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Old 27-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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Which Graphics card to buy in Y2016

Which PCIe DirectX 12 capable Graphics Card to buy in Jul 2016?

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:

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 4 GB memory, which matches gaming requirements at Full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1080) and AA/AF enabled, found on 22", 23", 24" and 27" LCD monitors. Examples are the R470 and GTX 1060 series. For even better performance at resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (27" LCD monitor or bigger), 8GB or more graphics card will be required. High-end cards supports PCIe 3.0 specs, and usually comes with 1 or 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 or 2 display ports.

GTX 1000 series
Latest Driver
GeForce Release 368.39 WHQL Win 10 7 Jun 2016


Radeon R9,R7 Series
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Display Driver
Radeon Driver version 16.6.2 Win 10 29 Jun 2016
Supported Pro Duo, R9 Fury, R9 Nano, R9 300 series, R9 200 series, R7 300 series, R7 200 series, R5 230 series, HD 8500+ series, HD 7700+ series.
Does not support legacy cards, which includes
Radeon HD 8000 (HD 8400 and below), 7000 (HD 7600 and below), 6000, and 5000 series product lines.


Cheapest Low-End Cards - Weak 3-D Performance
The lowest end 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
RX 460
Coming soon!
RX 470
Coming soon!
RX 480 8GB
Slightly slower than R9 390X

Nvidia Cards

GTX 1060 4GB
Coming soon!
GTX 1070 8GB
A slower brother of GTX 1080
GTX 1080 8 GB
Fastest Nvidia Graphics Card

The list of 4GB (unless otherwise stated) PCIe cards to buy in each S$ category as follows:

Below $100
Palit GTX730 2GB- $99 Fuwell, Tradepac
Powercolor R7 240 2GB- 89 Laser

$100 to $199
Palit GTX740 2GB- 149 Fuwell, Tradepac
Powercolor R7 250X 2GB- 143 Laser
Powercolor R7 260X OC 2GB- 175 Laser
Leadtek GTX750 2GB- 188 PC Themes
Palit GTX750 Storm X OC 2GB- 190 Fuwell
Sapphire R7 360 2GB - 193 Tradepac

S$200 to $299
Palit GTX 750Ti Storm X OC 2GB- 215 Laser
Powercolor R7 265 OC 2GB - 215 Laser
Powercolor R9 270X PCS+ OC 2GB - 259 Laser
Gigabyte GTX950 OC 2GB- 259 PC Themes
Sapphire R9 280 OC Dual X 3GB - 279 Tradepac
Powercolor R9 280 Turbo 3GB - 285 PC Themes
Sapphire R9 280 OC Dual X 3GB - 285 Fuwell
Sapphire R9 370 Nitro - 293 Tradepac
Palit GTX960 Jetstream - 299 Laser

$300 to $399
Zotac GTX960 - 308 Tradepac
Powercolor R9 285 Turbo Duo - 309 PC Themes
Gigabyte R9 290 Windforce OC - 335 Fuwell
Sapphire R9 380 Nitro - 358 Tradepac
Sapphire R9 380 Nitro Tri-X -365 Fuwell, PC Themes
Sapphire R480 8GB - 388 Fuwell

S$400 to S$499
Zotac GTX970 - 475 Tradepac
Leadtek GTX970 Hurricane - 487 Tradepac
ASUS GTX970 Turbo - 488 Laser
Palit GTX 970 Jetstream - 499 Fuwell, Tradepac
Gigabyte R9 390 G1 Gaming 8 GB Super OC - 499 Fuwell


$500 to S$699
Gigabyte R9 390X G1 Gaming 8 GB Super OC - 619 Fuwell

Above S$700
Gigabyte GTX1070 8GB Founder's Edition 768
Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming 8GB - $1,188


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, GTX 900 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, Win7, Win 8

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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Old 27-02-2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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REVIEWS OF LATEST GENERATION OF CARDS AND LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS' INFORMATION


GEFORCE GTX 1000 SERIES

Review of GTX 1080
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...w-king-crowned

Review of GTX 1070
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...ess-half-price

Review of GTX 1060


AMD Radeon RX 400 SERIES

Review of R480
http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revie...et-performance



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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Old 27-02-2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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Old 27-02-2006, 10:05 PM   #4
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Old 27-02-2006, 10:13 PM   #5
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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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Old 28-02-2006, 09:53 AM   #12
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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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