Best GPU 2011 – 2012

ASUS Radeon HD6950 GPU

What’s the Best GPU for Gaming?

Those who tirelessly game day in and day out know that the single most important piece of hardware for their computer is their GPU or Graphics Processing Unit.  Without a decent GPU your computer will either have a low FPS (Frame Rate) or not be able to run your games on their highest settings.  Avid gamers generally replace their video cards every 12-24 months in order to have their PC support the newest and greatest games.

*Untrue Fact of the day – Choppy Gaming accounts for at least 52% of all pwnge.

Ok, now that we’ve got our untrue fact of the day out of the way we’re on to graphics cards.  The two graphics cards we’ll feature today are the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 and the Asus Radeon HD6950.  You can generally find these GPU for less than $250.

Radeon HD6950

If you haven’t read techpowerup‘s mod on the HD6950, then we suggest you do.  Why pay an extra $70 when you can mod it to the HD6970 for free?  If you go with the 6950, then you’ll enjoy the new shading technology that Radeon has incorporated into their graphics cards.

GTX 470

The GTX 470 is a time and gamer tested graphics card.  I own it and it still runs all of my games on their highest resolution settings and promises to do so for at least another year or so.  The GTX 470 has been in the top 25 for GPU since it’s release about a year ago.  NVIDIA’s 400 series of graphics cards provides new accelerated tessellation to your picture.  This enables new and more scalable Geometry to all of your games.

Radeon HD6950 Vs. GTX 470 Table

GPUCore ClockStandardOtherWarranty and Support

GeForce GTX 470 with 607 MHz core clockPCI Express 2.0 1280 MB 320-bit 2.5ns GDDR5 memory3348 MHz memory clock and 1215 MHz shader clock Support Direct X11, Windows XP, Vista and Windows7 support. Warranty initial 1 year and after registration - LIFETIME

Chipset: Radeon HD6950 Engine Clock: 810 MHz Video Memory: 2GB DDR5 Memory Clock: 5000 MHzMemory Interface: 256-bit Bus: PCI-Express 2.1 x16 RAMDAC: 400 MHzMax. Resolution: 2560 x 1600 Connectors: Dual DVI; HDMI; 2x Mini DisplayPort Thermal: FansinkSupport AMD HD3D Technology Support HDCP - High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection Support Microsoft DirectX 11. Warranty: 3 Year Limited parts and labor.

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