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tenyawph 27-02-2006 09:39 PM

Which Graphics card to buy in Y2018
Which PCIe DirectX 12 capable Graphics Card to buy in Dec 2017?

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


Current Trend
The main stream cards (aka mid-range cards) now come standard with 4 GB / 6GB 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 RX 570 and GTX 1060 series. For even better performance at resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (31" LCD monitor or bigger), 8GB or more graphics card will be required. Supports PCIe 3.0 specs, and usually comes with at least 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 display port.

GTX 1000 series
Latest Driver
GeForce Release 388.71 WHQL Win 10 20 Dec 2017

Radeon RX 500 Series
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Display Driver
Crimson Release 17.12.2 Win 10 19 Dec 2017
Supported RX 500, RX 400 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.

Cheapest Low-End Cards - Weak 3-D Performance
The lowest end AMD R7 240 series and GeForce GTX 1030 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.


AMD Radeon Cards
RX 570
Coming soon!
RX 580 8GB
Slightly faster than RX 480

Nvidia Cards

GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Faster than RX460 but slower than RX470, near GTX 960 performance
GTX 1060 3GB/6GB
Faster than GTX960, slower than GTX980, trading blows with RX 480
GTX 1070 8GB
A slower brother of GTX 1080
GTX 1080 8 GB
2nd fastest Nvidia graphic card
GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB
Fastest Nvidia graphics card

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

Below $100

$100 to $199
Zotac GTX 1030 2GB - 112 Laser
Powercolor Red Dragon RX 550 2GB - 139 Cybermind
ASUS GTX 1030 2GB - 139 Fuwell
Sapphire Pulse RX 550 2GB - 149 Cybermind
ASUS RX 550 2GB - 175 Cybermind
Palit GTX1050 Stormx 2GB - 180 Fuwell
Zotac GTX 1050 2GB - 189 Cybermind
MSI GTX 1050 Afterburner OC 2GB - 199 Fuwell

S$200 to $299
Zotac GTX1050 TI - 215 Laser
Zotac GTX1060 Mini 3GB - 299 Cybermind

$300 to $399
MSI GTX1060 Armor 3GB OC - 339 Cybermind
ASUS Strix RX 570 - 355 Fuwell

S$400 to S$499
ASUS RX580 Dual OC 8GB - 459 Fuwell

$500 to S$699
Palit GTX1070 Dual Fan 8GB - 588 Fuwell
Zotac GTX1070 Mini 8GB - 599 Cybermind
MSI GTX1070 Aero 8GB OC - 629 Fuwell

Above S$700
Gigabyte GTX1080 Windforce 8GB - 815 Cybermind
Gigabyte GTX1080 Ti 11GB - 1,175 Cybermind


1) HDCP-supported Graphics Cards/Devices
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, GTX 1000 series
Radeon X1600, X1800, X1900, HD 2x00, HD 3x00, HD 4x00, HD 5x00, HD 6x00, HD 7x00 series, R9,R7 series, R300, R400 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

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

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.

tenyawph 27-02-2006 09:50 PM



Review of GTX 1080 Ti

Review of GTX 1080

Review of GTX 1070

Review of GTX 1060

Review of GTX 1050

AMD Radeon RX 500 SERIES

Review of R580

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
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

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)
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)
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)
150 Ubi Avenue 4, Level4
Singapore 408825
Tel: 6512 9206

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
31 Kaki Bukit Road 3 #06 19
Techlink, Singapore - 417818
Tel: 6746 9827
Fax : 6836 4971

ragnarok95 27-02-2006 10:01 PM

Forsa under Gainward right

tenyawph 27-02-2006 10:05 PM

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.


Humster 27-02-2006 10:13 PM

Cool thread.

Now all we need is a

"Which CPU to buy 2006" thread :)

No wait.. that will start a new war (>...>

tenyawph 27-02-2006 10:31 PM

let someone start that thread. Do you want to be that person?

LongWei 27-02-2006 10:35 PM

cool man just ditch my 6200 for a second hand 6600gt

tenyawph 28-02-2006 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by LongWei
cool man just ditch my 6200 for a second hand 6600gt

The 6600GT represents the best performance/cost ratio, especially for 2nd hand ones.

tornedo 28-02-2006 08:46 AM

Excellent thread!!

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

We surely being pampered by your effort :D

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

Great job and keep it up... :)

tenyawph 28-02-2006 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by tornedo
Excellent thread!!

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

We surely being pampered by your effort :D

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.

Humster 28-02-2006 09:22 AM


Originally Posted by tenyawph
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.


tenyawph 28-02-2006 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by Humster
Its better not to have it.

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


Yes, I went thru' my baptizm of fire already, me being a junior member when I first started my graphics card thread.

ragnarok95 28-02-2006 10:09 AM

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 :)

tenyawph 28-02-2006 11:01 AM

By the way, fellow HWZoners, any distributors that I left out?

ragnarok95 28-02-2006 11:04 AM

gecude and alberton and elsa :)

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