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Which Graphics Card for Motherboard Reviews?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DanishDevil, Jun 25, 2009.

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Which Graphics Card for Motherboard Reviews?

Poll closed Jun 30, 2009.
  1. GTX 260 192

    8.1%
  2. GTX 260 216

    16.2%
  3. GTX 275

    8.1%
  4. GTX 280

    2.7%
  5. GTX 285

    18.9%
  6. 4830 1GB

    8.1%
  7. Dual 4830 1GB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 4850 1GB

    2.7%
  9. Dual 4850 1GB

    8.1%
  10. 4870 1GB

    29.7%
  11. 4890 1GB

    24.3%
  12. Something else...

    21.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. DanishDevil

    DanishDevil

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    I'm going to be reviewing motherboards pretty soon, and I was wondering what you guys thought would be the coolest graphics card to have benched with them.

    Choices are above! Motherboards will probably be Crossfire capable, but not SLI capable. They will be skt775 for now.

    Recommend specific cards below.
     
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  2. erocker

    erocker Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't have a specific card in mind, but how about something with no extra power connectors so it relies solely on the power the motherboard can supply?
     
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    I got the cheapest 4870 1gb I could find for mine :) I think something with two PCIE connectors would be the best since most gamers have cards that require them, and most people have GTX 260/4870 cards as well.
     
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    Poll added up top. Thanks erocker and ShadowFold for the comments. I wouldn't mind having a cheaper card without power connectors as well as one with dual connectors. It would be interesting to find the board's limit with let's say a GTX 260, then swap it for a connector-free card and see if it affects the max clock.

    Edit: erocker, what kind of card would you recommend for that then?
     
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    I'm with erocker here, something low power that doesn't require a power connector, even though in the end it won't really matter. It can only supply so much power from the PCI-e slot.

    Perhaps a 4670 or something along those lines. Currently ~$70. Not best bang for the buck, but they really aren't bad.
     
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    Are there any 4830 1GBs without power connectors?
     
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    The fastest you can buy. It will look great in specs on pics and you would be sure that is not bottlenecking.
     
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    something mid range that most gamers could have. IE 4870 or gtx 260
     
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    4890 1GB it's best ATI single card ..good for crossfire
     
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    If you dont want to stretch to multiple tests with multiple cards then 285 because it offers the best single chip performance and will provide the least bottleneck for testing mobo /cpu /ram configs and so give clearest picture of a mobos capability and rules out SLI / Xfire driver snafus.
     
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    InnocentCriminal Resident Grammar Amender

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    I know it'll be extra work and maybe even unnecessary but if your budget allows, why not use a card from both camps?
     
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    Why isn't the GTX 295 listed?
     
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    Because I can't afford it and it's overkill for testing motherboards.
     
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    get a cheap card. that supports dx10. without power connectors. that will be available for a considerable time. that is quickly replacable. maybe get a spare one. i'm thinking max. 9600 gt or 4770, you should be fine with much slower and cheaper.

    who are you going to review motherboards for ?
     
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    best performance 2x4890
    best performance per dollar 2x4850 1G
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    I say a GTX260, very popular, and a lot of power for the money.
     
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    I recommend GTX 285. Game / synthetic 3D performance is still a good ingredient of a motherboard review. GTX 285 will make sure you don't have to rebench for at least another 12 months.
     
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    How can this be EvolvA has voted 7 times altoghter in the poll?
     
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    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Multiple choice poll.
     
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    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    from my experience high end cards are irrelevant for a motherboard review. given the same graphics card, same cpu there will be zero difference in 3d performance no matter the chipset and its settings, even memory frequency/timings have almost no effect.
     
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    i voted for 4870 1GB, why? its teh card that went boo!, its cheap and its fast and everyone know the card
    its not to fast and its not to slow, and not to cheap, so its perfect ;)
     
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    I voted something else as I do think you'll benifit more from having two mid-range cards from both nVIDIA & ATi - unless that adds too much to your work load.
     
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    its a motherboard review. why test different graphics cards? there is no "card x will work better on board y". power draw shouldnt be an issue either, if it is buy a hd 2400 and a better psu with the money you saved.
     
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    I'd say something average,not massivly expensive that only a few can afford.A midrange ati or nvidia card.
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    I agree.

    I recommend you bench the more non pricey cards(GTX 260, 4870) as the majority of people don't spend close to $500 on the video card alone.
     

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