Best Graphics Cards 2012 – Comparison, Rating, Reviews

The heart and soul of any good gaming rig lies with its graphics card which can give any gamer not only an aesthetic advantage, but also an in-game advantage due to proper performance.  Conversely a poor video card/GPU can cause any gamer to under perform through lagging, ghosting, and freezing.  The graphics card product line is constantly changing and it is for this reason that we’ve decided to build, review, and maintain a list of the top rated GPU for each year.

Comparison/Review of 2012’s Best Rated Graphics Cards:

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1. EVGA nVidia GeForce 9500GT Graphics Card

Additional Product Details for the 9500GT:

  • Chipset: GeForce 9500 GT Engine Clock: 550 MHz
  • Video Memory: 1GB DDR2 Memory Clock: 1 GHz Memory Interface: 128-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 16 GB/s
  • RAMDAC: 400 MHz Stream Processors: 32
  • Connectors: Dual DVI-I, TV-out (HDTV ready)
  • Bus: PCI-Express x16 (PCI Express 2.0 Supported)
  • Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Thermal: Fansink

2. HIS Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card H467QR1GH

Additional Product Details for the HIS Radeon HD 4670:

  • CHIPSET FEATURES?: 320 stream processing units; 128-bit memory interface
  • Go Beyond HD Video: Accelerate your PC with the ATI RadeonTM HD 4670 GPU
  • IceQ Technology – Efficient transfer of heat outside of computer case: Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan
  • Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support: ATI RadeonTM HD 4600 series GPUs offer full support for the new DirectX 10 and DirectX 10.1 API
  • ATI CrossFireXTM Technology” “Take gaming to a new level with plug-n-play ease”

3. MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5

MSI GeForce GTX560

Additional Product Details for the GeForce GTX560:

  • Twin Frozr II Thermal Design, Dual 8cm PWM Fans for 50% more airflow.
  • Military Class Components Hi-C Cap provides more precise GPU voltage.
  • MSI Afterburner overclocking utility Support Over Voltage function of GPU Support advanced fan speed control. Support burn-in stability test.
  • PhysX & 3DVision Surround technology Support PhysX technology effects for realist physics effect.
  • Support 3DVision Surround technology to provide 3 monitor output simultaneously and real 3D image experience.
  • SSC (Solid State Chock) has No Buzz noise and higher current for better overclocking ability. All Solid CAP for longer lifespan.
  • SuperPipe technology and nickel-plated copper base for better dissipation 20? cooler than reference design

4. Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1 GB GDDR5

Additional Product Details for the Radeon HD 6850:

  • PCI-Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
  • 256-bit DDR5 memory interface
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support
  • ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays

5. EVGA GeForce GTX460 Graphics Card1024 MB DDR5 01G-P3-1371-AR

Additional Product Details for the EVGA GeForce GTX460:

  • GeForce GTX 460 with 675 MHz core clock
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • 1024 MB 256 bit 2.5ns GDDR5 memory
  • 3600 MHz memory clock and 1350 MHz shader clock
  • Windows XP, Vista and Windows7 support

6. Sapphire Radeon HD5770 Video Card Vapor-X 1 GB DDR5

Additional Product Details for the Sapphire Radeon HD5770:

  • GDDR5 memory
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support
  • ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays
  • hd5770; radeon5770; 5770; vaporx; vapor

7. XFX ATI Radeon HD6870 GPU 1 GB DDR5 HD687AZNFC

Additional Product Details for the XFX ATI Radeon HD6870 GPU:

  • Chipset: Radeon HD6870 Engine Clock: 900 MHz
  • Video Memory: 1GB DDR5 Memory Clock: 4.2 GHz Memory Interface: 256-bit
  • Bus: PCI-Express 2.1 x16 RAMDAC: 400 MHz Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Connectors: Dual DVI; HDMI; 2x Mini DisplayPort Thermal: Fansink Support Microsoft Windows 7
  • Support HDCP – High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection Support Microsoft DirectX 11 500 Watts Minimum Power Supply Requirement

8. EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked 1536 MB GDDR5 015-P3-1582-AR

Additional Product Details for the EVGA GeForce GTX 580:

  • GEForce GTX 580 Superclocked with 797 MHz core clock
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • 1536 MB 384-bit 0.4ns GDDR5 memory
  • 4050 MHz memory clock and 1594 MHz shader clock
  • NVIDIA 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI ready

9. EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 012-P3-1570-AR

Additional Product Details for the EVGA GeFprce GTX 570:

  • GEForce GTX 570 with 732 MHz core clock
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • 1280 MB 320-bit 0.5ns GDDR5 memory
  • 3800 MHz memory clock and 1464 MHz shader clock
  • NVIDIA 2-way and 3-way SLI ready

10. Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 100312SR

Additional Product Details for the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950:

  • PCI-Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
  • 256-bit DDR5 memory interface
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support
  • ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays