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Old 27-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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Which Graphics card to buy in Y2014

Which PCIe DirectX 11 capable Graphics Card to buy in Sep 2014?

This serves as a one-stop location for decision-making for buying graphics cards. Complementary to this, short sections on possble choices for the following:

Tips on buying 2nd hand graphics card
High Definition Movie Playback Requirements
Full 3D Requirements on PC


BUYING GRAPHICS CARDS GUIDE

Current Trend
The main stream cards (aka mid-range cards) now come standard with 2 GB memory, which matches gaming requirements at Full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1200) and AA/AF enabled, found on 22", 23" and 24" LCD monitors. Examples are the R7 260X and GTX760 series. For even better performance at resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (27" LCD monitor or bigger), 3GB or more graphics card will be required. Nvidia GTX 700 and Radeon R9,R7 series cards supports PCIe 3.0 specs, and usually comes with 1 or 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 or 2 display ports.

GTX 700 series
Latest Driver
GeForce Release 340.52 WHQL Win 7 29 Jul 2014

Radeon R9,R7 Series
Latest Driver - Catalyst 14.4 Win 7 25 Apr 2014 for R7, R9 200 series

Cheapest Low-End Cards - Weak 3-D Performance
These AMD R7 240 series and GeForce GT 730 series are best suited for 2D-display and some 3D games (modern 3D games unplayable at high settings). Instead of buying such cards, I recommend onboard graphics if playing modern 3-D games is not your forte. Most of the motherboards with onboard graphics come with a PCIe X16 slot, so you can add on a powerful graphics card later.


COMPARISON OF CARDS IN TERMS OF GRAPHICAL SPEED/POWER

AMD Radeon Cards
R9 270X 2GB
Similar to HD7870, slower than GTX760
R9 280x 3GB
Performs like a HD7970, behind GTX770
R9 290x 4GB
Consistently faster than GTX780, Fastest AMD single GPU card

Nvidia Cards
GTX 750 Ti
Much slower than GTX 760, slower than GTX 660
GTX 760 2GB
Latest mainstream card, slightly faster than HD7950, comparable with GTX670
GTX770 2GB
Comparable to GTX680, and faster than HD7970
GTX780 3GB
50% faster than GTX680, behind GTX690
GTX780 Ti 3GB
>10% faster than GTX780

The list of 1GB (unless otherwise stated) PCIe cards to buy in each S$ category as follows:

Below $100
Palit GTX730 2GB - $99 Fuwell

$100 to $199
Palit GTX740 - $125 Fuwell
Sapphire R7 240 - 130 Fuwell, PC Themes
Powercolor R7 250 - 159 PC Themes
Leadtek GTX750 - 179 Laser
Powercolor R7 260X - $189 PC Themes

S$200 to $299
Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC - 219 Fuwell, PC Themes
Powercolor R7 265 2GB Turbo - $239 PC Themes
Powercolor R9 270X 2GB Turbo OC - 270 Laser

$300 to $399
Palit GTX760 2GB - 349 Best Price, Fuwell, PC Themes

S$400 to S$499
Powercolor R9 280X Turbo Duo 3GB - 439 Laser
Leadtek GTX770 2GB - 489 Laser
Powercolor R9 290 4GB PCS+ - $499 PC Themes

Above $500
Palit GTX780 3GB - 709 Fuwell, PC Themes
Sapphire R9 290X 4GB - $775 PC Themes

TIPS ON BUYING 2ND-HAND GRAPHICS CARDS

1st - Buy the card with some warranty period left.

2nd - The card must come with receipt or warranty card (to make claim of warranty with distributor later - note: some brands do not have warranty card. Having the receipt is sufficient, as distributor depends on the warranty sticker on the card itself).

3rd - Buy from someone who have a lot of postings (at Market place/sales garage in VR-Zone forum), and have done some selling transactions. Check that there are no posting of complaints by buyers on that person.

4th - Inspect the card closely during the meeting with the seller. Check for signs of burnt marks/smell.

5th - Go to seller's house and see that the card is operating properly in his computer (this depends whether the seller is willing to do this for you). Peace of mind for both parties, actually, because seller is also protected from buyer's subsequent accusation that the card is already spoilt.

6th - Check out the card on the same day. If spoilt, immediately contact the person for refund.

Of course, despite the above, problems can still occur, especially, if there are people who are out to cheat you in the first place.

If the card is found spoilt and buyer refuses to take back the card, you can still go to the distributor for repair/ replacement. Applicable if you follow rule 1.


HIGH DEFINITON MOVIE PLAYBACK REQUIREMENTS

1) HDCP-supported Graphics Cards/Devices
IGP:
Intel 965G, G33, G35, G45, Core i3, i5 with integrated graphics
AMD 690G, 780G, 785G, 790G, 880G, 890G graphics

Discrete Graphics:
GeForce 7600 GT, 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTX, 7900 GX2, 7950 GX2
GeForce 8, 9, GTX 200, GTX400, GTX500, GTX 600, GTX 700 series
Radeon X1600, X1800, X1900, HD 2x00, HD 3x00, HD 4x00, HD 5x00, HD 6x00, HD 7x00 series, R9,R7 series

2) CPU: Dual Core or Better
3) OS: WinXP SP2, Vista or Win 7
4) Memory: At least 2GB recommended
5) Graphics Driver: HD-capable Graphics Driver: Catalyst 7.12 / ForceWare 167.37 or later versions
6) Hardware: Blu-Ray or HD-DVD Drive
7) HD Movie Playback Software: Cyberlink Power DVD Ultra (ver 7.3 for HD-DVD and ver 8 for Blu-Ray) or Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-Ray or ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 (Note: Power DVD version 8 and above does not have HD-DVD support).
8) HDCP Compliant Display: LCD Monitors with DVI-D or HDMI connection

Full 3D REQUIREMENTS ON PC
For full spectrum of Blu-ray-3D movie, 3D gaming and 3D photos content on PC

1) Supported Blu-ray 3D (with hardware decoding - Nvidia VF4 engine or AMD UVD 3.0) graphics cards:
Nvidia: GT240, GT320, GT330, GT340, GT400 or GT500 series graphics card
AMD: Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card
Note: Earlier generation(s) of graphics card will still work, albeit with higher CPU utilisation due to software decoding

2) Graphics Driver: Nvidia Forceware 257.21 (and 257.21 3D for Nvidia) / AMD Catalyst 10.10 (skip 10.11) or later

3) Supported OS: Vista or Win7

4) Blu-ray 3D playback media player:
Cyberlink Power DVD 10 Ultra 3D, Corel WinDVD Pro 2010 or Arcsoft Total Media 5

5) Blu-ray drive (playback of movies to be converted from 2D to 3D)/ Blu-ray 3D drive (playback of Blu-ray 3D movies)

6) Supported Display Hardware:
See supported list of monitors (for Nvidia's 3D Vision and AMD's HD3D): http://www.arcsoft.com/estore/softwa...etails#submenu

7a) Nvidia's 3D Vision
1) Nvidia 3D Vision Kit (glasses)

7b) AMD's HD3D
1) Active shutter 3D glasses from third parties
2) Stereoscopic 3D software: TriDef 3D Media player 6.5.5 or iZ3D

List of Blu-Ray 3D movies available
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ay_3D_releases

There are glass-free 3D displays but they suffer from a narrow angle field of view (FOV) of 30 degrees. Toshiba comes up with an improvement by using a 6-axis accelerometer to sense the orientation of the display with respect to the viewer and present the correct 3-D view to the viewer, up to a FOV of 90 degrees. However, this display is solely for a single user, as other viewers around the single user may not see the 3D image properly.

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REVIEWS OF LATEST GENERATION OF CARDS AND LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS' INFORMATION

GEFORCE GTX 700 SERIES

Review of GTX 780 Ti
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...cores-unlocked

Review of GTX 780
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...red-down-titan

Review of GTX 770
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...dging-exercise

Review of GTX 760
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...ng-card-masses

Review of GTX 750 Ti
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...good-last-watt

AMD RADEON R9 series

Review of 290X
http://anandtech.com/show/7457/the-r...r9-290x-review

Review of 280x
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...inum-3gb-gddr5

http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...-decent-choice

PCIe 2.0 slot supplies up to 150W power
PCIe 3.0 slot supplies up to 300W power
Anything above and the card needs an external power plug


GRAPHICS CARDS DISTRIBUTORS - 2-year warranty unless otherwise stated

ASUS (Longest warranty period with competitive pricing) - 3-year warranty
Leadtek (popular Nvidia brand among users)
Powercolor (popular ATI brand among users)
Ban leong
UBI TECHNOPARK
150, Sunlight Building, Ubi Ave 4, Level 4, S408825
Tel: 6512 9252

EQS (Disappear from the retail scene since the late 2007)
Elsa (known more for its professional range of cards) 3-year warranty
Sapphire (one of the established ATI brands around)
Zotac (Disappear from the retail scene since late 2007)
B & H Trading Pte Ltd
Rochor Canal Road, #02-19 Sim Lim Square, S188504
Tel: 65-6334-5168 / Fax: 65-6334-5138
EQS www.eqscomputers.com

Eagle (no frills brand, very affordable cards - cheapest in town)
ESPCO Computer (S) Pte Ltd
Blk 105 Boon Keng Rd,#02-15/16 Kallang Basin Ind.Est,S339776
Tel: 63378262, Fax: 63378269
www.espco.com.sg

Forsa (disappeared from retail scene after the GeForce 7 series was launched)
eSys Technologies
1 Rochor Canal Road #05-44, Sim Lim Square,S188504
Tel : 63390988
Fax : 63394558

GeCube (very affordable brand for ATI, HD 3000 and 4000 series)
Galaxy (known for outfitting excellent cooling solutions)
HIS (reputable brand with excellent cooling solutions)
AIM RESOURCES (S) PTE LTD
1, Rochor Canal Road. #05-23,Sim Lim Square. S188504
Tel:6336 6980,Fax:6336 6041
Operating Hours :
Weekday: 10:30am-7pm
Sat: 10:30am-3pm

Gigabyte (Longest warranty, rock solid cards) 3-year warranty
CDL trading
115a Commonwealth Drive #03-10/12, Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate, 149596
Tel: 64767659

Inno3D (one of the most competitively priced brands)
Connect3D (Disappear from the retail scene since late 2007)
MCP Computer Pte Ltd.
Sim Lim Square
Tel: 63322481

MSI (rock solid cards)
Pixelview (disppeared from the retail scene since the ATI 9000x series)
Corbell
Block 4012, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
#06-04 TECHplace 1,SINGAPORE 569628
tel:6452 4122 ,
fax:6456 7859
Weekday: 9am-6pm
Sat: 9am-12pm

Gainward (Overclocked Non-reference Nvidia Cards)
Point of View (new comer in town)
DigitalHub
150 Ubi Avenue 4, Level4
Singapore 408825
Tel: 6512 9206
www.pointofview-online.com

Sparkle (Disappear from the retail scene since late 2007)
Maetric Technology
Blk 5 Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 2A
AMK TECH II #07-07
Singapore 567760
Tel 64823298

eVGA (Overclocked Nvidia graphics cards at attractive prices)
Palit (formerly known as Xpertivision) (known for introducing uniquely overclocked versions at affordable prices)
Convergent Systems (S) Pte. Ltd.
60 Albert Street,#11-01 Albert Complex(A.k.A OG building)
Tel: 6337-0177
Fax: 6336-2247
operating hours:
Weekdays: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am -2.45pm

XFX (many models of overclocked Nvidia cards) 2-year warranty for products purchased from Dec 2005 onwards
KAIRA TECHNOLOGIES PTE LTD
31 Kaki Bukit Road 3 #06 – 19
Techlink, Singapore - 417818
Tel: 6746 9827
Fax : 6836 4971

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Forsa under Gainward right
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Old 27-02-2006, 10:05 PM   #4
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Forsa Brand is manufactured by GIL.

Geniman International Limited (GIL) as a leading Graphic player in the OEM & ODM electronics, games application, graphic solution, we are glad to announce our goal is to meet the challenges of this new graphic enhancement age by addressing the ever changing needs of our customers.
To achieve this goal, we have made global investments in Reach and Development and meeting the OEM & ODM global manufacturing and global network in order to fulfill our customer needs.
GIL, established in 1998, has growth into a USD 80 Millions yearly revenue, with more than 800 employees operates in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan in region of China.

http://www.geniman.com.hk

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Cool thread.

Now all we need is a

"Which CPU to buy 2006" thread

No wait.. that will start a new war (>...>
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Old 27-02-2006, 10:31 PM   #6
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let someone start that thread. Do you want to be that person?
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Old 27-02-2006, 10:35 PM   #7
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cool man just ditch my 6200 for a second hand 6600gt
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cool man just ditch my 6200 for a second hand 6600gt
The 6600GT represents the best performance/cost ratio, especially for 2nd hand ones.
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Old 28-02-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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Excellent thread!!

Clear cut, down-to-earth suggestions, with best price/shop and availability.

We surely being pampered by your effort

Do hope similar cpu/motherboard combo thread will surface with similar format and purpose. These are definitely helpful.

Great job and keep it up...
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Excellent thread!!

Clear cut, down-to-earth suggestions, with best price/shop and availability.

We surely being pampered by your effort

Do hope similar cpu/motherboard combo thread will surface with similar format and purpose. These are definitely helpful.

Great job and keep it up...
Thank you. I go my fair share of feedback and criticisms along the way, which helped to me update the information and keep in current.

Not planning to do the CPU and motherboard, because maintaining this thread is hard work already. Hope someone else can do the job.
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let someone start that thread. Do you want to be that person?

Its better not to have it.

The chances of it going up in flames in 2 days is very REAL.

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Its better not to have it.

The chances of it going up in flames in 2 days is very REAL.

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Yes, I went thru' my baptizm of fire already, me being a junior member when I first started my graphics card thread.
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Every thread has its own flaming way, this thread can also turn into a flaming thread since both ATI and Nvidia are involve, but then, flaming power is still litte compare to intel vs amd
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By the way, fellow HWZoners, any distributors that I left out?
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