HD 6970

What video games can it run?

The Radeon HD 6970 is able to run smoothly with most recent games titles such as: Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, The Crew, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Assasin’s Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Wardare,  Civilization: Beyond Earth, F1 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Fifa 2015, Watch Dogs, Wolfestein: The New Order, Grid: Autosport, Titanfall and more.

Conclusion

There’s alot of video cards models available for less than 120$,  however we selected only a few in this article, which are not only good for their price but that can run most recent games with good graphic quality and resolution. We recommend you to compare the models and prices between the video cards before you purchase it, and be careful with the different options available with the same card model, as for example many video cards comes with different memory configuration.  You can use BuyGPU.com to easily compare the video cards offers available on the market.

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