Graphic Card Comparisons: Performance & Price

This question has been in the minds of many people i have met, and ive helped quite a lot too, so here is a tabular breakdown of the graphic cards of Nvidia and Ati, arranged in Descending order with respect to Performance & Price.

Reading the table is simple:
The graphics cards with
similar overall performance are grouped into “tiers.” The top tier contains the highest performing cards available, and performance decreases as you go down the tiers from there.

You can use this hierarchy to compare the pricing between two cards, to see which is a better deal, and also to determine if an upgrade is worthwhile. I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel, and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance.

Geforce

Radeon

8800 GTS 512MB, 8800 GTX, 8800 Ultra

3870 X2

8800 GTS 640 MB, 8800 GT 512MB

HD 2900 XT, 3870

8800 GT 256MB, 8800 GTS 320MB

HD 2900 PRO, 3850

7950 GX2, 8800 GS, 9600 GT

X1950 XTX

7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX

X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX

7800 GTX, 7900 GT, 7950 GT

X1800 XT, X1900 AIW, X1900 GT, X1950 PRO, HD 2900 GT

7800 GT, 7900 GS, Go 7950 GTX, 8600 GTS

X1800 XL, X1950 GT, Mobility X1800 XT

6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, Go 7800 GTX, Go 7900 GTX, 8600 GT

X800 XT (& PE), X850 XT (& PE), X1650 XT, X1800 GTO, Mobility
X1900, HD 2600 XT, 3670

6800 GT, 6800 GS (PCIe), Go 7800, Go 7900 GS, 8700M GT

X800 XL, X800 GTO2/GTO16, Mobility X800 XT, HD 2600 PRO, Mobility HD
2600 XT, 3650

6800 GS (AGP), Go 6800 Ultra, Go 7600 GT, 8600M GT

X800 GTO 256mb, X800 PRO, X850 PRO, X1650 GT, Mobility HD 2600

6800, Go 6800, 7300 GT GDDR3, 7600 GS, Go 7700, 8600M GS

X800, X800 GTO 128mb, X1600 XT, X1650 PRO, Mobility X1800

6600 GT, 6800LE, 6800 XT, 7300 GT DDR2, Go 7600 (128-bit), 8500 GT

9800 XT, X700 PRO, X800 GT, X800 SE, Mobility X800, X1300 XT, X1600
PRO, HD 2400 XT

FX 5900, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5950 Ultra, 6600 (128-bit), Go 6800
(128-bit)

9700, 9700 PRO, 9800, 9800 PRO, X700, X1300 PRO, Mobility X1450,
X1550, Mobility X1600, Mobility X1700, HD 2400 PRO, Mobility HD 2400 XT,
Mobility X2500

FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5900 XT, Go 6600, Go 7600 (64-bit), Go 8600M GS

9500 PRO, 9600 XT, Mobility 9800, 9800 PRO (128-bit), X600 XT,
Mobility X700, X1050 (128-bit), Mobility X1350, Mobility X1400, Mobility
X2300, Mobility HD 2400

4 Ti 4600, 4 Ti 4800, FX 5700 Ultra, 6200, 8400 GS

9600 PRO, Mobility 9700 (128-bit), 9800 LE, X600 PRO, Mobility X600, Mobility
X1300, Xpress 1250, Mobility HD 2300

4 Ti4200, 4 Ti4400, 4 Ti4800 SE, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5700, 6600
(64-bit), 7300 GS, 8400M GS

9500, 9550, 9600, Mobility 9600, X300, X1050 (64-bit)

3 Ti500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5700 LE, Go 5700, 6200 TC, 6600
LE, 7200 GS, 7300 LE

8500, 9100, 9000 PRO, 9600 LE, Mobility 9700 (64-bit), X300 SE, X1150

3, 3 Ti200, FX 5200 (128-bit), FX 5500, Go 5600, Go 6200, Go 6400, Go
7200, Go 7300, Go 7400 (64-bit)

9000, 9200, 9250, Mobility 9600 (64-bit), Mobility X300

FX 5200 (64 bit), 6100, 6150, Go 7200, Go 7400 (32-bit)

9200 SE, Xpress 200M, Xpress 1000, Xpress 1150

2 GTS, 4 MX 440, 2 Ultra, 2 Ti, 2 Ti 200

7500

256, 2 MX 200, 4 MX 420, 2 MX 400

SDR, LE, DDR, 7000, 7200

Nvidia TNT

ATI Rage 128

Source: Toms Hardware Guide

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