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« on: January 14, 2012, 10:53:38 PM »

So I'm looking for a replacement for my 9600 GT 512MB video card. It can handle Arkham Asylum OK, but games like Skyrim stumble a little. I want something under $100, but something that will be a substantial improvement. Any suggestions, or am I going to have to spend more for something better?
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 02:59:47 AM »

I'd aim for a 460 GTX or a 6850.

Canadian example:

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65721&vpn=ZT%2D40407%2D10P&manufacture=Zotac&promoid=1065

NCIX stinks for US prices though (checked) so perhaps newegg.com? (I'm looking now).

Stay the F*** away from ATI 66xx and 67xx series, and anything less than 460 GTX. Used, you should be able to find a 460 in the woods. I bought one from Vinda-Lou a couple months ago.

Even a 5770 is better than 66xx, and a 67xx is more expensive and gives almost no boost to the 5770 line.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 03:04:32 AM »

the 460 1GB outperforms the 550 Ti, so that's where my advice lies. It's only 20 bux more, and is significant.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162055
 
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012, 03:44:05 AM »

I cannot figure out the ATI numbering system for the life of me anymore. Is there any rhyme or reason to it?
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 05:06:19 PM »

First of all - your 9600GT is a rebadge of the 8800GT, - so when looking at benchmarks, look for 8800GT if 9600GT isn't listed. You can check out Anandtech`s benchmarks over here:

2011 GPU Comparisons
2012 GPU Comparisons

As to ATI naming:
5000 series are cards from about 2 years ago. The 57xx are DX11 cards, first gen (best bang for buck as entry cards late '10, through early '11). The 58xx cards are faster still, and the 59xx are the fastest of that era.

This repeats with the 66xx is a rebadging of the 57xx line (much like your gt9600, mentioned above). The 67xx cards are third tier cards that came out more recently, the 68xx and 69xx cards are their fast and faster original lines (respectively).

The 7xxx series are even faster, and way out of your stated budget. Hell, the 69xx`s are far out.

As to the xx, they are incremental in their respective class. The ones you`ll be looking at are 50, 70, and 90, each being slightly (or significantly) better than the prior. there can also be a bit of overlap, where a 6870 might be as fast or faster than a 6950 in some categories, but not consistently so.

You can check out anandtech.com or tomshardware.com to get an idea as to performance.

I cannot stress this enough : stay away from 66/67 ATI cards. In terms of used, I`d suggest getting a 58xx card as it should do better than the 67xx line, and be significantly cheaper as someone else is looking for teh new shiny.

If you go with Nvidia (once again, look for a 460 GTX for the sweet spot), you`ll also have some advantage with tessellation and PhysX (which is beautiful in games like Batman:AA).

tl;dr:

5000 is 2010 series cards
6000 is 2011 series cards
7000 is 2012 series cards

600 is entry level
700 is budget gamer level
800 is enthusiast gamer
900 is for those with money to burn

50 is entry
70 is mid-to-high
90 is high-to-extreme

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 12:00:55 AM »

That's awesome! Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2012, 02:55:22 PM »

Got a 5750 in my aging dual core 3.0 and it has made a huge difference. Skyrim looks great.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2012, 09:24:27 PM »

not looking at the moment, but I am curious.  I have a 4870 1gb that I bought from Turtle a while back and the mb I have has an IGP 4250 128mb. 

I haven't gone to crossfirex yet but am going to.  with a max res of 1680x1050, is there any point in getting a card to replace/crossfire with this configuration?  obviously, I don't have access to the higher dx version, but how much of a difference is there?

Purge, why do you say to avoid the 66/67 line? 
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2012, 12:47:25 AM »

Price vs value. A 66/67 is really a 56/57, except you pay more. I just had a 5770, and I had no complaints. That being said, I bought it for 139.99 ~ 1.5 years ago. It isn't worth that much today. The rebranding fools people, and I don't like it.
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