Een vaak voorkomende vraag op het Gamelux forum is welke videokaart het beste is. Voor al deze mensen die op het punt staan een nieuwe kaart te kopen. Hier een benchmark test van 17 videokaarten door de heren van Extremetech.
De videokaarten die getest worden variƫren in prijs van 80 dollar voor de Diamond Radeon X550 tot 600 dollar voor de XFX GeForce 7900 GTX XXX. De kaarten zijn getest met resoluties van 1024x768, 1280x1024 en 1280x1024 met 4x anti-aliasing en 8x anisotropic filtering ingeschakeld. Geen hoge resoluties, maar zelfs de laagste instellingen bleken voor de goedkoopste videokaarten al een zware opgave. Getest werd met 3DMark06, F.E.A.R., Call of Duty 2, Doom 3 en Half-Life 2.
De kaarten: - Diamond X550 - eVGA e-GeForce 7300 GS - MSI RX1300 Pro - MSI RX1600 Pro - eVGA e-GeForce 7600 GS - Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT - Diamond X800 GTO - eVGA e-GeForce 7600 GT CO - XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX - ATI Radeon X1800 GTO - ATI Radeon X800 XL - XFX GeForce 7900 GT XXX - XFX GeForce 7800 GTX - ATI Radeon X1800 XT - ATI Radeon X1900 XT - ATI Radeon X1900 XTX - XFX GeForce 7900 GTX XXX
Sub-$100 Only the MSI RX1300 Pro is worth buying: Avoid the other two like the plague. Sure, they're better than Intel Integrated Graphics, but you can do a lot better without spending a whole lot more. If you pick up a Radeon X550 or GeForce 7300 GS, you're almost certain to be disappointed. Sub-$200 There are lots of great options under $200. Nvidia's new GeForce 7600 cards lead the pack. eVGA's 7600 GS is passively cooled (look ma: no fans!) and delivers pretty impressive performance for only $139. Similarly, their slightly overclocked 7600 GT is a fantastic value closer to the $200 mark. The only "loser" in this price range is Diamond's X800 GTO. This is dated technology, and we recommend you avoid it in favor of a card from the newer X1000 series (from Diamond or another manufacturer). Doom 3 performance certainly played a role in Nvidia's dominance here, boosting up those cards' average frame rate. The cards based on ATI's X1600 chipset actually represent a better overall value if you don't plan to play games based on the Doom 3 engine. Sub-$350 Just over $200 lies XFX highly overclocked GeForce 7600 GT XXX card, one of the best values in this entire roundup. It's right on the threshold where enabling AA and AF may slow down some games a little too much, while others will run fine. The next best value also comes from XFX, in the form of their overclocked GeForce 7900 GT XXX. The Radeon X1800 GTO from ATI is a good value as well, and without Nvidia's dominance in Doom 3 engine games, it looks even more attractive. Stay away from the X800 XL, though. This was one of our favorite value cards until recent weeks, when dramatic price drops brought newer-generation cards into its price range.